In society today there is an alarming rate of people standing around as crimes are being committed on other people or themselves, and not helping or calling the police. Whether it is a crime of disrespect or assault, criminal mischief, murder or theft, many would rather go home and tell the world about what just happened, rather than the police.
Reluctance to talk to police and even reporters when people are hurt, kidnapped or sacrificed has always been a problem, especially in poor communities, with the LNP saying “It is a big challenge because many are losing their lives recklessly and property stolen or damaged because of this silence,”
To Snitch or not to Snitch
During the murder of two unidentified men in Caldwell’s Thumbs Up community last year, there were multiple bruises and cuts on their bodies, suggesting they were mobbed. But when neighbors who lived in the houses where the bodies were found lying were asked what transpired, no one was willing to give a single clue or hint. No one took the stage to ‘talk it,’ or ‘snitch.’
Later, the mother of one of the victims came crying her soul out over the death of her son, a very emotional moment that would have made any parent cry. But sympathy seems not to be in the hearts of those who run across alleged rouges or thieves. The mother never sought justice for her murdered child and today walks with a very large chip on her shoulders (doesn’t care about society and what happens to it).
The LNP in many situations have stated that ‘witnesses are not coming forward; murders are going unsolved, because they don’t want to tell on their friends.”
Meanwhile, a man was recently caught beating the brakes off a teenage girl who appeared to be hearing impaired as well as mentally challenged. After he was done beating her, he began stripping her clothes off in an attempt to place his finger in her genitals. A crowd stood around laughing, teasing the man – who also appeared psychotic – that he should leave the teen. There were no efforts made to call the police, nor did anyone try to physically stop the man from his actions.
“Chea! He is very violent and beats up anyone when he is angry. I can’t go there,” said some members of the crowd.
Snitching, to keep from telling or giving information to the police or authorities, is not fitting for a society that wants development. Such behavior, if tolerated, can cause a bigger challenge and even bring chaos, war and terrorism to Liberia.
“If you see a strange activity that you know is not safe for you and your family, or could lead to the death of someone, call the police and report it. Don’t wait until it happens to you, because the person who you failed to help could be the same witness in a case that affects you. They too will not come forward, and that’s how this thing will keep going until an entire community is affected by mayhem,” stated a police officer, who did not want to be named, at the Zone One Depot Seven headquarters in New Kru Town during the assault of the teen.