Investigations are still continuing into death threats against police officers found scribbled on Manse Road in Bodden Town on Friday (11 May.) The markings have all been painted over, but one sociologist says the graffiti points to the need for social programs intervention in that community.
“Those persons who are doing this should be held to account and that graffiti should be removed immediately,” said Hon. Franz Manderson, Deputy Governor of the Cayman Islands.
And that is what happened over the weekend, pillars that once bore death threats now have a fresh coat of paint over them. But Deputy Governor, Franz Manderson is worried by the initial message sent.
“Well I am extremely concerned that there are people in our community who would behave in such fashion and show such disrespect for our police,” said Mr. Manderson.
Mr. Manderson said that the police is responsible for our safety and should be respected.
“All of us, everyone in the Cayman Islands should must support our law enforcement agencies, especially our police officers, they do a fantastic job for us, keeping us safe and this type of behavior has no place in our beloved Cayman Islands,” said Mr. Manderson.
Sociologist Dr. Frank McField believes this behavior comes from a group of people in society that feel alienated due to social economic conditions.
“I think most people look at these types of behaviors as criminal in the sense that they want to draw a further line between those people that are perpetuating these types of behaviors and themselves and the society as a whole,” said Dr. Mc.Field.
He said those who feel like outcasts of society see graffiti with this message as a type of validation for their actions. To combat it, he said, there is a need for psychological and social intervention.
“This is the reason why rehabilitation never works because they never really sort of attempt to understand and to cure the real causes of crime which has to do with the individual worth,” said Dr. McField.
He also said critical issues like education and jobs will help address the feeling of hopelessness and anger against those in authority.
No suspects have been arrested for the vandalism, but those in the community have rallied their support behind the police.