Barbados Police Seeking Help To Replace Important Evidence They Intentionally Destroyed – Superintendent “Poop-For-Brains” Broomes Was “In Way Over His Head” At Bus Accident Scene

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With Information From A Police Source…

As we informed readers on July 31st, Senior Superintendent Leonard Broomes assaulted Nation News journalist Rawle Culbard at last Sunday’s bus accident at Joe’s River by ripping the camera from Culbard’s neck and erasing all the photos that had been taken of the scene.

Now it appears that the Police Superintendent “Poop-for-Brains” Broomes might have been a wee bit hasty in destroying what would have been extremely useful evidence in reconstructing the accident scene.

You see, the Nation News journalist had taken photos that no one else took – not even the police – and in all the efforts to remove the living and the dead no one else took photos of the bus and the scene exactly as it was at that time.

Between the time that Culbard started taking photos and the police destroyed his work, victims both dead and living were removed from the bus and various interior and exterior bus components were removed from their after-crash positions as rescuers worked to save lives.

Only Culbard’s photos had those original details, and the police destroyed them. According to our police source, Senior Police Superintendent Broomes could care less about the assault on two journalists, but he is embarrassed about destroying evidence that is now proven to have been valuable. Our source also says that it was obvious that Broomes was “in way over his head” at the scene.

Yes, I know it was a horrible and chaotic scene. Many folks – even a couple of BFP insiders – think that I’m being too hard on Broomes. Maybe I am, or maybe I would be more willing to cut him some slack if not for the earlier police assaults on journalists who were covering another accident story at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Mostly though, I simply long for a professional police force that sees respect for the rule of law as their highest duty and enforces it uniformly across our entire population.

I don’t know why our police always seem to end up looking like violent buffoons, but with increasing regularity that is the very image that is projected by the amateurs of the Royal Barbados Police Force.

Police Seeking Public’s Help

THE Royal Barbados Police Force is conducting a major investigation into the circumstances surrounding the mass casualty accident which occurred on Sunday, at Joe’s River, St Joseph.

The force is appealing to the public who:

* Observed BT 4 prior to ,the accident.
* Witnessed the accident;
* Were present immediately after the accident; to contact the police at 430-7275 or 430-7284.

… from The Nation News (link here)

See also…

Tragedy At Joes River – Six Dead In Barbados Tour Bus Crash

Barbados Reporters Again Assaulted By Police Thugs – But Is The Nation News Reaping What Is Sowed?

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68 responses to “Barbados Police Seeking Help To Replace Important Evidence They Intentionally Destroyed – Superintendent “Poop-For-Brains” Broomes Was “In Way Over His Head” At Bus Accident Scene

  1. Rumplestilskin

    As some others, I suspect that specific programs acan undelete those files, if that has not yet been done.

  2. Another Anonymous

    If the photos have been undeleted the reporter should make the police crawl and beg to get them. They can start with a public apology.

  3. Wishing in Vain

    They are what they are arrogant clowns in uniforms carrying out a mandate of suppression of freedom of the press and peoples freedoms, where did they get the mandate from ask Mia Mottley she knows where it hails from, she is prepared to even censor blogs and the call in programs, so why stop with them ?
    Instil fear and terror and humble the masses that will work.

  4. BreadfruitBoy

    I think we have a bigger issue here that should also be looked at – a police force that is under funded, under educated, under resourced, under paid and over used.

    Growing up and going to what is considered to be a ‘good school’ here I never heard any of my peers ever aspire to become a policeman.

    Not that I condone this behavior in any way, I may add. But it is just one more thing that needs to be fixed.

    *sigh*

  5. akabozik

    “Poop for Brains” Broomes ?

    I would not be so polite.

  6. Anonymous

    give the police a break. Sunday morning, bodies and body parts lying around like from a war. the police were as sickened as any ordinary person and the superintendent showed some temper. they have a tough job already.

  7. more

    Surely police photographers were dispatched the scene immediately????

  8. BFP Cliverton Not Logged In

    Our source says that Culbard was there way ahead of the official police photographers, and as you might imagine the accident scene and especially the area in and around the bus was changing by the second as folks tried to help out.

    Wreckage was moved, people were moved and evidence on the roadway was kicked accidentally or moved to allow emergency vehicles closer to the bus.

    The journalist had photographed all of that long before any police officer arrived with a camera.

