One has to be apprehensive
Stabroek News
December 18, 2001

Dear Editor,

I guess we live in a country where the police shoot first and ask questions later. Too bad. They have changed the life of a twelve year old boy forever. They have changed who he will become.

There are no excuses. The police are supposed to be our friends. They have a special responsibility to serve and protect the people of this country. What can they really say to this child who must be traumatized to say the least? I guess we can be thankful at least that they did not kill him.

When will this end? How many more innocent citizens have to be maimed or killed before we have some action?

It's getting to the point where one has to be apprehensive about everything it seems. The police were supposedly looking for a man who reportedly has a criminal record. There were no shots fired at them but with little provocation they open fire on a child who was hiding in a wardrobe because he felt fearful about these men with guns. He was right to be afraid.

Yours faithfully,

Andrea Rohlehr McAdam