Is Buxton a sanctuary?
Stabroek News
April 11, 2002

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Dear Editor,

I am sure that I am not only the Guyanese who is angry at the ridiculous outbreak of violence at Buxton. Is Buxton a sacred territory where thieves and murderers can have sanctuary and the police have no rights to intrude in the pursuit of criminals?

We all know that many of the hijacked cars were found in the vicinity of Buxton, which pointed to that area as a possible place where the five escaped criminals were receiving help in their nefarious activities.

It is also ridiculous to suggest, as the Stabroek News report portrays, that the criminal who was killed recently was "executed" and tales are being concocted that he did not fire at the police, who returned fire.

The police had every right to pursue this criminal, wherever he might be. They had strong evidence, according to police reports, of the man's fingerprints on stolen vehicles and other evidence of his involvement in the hijackings.

Some people want it both ways - the police must find the criminals and protect society - but the police must behave like saints and get killed, once the criminal is safe.

We should be proud that we have strong, aggressive police to protect us from the ruthless and well-armed criminals who are terrorizing the population.

Yours faithfully,

T. Carter