    That is what P.F.B. Broomes deleted: the most comprehensive photographic record of the accident scene before it was disturbed by rescue efforts.

    Broomes looks upon the media as an enemy and something to be ruled over by the police. That came across loud and clear along with Broomes’ contempt for rule of law, freedom of the press, individual rights and freedoms etc etc etc…

  9. John

    If that was the case heads need to roll.

    Destroying evidence ….. unbelievable.

    I assumed the Police were most likely there first.

    I seem to be wrong.

  10. Peltdown Man

    The Nation photos showed persons jumping out of the bus after the impact. This means that Culbard must have been very close indeed to the time of the accident, possibly on a following vehicle? His photos would have been of enormous importance. As for the harrowing scenes, a police officer is, or should be, trained to handle these situations. After all, how many horrific accident scenes and injuries do police see every week? To me, this was misuse of power, pure and simple.

  11. BK

    It would have made sense to confiscate the camera. I am no lawyer but for a police man to tamper or change evidence seems out of place. I am sure that we will hear more of it. Maybe this is the police retaliating for all the abuse which they suffered at CWC Oval when they were searched by volunteers 🙂

  12. BFP Cliverton Not Logged In

    Confiscate the reporter’s camera according to what law, BK?

  13. Littleboy

    I heard a conversation on “Brass Tacks” yesterday between David Ellis and DLP candidate Austin Husbands.
    It seems,from what I heard, that there was some conflict with the press and the police at the scene of Wednesday’s fatal accident in St Peter. One would think that after Sunday’s episode the police and the press would have some understanding as to their roles.They NEED each other.
    Too much fussing and fighting…Lord save Barbados!!!

  14. Wishing in Vain

    Our nation is on a dangerous path to destruction.
    Driven by bad political decisions, ask Mottley what her role in this new manner displayed by the force is !!!!

  15. Wishing in Vain

    And here again not a word from Mr Idle Dale Marshall, they operat on the basis that if they do not act or say anything all will be well and the confusion will vanish, not so this time this is a time bomb waiting to explode trust me.

  16. BK

    I am not agreeing to confiscation just saying if they had to act do it in a way that would not destroy evidence. A lesser wrong if you see what I mean.

  17. wverdana

    Another attack to a media?? We must be in Sudan or China in truth!!!

  18. Hants

    The Police should not rely on press photographers for evidence. They have their own Police photographers.

    The Attorney General and the Commissioner of police should resolve this apparent “on going battle” between the Police and the press.

    Better still, it is time for SuperOwing to step in “as usual” and resolve this “situation”. As Prime Minister and Supreme Leader he can move heaven and earth.

    In First World Barbados Police and the press should be playing nice.

  19. herefordian

    Why didn’t he simply confiscate the camera – all this shows is that the man is lacking in intelligence. In Britain nowadays the police actually ask members of the public to take stills/videos with their cell phones. The man needs to be re-programmed for the 21st century.

  20. DFX

    Hants,

    “In First World Barbados Police and the press should be playing nice.”
    Have you not figured out by the way that the police behave that this may appear to be a First World Country but we still have Banana Republic Police Farce.

  21. DFX

    Let’s look at this from a different angle.
    I have been, some of my friends have told me, overly hard on poor Mr. Poop For Brains oops, Mr. Broomes. Let me then assume that he is a very intelligent man.
    ” what P.F.B. Broomes deleted: the most comprehensive photographic record of the accident scene before it was disturbed by rescue efforts.” Why did you Mr. Broomes destroy this evidence? Are you trying to hide something? Why? Are trying to protect somebody?
    It was suggested earlier up in this thread that if the photos were able to be recovered the police should be made to crawl and beg for them. I dis-agree, make them pay for them and put the monies into a trust fund in honour of those who lost their lives on Sunday. This way some small good could come out of ONE man’s stupidity.

