May 12, 2016
It would be funny if it wasn’t so serious!
President Privert, his Minister of Justice and Police Chief were all aware of this problem, and did nothing to rectify it.
This leaves only two motivations: Incompetence or Criminality.
Both Aristide and Preval used the PNH as a storage place for “Hit Teams.”
After Aristide’s return, in 1994, the International Community spent a fortune to upgrade and train members of the PNH. Their efforts were frustrated – totally – when Aristide fired all officers who had been trained in the United States or Canada.
In fact, anyone hoping to become a PNH officer had to be accepted by Aristide. The PNH became his personal force, dedicated to his undemocratic concepts. If a PNH officer showed any resistance to his demands, they were eliminated. Either fired, or murdered. Remember the case of a young, American-trained female PNH officer, Marie Christine Jeune, who refused to shake hands with the head of Armee Rouge in Cite Soleir. She was raped, beaten and beheaded. Perhaps, not in that order, but the message was a forceful one.
Aristide and Preval each emptied the jails of their supporters on a few occasions.
Remember the earthquake and the “Tsunami that threated Port-au-Prince…?” Of course, there could be no Tsunami threatening any part of Haiti. Might threaten Turk-and-Caicos, but not Haiti. This rumor saw tens of thousands fleeing up the road through Petionville, to escape the water.
Then Preval’s team opened the National penitentiary doors, releasing everyone – including those guilty of such crimes that no other release could be considered.
In one stroke, Preval injected the worst of the worst, back into society at a time he needed them, as acknowledged King of the Gangs.
A few, like Amarol Duclona, received different handling. These guys carried a “Get out of Jail Free Card,” that saw them call Preval if they were picked up by the PNH. Normally, Amarol Duclona went to sanctuary, in the palace or Preval’s sister’s house.” It was from this house that Jude Celestin smuggled Duclona to the Dominican Republic, on a false passport, obtained by Celestin.
And now we have BRIZET – BRIGADE ZERO TOLERANCE!!!
Now we will have heavily armed, masked, anonymous murderers, rapists and kidnappers.
The anonymity makes them frightening!
The anonymity reduces any fear of retribution!
Come on guys! What does a simple society like Haiti need something like BRIZNET for?????
Aristide introduced this phrase into our vocabulary, leading to murders, by police and citizens, of anyone “suspected of a crime!”
So, we should not be surprised at a PNH graduating class that includes a substantial percentage of Kidnappers, Murderers, or Rapists. These, along with interrogation techniques, and weapons competence, are useful elements of the Aristide/Preval/Privert PNH force.
Only the number remains in question.
Human Rights observers say 23.
The Police Chief says 6.
In a real force ONE would be too many.