Political analyst Winston Henry contends that the government’s rejection of a proposed limited state of emergency in the country is justified.
Henry argues that a state of emergency should only be considered when law enforcement is incapable of managing a crisis through regular means.
He points out that the Police Commissioner in Antigua and Barbuda has received praise for the police force’s crime management capabilities, making the notion of a limited state of emergency unnecessary and potentially difficult for the public to accept.
Commissioner Atlee Rodney had proposed amending the laws to allow for limited states of emergency in specific situations, which the Cabinet rejected, citing the country’s small size and relative peace compared to neighboring nations.
While crime rates have remained lower than in other Caribbean countries, recent spikes in violence have raised concerns.
Henry suggests alternative measures like widespread surveillance cameras and increased stop-and-search operations to address the rising criminal activity instead of resorting to a state of emergency.
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