Did The Killer’s “Upper Crust” Status Intimidate The Royal Barbados Police Force?
“The crime chief handpicked then detective Simon Baptiste who reported during the daily briefings that one morning, just when he would have approached the suspect, he [the suspect] had a child with him. Williams gave the order to pick up the suspect the next time, regardless.
But there was no next time. with the breaking news that police were closing in, a cold-hearted killer who used sugarcane fields as a graveyard, fled…
… A 40-year police veteran, almost all spent as a detective, Williams did not reveal the killer’s identity, but there was widespread speculation that he was from the “upper crust”, hence his ability to remain elusive. Police operated on the lead that the women were duped into attending fake job interviews and there might have been an element of pornography before the victims met their ghastly end at the hands of influential people in society.”
… from The Nation News One That Got Away
In case you are unaware, “upper crust” in Barbados is a euphemism for “white with lots of money and connections” – although the usage is changing as time rolls on. In the last 40 years (and especially in the last 12 years!) many Barbados blacks have achieved wealth, power, international status and “upper crust” titles.
Indeed, it can fairly be said that races other than blacks are excluded from public politics in modern Barbados.
But old societal attitudes and standards die hard.
How much of a factor does race and/or status play in being arrested or not arrested by the Barbados police?
As we saw only two months ago at Millennium Heights, even today our police officers are intimidated by wealth and status. In that case a series of police officers including supervisors where so intimidated by security guards at a white enclave (oops… should read “gated community”) that they allowed a woman to be abused by a man for four days while they dithered about whether they could dare answer her call for police assistance.
Wouldn’t want to upset the upper crust by arresting one of them! (See Beat Your Wife In Barbados? You Are Protected From The Police If You Live In A Gated Community!)
So is it any wonder that 25 years ago officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force lost a serial murder suspect because they hesitated over race and status?
As we said previously in addressing the Millennium Heights domestic violence call…
This Situation Did Not Happen In A Vacuum – We Have No Rule Of Law In Barbados
Senior Management of the Royal Barbados Police Force has an attitude problem – they are weak and believe that they serve political masters first, and the rule of law second. This has filtered down through the ranks to the point where patrol officers are unsure that they serve the rule of law first and foremost.
Patrol officers obviously tried to process the Millennium Heights domestic violence call politically – worrying about repercussions from the upper levels or political masters if they acted with the rule of law and victim safety as their first priority.
This is an unforgivable situation and is indicative of the culture of fear, confusion and indecision that permeates our police force. Senior police management and the political hierarchy have our good police officers cowering like powerless eunuchs.