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Solange really packs a punch. Look at
Jay-Z, backing off as she lashes out kicking
and screaming. Her sister, reticent. The
bouncer, intervening, risking serious injury.
Should we have seen that squabble? How
was the footage released and should it have
been? Was it an invasion of privacy?
That the footage was leaked and published
by TMZ was a reminder---nothing carried out
in public places is private any more.
Britain is a surveillance state; our city streets
are filmed night and day. Every movement
is recorded in real time, stored on tape,
watched back at will, from street to train sta-
tion, casino, park, pub, shop. It s part of the
police detection system.
I have no problem with it. In fact, I like
it. Unlike a lot of people I don t mind being
the target of voyeurism and I don t mind my
privacy being invaded if it protects me and
others. I m not raping, murdering or dealing
drugs, so why should I object to the prolif-
eration of CCTV on the streets of Britain?
One camera for every 32 people, according
In Trinidad, there are reportedly 62 cameras
per 100,000 people. Murders, rapes, shootings
and stabbings, are committed with total
impunity. All you have to be is nimble-footed
and a little bit smart to commit a crime and
get away with it.
Dana Seetahal s murder, and her life, were
brilliantly captured in BC Pires column last
Friday. He constructed a detective novel/crime
thriller/film noir pastiche of the events leading
to her death and recalled the remarkable life
of a woman who, unlike many people, honed
and employed the full capability of her intel-
ligence and integrity to grapple with, and
scale, the intimidating heights of a justice
system, indeed a social system, where wrong-
doing is wilful, blasé, tolerated, accepted and
His tribute to Dana and her family was
beautiful and moving. The literary depiction,
the way he climbed inside her mind, nothing
could have been better. Nobody else thought
about it in that way. He lived it, her life and
her final moments.
The ultimate tribute in her eyes, however,
would be for her killers to be brought to justice
in an efficient no-nonsense judicial way. From
what I hear, she didn t tolerate nonsense.
I never got to meet her but last year I tele-
phoned her for comments on the proposed
anti-gang laws. After ten seconds of me
explaining who I was and why I wanted to
speak to her she told me, "I m very busy. I
don t have time for this," and hung up.
At the time I was mildly annoyed. In hind-
sight, I m enamoured.
There were infinitely more important things
she was attending to than a reporter chasing
a story. She was dealing with real people s
lives in a criminal justice system that operates
on the margins of reality, surrealism and farce.
Her ambush should have been witnessed,
if not by people then at least by surveillance
cameras. Had the murder taken place in Lon-
don, the vehicles would have been traced
almost immediately, their prior routes, getaway
routes, the incident itself all recorded. The
assailants would have been identifiable on
camera renting the vehicles, getting in them,
So were the rioters in the UK in 2011, the
Boston marathon bombers, the 9/11 suspects,
7/7 suspects---all shown repeatedly on inter-
national TV news within hours.
Even unofficial footage is publicised. Like
Mr Carter s fight with his in-law in the ele-
vator, like John Galliano s anti-semitic tirade
at a bar in Paris.
We are told 13 cameras lined the route Dana
took. Where s the footage?
Surveillance has solved countless crimes
in the UK and so has DNA evidence. Traces
of explosives from guns can be used to link
shooters, their clothes and vehicles to crimes.
Many sickening historic crimes which oth-
erwise would have gone unsolved forever have
been solved using blood, semen and skin
tissue samples. Murderers who thought they
had escaped the law are behind bars.
Time and technology has moved on. T&T
has enough money to spend on its citizens.
Education, fuel, health... What about its cit-
izens lives? Are they that cheap that we can t
afford to install police cameras on road lights,
street corners, shop fronts, promenades?
Particularly when we have such a low rate
of homicide detection---under ten per cent
compared to 65 per cent in the UK. Partic-
ularly when we are gaining a reputation for
lawlessness and crime that is undermining
the country on many levels internationally.
Is privacy so sacred we will allow people
to be killed? Is our genetic data such a personal
privilege we re prepared to let rapists and
If the answer is yes, then we may as well
be living in pre-technology times where noth-
ing was recordable, nothing was detectable
and killers got away with murder.
See no evil, hear no evil
...the rioters in the UK in 2011, the Boston marathon bombers,
the 9/11 suspects, 7/7 suspects---all shown repeatedly on
international TV news within hours...We are told 13 cameras
lined the route Dana took. Where's the footage?
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