  22. This Island

    Someone said cut the police some slack…
    I completely disagree. I know they have a terribly difficult job. It is also a terribly serious job. I am sorry they dont get paid enough. However, those issues should not provide the police and excuse.The police swear to uphold their duties and if you check the news archives over the past year and a half you will notice how many incidents with the police being accused of not performing their duty just disappear. It is time the police are held accountable- they are just another faction of this country’s leadership doing as they please with no respect for the law.
    The Barbadian police need to be respected by Barbadians and visitors alike. At this time this is almost impossible. It seems police either don’t know the laws of the land, choose to disobey the laws (and why not very few are held accountable) or are not trained to a the level of competency required. I am a Barbadian tired of hearing of stories of our police shooting innocent men, loosing evidence, supressing evidence for their benefit, not following proccedure, bruatalizing suspects and controlling the media. How can we feel safe in a country like this? How long are we going to allow this to happen to us? We are too complacent and we wont do anything about it until we or someone very close to us is touched by the abuse of police authority. It makes it bad for the policemen who have respect for their job and carry out their duties with dignity. What are the politicians saying now? What about all the politicians who advertise themselves as defenders of the poeple- don’t you see this behaviour is oppressing our nation.

    WHEN WILL WE BE ABLE TO RESPECT THE RBPF AGAIN?

  23. Mr. Magoo

    My God!! Reading the comments on this blog would make anyone not used to reading BFP think the world was coming to an end.

  24. Bajanboy

    What photographers need to do is take their photos, then as the police arrive, switch out the memory card with a new one, take a few token photos, and let the police delete those photos.

    Police have a ridiculous amout of authority – when they say “jump”, we say “how high” and I am sure quite often that their order violate the law. Police need to start earning respect rather than relying on intimidation.

  25. Wishing in Vain

    Mr. Magoo maybe it is for the corrupt lot of politicians in gov’t hence the need to exhibit surpreme control over the masses remind them who is in power and control.

  26. This Island

    Mr. Magoo please open a paper and don’t just read the words, see the context of it all. Barbadians go along with things broken because we not proactive enough. Most times we are too accepting and will take almost anything. I know I am the same way. But when I look at the children, I say no we not prepare the way for them at all at all. We have to let the police and politicians know we expect and deserve more.

  27. Hants

    This entire issue could be settled if the Attorney General would get involved and state publicly what Press photographers are allowed to photograph on public property.

    It is also the responsibility of the Police to secure an “accident scene” because it could be “crime scene” i.e. drunk driver, murder using the vehicle as a weapon etc.

    The Police and the Press need to “talk”.

    I wonder how long it will be before news by phone cameras become the norm. Watched CNN lately?

  28. Wishing in Vain

    Well done to the BU, BFP and the DLP for having the wisdom and forward thinking to set up a section on their blogs for us to express sympathy to those who loss loved ones in those tragic accidents over the weekend.
    It is very timely as the blp is taking a pounding on the call in shows today for their lack of compassion both in their article in the newspaper today or on their website.
    Keep the good work up you are doing a wonderful job of allowing people to express their concerns.

  29. Marcus2

    Keep your shirt on BFP> All is not lost. There are several software programs on the market which can easily recover those photos. as an example”recover my Files” which I think is an Australian software program. Some time ago I deleted photos from my computer by accident and I used this program and recovered evey one! It works with computers, digitals cameras and so on.

  30. BK

    But Marcus2 this issue is not the recovery but the action by the Senior Officer. Was he an idiot for doing what he did?

  31. herefordian

    Here’s an idea. Why doesn’t the BFP set up a political party? I’m sure amongst your many intelligent and articulate contributors you could both form a manifesto and field candidates. Stranger things have happened in the world and let’s not forget Barbados is actually a democracy. (You also have the ‘ear’ of the world) – go for it

  32. Wishing in Vain

    No sense trying to dilute the votes for the new gov’t we need to give all the support to them to form the next gov’t as we cannot take anymore suffering and corruption.

  33. yatinkinkiteasy

    Its important that more photos are not taken on the card that was erased by the police , if photos are to be recovered,(and they can be with a number of software programs)..
    The police had no legal right to do that, and should be sued.What are we now a Communist state?

  34. herefordian

    Wishing in Vain, the point/problem is that Barbados doesn’t actually have a credible opposition. Noel Lynch won his seat in 2003 with a measly 1900 votes. If you want change you’ve got to work for it. Thank God you live in a democracy (you’re already half way there)

  35. unrighteous

    Given the lack of resources, the lack of training, and in most cases the lack of intelligence within our Police Force, is it any wonder that they fouled up again (for the 100th time??)

    Some of you actually seem surprised. I for one, am not. Stop watching so much CSI for crying out loud. Our policemen are not movie stars, just wanna-be power heroes!

