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One Don-Clansman trial could be turning point in crime fighting, says academic

Retired professor of Political Sociology and Director of the Institute of Criminal Justice and Security at University of the West Indies, Mona, Anthony Harriot, says the outcome of the One Don-Clansman gang trial could be a turning point in the fight against crime in Jamaica.

He says a successful prosecution would confirm that the police have the right approach to tackling gang violence.

"The police have long learned that it's pointless chasing every particular murder. If a group is generating 50 murders per year, you don't pursue 50 murder cases, you pursue the group - which is what they are doing with the Clansman case," he explained. 

The retired professor urged Jamaicans to watch the case "very, very closely", noting that if it succeeds, it could lead to further discussions on the strategy for dealing with gang violence in the country.

Mr. Harriot was speaking Thursday on Powertalk on Power 106.

The One Don-Clansman Gang trial, which has been ongoing for more than a year, will resume on November 1.