Source Pravda.Ru

Jamaican police officer warns gangsters in song

A senior &to=http://english.pravda.ru/mailbox/22/98/395/14180_Bush.html' target=_blank>Jamaican police officer cleared of murder charges has written a song promising to rid the Caribbean island of criminals if he's allowed back on the job.

Police Superintendent Reneto Adams and two officers were acquitted Dec. 20 of killing four people during a May 2003 raid in Kraal, a village about 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of Kingston.

A day after his acquittal, Adams' dancehall song, "Serve and Protect," aired on the radio. In it, he warns thugs in Jamaica's toughest communities that he's returning to the streets.

Known for his trademark sunglasses and combat gear, Adams has led his elite police squad on raids that have resulted in about 40 deaths, said Families Against State Terrorism, a local human rights group.

Police Commissioner Lucius Thomas declined to comment, police spokesman Karl Angell said.

In the song, Adams, 57, also lashed out at human rights groups: "These criminal rights organizations are trying to stop me from doing my job while hoodlums continue to destroy the only livelihood we have. I will not allow criminals to take over our island."

Carolyn Gomes, executive director of Jamaicans For Justice, said the song was "irresponsible, frightening and distasteful."

After the deadly raid, authorities disbanded Adams' squad and assigned the officers charged in connection with the deaths to administrative posts. Thomas has said they won't resume active duty without a psychological evaluation.