The bizarre shootings in the Jamaica Urban Transit, JUTC bus park in recent weeks is clear evidence of the problem as gangs clash over control of the lucrative multi-million dollar illegal activity. Vendors are afraid to report the matter fearing repercussions so some relocate to another locale or parish for a time or go into hiding, but with diminished income persons are forced to resurface to earn a living. The Clansman and ratbat gangs are responsible for the latest challenges. The vendor was others was approached by a woman with a composition book and what looks like a receipt or ticket role and collects the daily $300 up $500 fee sometimes allowed to accumulate so as to make one collection on the weekend. Two weeks ago the vendor was ruffed up by thugs who operate in stealth with the woman after an argument developed with the parties. It was then the two thugs openly threatened the vendor who for all intents and purposes is not effeminate or has any disguising feature towards same.
In fact he is the stereotypical bleached face and sometimes skin archetype with tattoos and such so when during the heated exchange according to another vendor as a witness who I spoke to, she hinted that the battyman accusation was as usual in any other male versus male argument but the men were resolute and claimed that they knew the vendor had no woman and that ‘him fuck batty’ followed up by the usual colourful parlance. Trouble with this one I have apart from the obstruction of freedom of movement in a public thoroughfare by unauthorised persons is that the gang in question, Clansman, its leader Tesha Miller has had the same gay or indeed bisexual allegations thrown at him repeatedly. Since his short incarceration in the United States and subsequent deportation to Jamaica, it has been open war within his own ranks and with the rival ratbat gang with fight for turf, even as the police has an all points bulletin of sorts out for him but it is a mystery to find him and he has not turned himself in. His attorney who ironically is anti gay attorney Bert Samuels who has been counsel for Miller for quite some time and says he is a Christian yet he has not been able to bring in Miller to the authorities for questioning.
Especially after a phone was found in his rectum alleged at a lockup some years ago the accusations of his sexuality had been swirling and this was also just around the time of the trial of another reputed gangbanger Zeeks where his trial revealed homosexual activities with the murdered victim by way of oral sex the victim was killed, this seems rather strange and curious as many including the main eyewitness vendor is questioning how would these thugs offering strong arms services know of the sexual activities of the now hiding male vendor, there is something else at work I suspect. We have had previous arrangements of this kind without the gang leader per say but it brings into to question the issues of downlow living.
Things have gotten so sublime to the ridiculous that even fast food restaurants in Spanish Town proper have once again do not use the friendly engagement term “Can I take your order?” as the ‘order’ in the term is offensive, from the point of view of those who oppose the one order gang’s reign. Most fast food joints now saw or ask “How can I help you?” or “what do you need?” this is like some serious ignorance laden regression to the dark days of wearing the wrong colour in terms of politics or the fist hitting greeting style changed to arm grabbing as fist bumping is seen as a cultural expression to West Kingston so it must be avoided.
Other vendors are circumspect these days and there is a noticeable decline of the ‘county higglers’ who would sleep in their trucks after a long journey from rural parts, do business and then return to their parishes of origins by truck, van or bus on a Sunday morning. I wonder if the dude will return soon as the other remaining vendors are glad for the spinoffs due to his absence seem to genuinely miss him as they seem to have cordial relations despite being competitors. Hope remains while company is true and we hope he comes back out soon. It has not been ascertained if a report was made to the police even as they have raised their visibility in the JUTC bus park and other parts of Spanish Town. How long will this continue is another fundamental question, criminals living big on ill gotten gains at our safety’s expense, now we are hearing of miscreants dressed as students in uniform or even legitimate park wardens either forced to become operatives or disguised as such to collect the extortion on behalf of the gangs while going undetected. The business of lotto scamming in western Jamaica is not divorced from all this as suspected and recently confirmed. Some of the extortionists have been jumping over to the illegal trade to prop up their already cash strong wealth.
The recruitment of gays even with homophobic consequences when things go sour is ongoing as the old perception of gay men especially the effeminate bright ones are said to be able to speak better by phone with intended victims hence closing the deals and ripping off persons who fall prey. Some persons have found themselves on the wrong side of some of the kingpins and their cronies and have had to relocate to other parts as well. Then the crackdown of the task force is showing up the network of already active gays quite plainly, so much so that a recent murder of a pocomania pastor has tongues wagging in St James about sexuality, obeah or necromancy and such.
Hope the vendor can ‘eat a food’ again soon.
Peace & tolerance