No Independent Civilian Oversight For Suspicious Death Investigation
When a person dies in police custody or shortly after being released, there should be an immediate investigation by an independent authority. Who investigates such deaths in Barbados?
Sure, perhaps a coroner or attorney will be put in charge of the process – but the initial and substantive investigation response to an allegation of wrong-doing by a police officer is performed by the Royal Barbados Police Force.
Isn’t it about time that the police stopped being a law unto themselves?
From The Nation News…
WHAT HAPPENED to Glenroy Brathwaite?
His grieving family wants to know following his death on Sunday night at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), less than 24 hours after his brother collected him from Oistins Police Station in what he said was a disoriented and bruised state.
Brathwaite, 36, of Ashby Land, near Oistins, Christ Church, overnighted in police custody following his arrest in the wee hours of Saturday in the Oistins Bay Gardens.
His siblings spoke to the DAILY NATION yesterday because his mother, Patricia Brathwaite, was overcome with grief.
Glenroy’s brother, Oscar, who was at the QEH, said: “They started stabilising him . . . . They told me he had damage to his brain, an artery burst and it was from more than being drunk. They would have to know exactly what was wrong with him ’cause he had X-rays and a CAT scan.”
The family said he slipped into unconsciousness and then died.
They described the handyman as friendly, kind and always willing to help who never got into “anything with anybody”.
His sister Diana charged he was “roughed up” by police and said when she saw him at the station, he was lying on the floor covered in his own vomit, urine and faeces, and had “marks” over his face and chest.
She said he was later released without being charged after they were told he would be.
… read the entire article at The Nation News (link here)