Friday, December 5, 2014

Another Unnecessary Death

Was Dinesh taken down like this?
“We have allowed our criminal justice system to get off balance,” presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton told reporters, “And I personally hope that these tragedies give us an opportunity to come together as a nation to find our balance again.”

The waves of protest sweeping across America are about the videotaped death of Eric Garner of Staten Island in July.  The  amateur digital record of New York cop Daniel Pantaleo applying a lethal chokehold to take down an unarmed man is fuelling calls for a march on the scale of the historic marches that led to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The New York medical examiner had ruled that Garner's death was a homicide, concluding that compression of the neck and chest, combined with his positioning on the ground while being restrained by police, caused his death. He also noted that the 25-stone man had serious health problems and that his acute and chronic bronchial asthma, obesity and hypertensive cardiovascular disease were contributing factors.

Dinesh Raman Chinnaiah had no known health problems. He was a young man who died of positional asphyxia when overpowered by Chief Warden (CW) Daljit, Sgt Yen, Sgt Jonathan, Cpl Robby, Cpl Anand and/or CW Rozairudin in the secure facility of the Changi Prison Complex. Garner was heard pleading "I can't breathe" in the video footage that went viral, Dinesh could not even utter a single word. His eyes turned bloody red and mucus flowed copiously from his nose. The ubiquitous CCTV camera, a common sight in every corner of Singapore, was mysteriously absent.

After the initial official response claiming the inmate was restrained "according to protocol" cut no ice with the public, the senior prison officer charged with causing Dinesh's death through negligence was slapped with a mere $10,000 fine. There was no protest at Hong Lim Park.

That's the difference between Singapore and America.


  1. The Justice of Fu Manchu
    - new TV reality series

  2. Excessive, over zealous and simply inhumane manner of approach.
    A regrettable standard.

  3. There are unnecessary deaths and there are necessary deaths. In the eyes of the all-pervasive and all powerful the death of democracy is a necessary one.

  4. BBC reported that Police argue that the "chokehold" used by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo is a legal manoeuvre - but Mr Pantaleo's lawyer argued he had used a move taught by the police department, not a chokehold which is banned under New York Police Department policy.

    If only they could hear themselves!

    Since there is no transparency in "witness" either in human or surveillance, and no forensic proof to produce, this is essentially a convenient cover up.

    Singapore don't need to be a smart nation. The system is designed so "god damn smart", that what it needs is Smart Citizens who will break them down.

  5. In greedy Singapore context, the CCTV is primarily used to collect more traffic fines, never used for improvement of human rights here. It is as if those LTA enforcement officers on their rounds are short in supply. Even during rainy days, they are hard at work.

    If one traffic summons is equivalent to 1 vote, will there be any further chance PAP will lose another GRC?

    1. When people are unhappy, they use their vote to vet their anger. Another one or two GRC will fall.

  6. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
    Who will watch the watchmen?

  7. Its disappointing that policemen in Singapore do not apply common sense. I had a friend whoes father was 75 years old at that time of the incident. He had demential and this was dignosed by TTSH. Police came to his house and arrested him over allegation of stealing cigarretes from downstair coffee shop. When challenged he denied due demential. When police officers decided to handcuff him to police station, family member intervened and requested that he not be handcuffed. They ignored and handcuffed him. Police officer also ignored the proof of mental problem as certified by TTSH doctors. The result is sad as friend's father never recover from the ordeal. He injured himself at the police station and was given back to my friend's family. No charges and were unable to obtain any information from him. He is currently in hospital, demential and unable to walk. That is our super cops. No initiative and do not listen to others except their superiors.