  36. DFX

    “Stop watching so much CSI for crying out loud.”
    Unrighteous is correct! Do what the top brass do! Watch “Cold Cases”
    Sorry thought we could all use a laugh.

    DFX

  37. Warrior

    #
    DFX
    August 3rd, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    ” what P.F.B. Broomes deleted: the most comprehensive photographic record of the accident scene before it was disturbed by rescue efforts.” Why did you Mr. Broomes destroy this evidence? Are you trying to hide something? Why? Are trying to protect somebody?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Immediately on hearing of this action these were the first questions that came into my mind. In Barbados it is who you know and who you are known by. Initial photos could put in nail in someone’s coffin (no pun intended) when it comes to litigation and lawsuits.

    Who will have to do the big payouts? Who will lose credibility and lose a business that they took years to build. Who stands to lose and who stands to win is some of the pertinent questions to be raised when querying why those photos were destroyed.

    By the way does Mr P.F.B. Broomes still have a job? This should not be so.

  38. Warrior

    It is a sad day in Barbados when the organization entrusted with the responsibility to serve and protect this nation is in a serious state of mis-trust and shrouded in unanswered wrong-doing.

    To whom must we turn to now to champion the Barbadian’s interest? Who has given the order to treat the media in the way that it is being treated?. Why was this order given? When will a new order come to cease and desist?

    Albeit that the media has become a tit-mouse, perhaps some would say they deserve to be treated that way.

    Who knows!

  39. cheesecutter

    Notice something here,the policeman name here is BROOMES.is this the same p.c.broomes from MADD.Maybe he got a promotion.ha ha ..lol….
    peltdown….. i think the photos in the nation were taken by sandy pitt, and also the pic shows people being helped out of the bus.from my sources the impact of the crash sent everyone to the front in a huge pile.the photo was taken when people had to be helped out bcos they cud’nt move[due to major injuries].heard this impact was so hard that almost all the bus seats were ripped out.
    according to sources this was one of most scenes he/she had come across in along time due to the large number of boken limbs,deep gashes,etc.
    With regards to the brakes failing, my info is that that type of bus uses air-brakes,so a small puncture in the piston could lead to the whole brakes system being destroyed.
    we know that the normal brakes [w/brake fluid] on our cars can still hold to a certain extent even when the brakes r low or the fluid is low, but this doesnt work with airbrakes.

  40. John

    We don’t trust our politicians.

    Our Lawyers are viewed as parasites and totally dishonest.

    We invoke the Lodge when the judiciary are discussed.

    The Police are just one more example of a systems or institution on which we depend coming under scrutiny and failing the test.

    The only system in which we still appear to have faith is the medical system ….. and QEH shows that even that is under stress. Recent happenings in a surgery put this system under more stress.

    Even the Church is largely ignored by many.

    The lack of trust in all the systems have one thing in common. Errors of judgment are not being dealt with as such in an open and transparent way.

    People make mistakes but those mistakes need to be transparently investigated and corrected. We need to learn and move forward and not continue to repeat mistakes.

    The word gets out and we no longer have the respect for the various institutions which we once had. We no longer expect high performance but take what we get.

    Errors of judgment need to be in the open where the bright light of truth and consistency gets to strengthen the institution which has made those errors.

    Hiding up mistakes is making each of our institutions weaker by the day and puts our society into more and more danger.

    Instead of having systems which react predictably we have systems which bend and flex according to who applies the force.

    The bending and flexing is unpredictable and inconsistent and people learn how to use the system for selfish ends.

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  42. cherry2enpowered

    Hanks @12.29pm- you really made me laught at that one. ha,ha,ha.

  43. carib

    I am wondering, What was the Police Incident Commander Thinking. I suspect that He may have been trying to preserve the dignity of the deceased as well as other things. In any tragic curcumstance like this, scene integrety is going to be compromised, i do not know if any of the patients had to be extricated from the wreck, if so that operation alone will severly compromise the ingegrety of the scene, in addition you have Fire Rescue and EAS Personell removing injured persons and that too will make secen reconsrtuction a hard task. In this instance IF the pressman photos were taken before the rescue efforts commenced there is no doubt that the photos would have been helpfull.

    Reconstruction is not impossible just much harder. The focus in addition to the reconstruction needs to be on eyewitness and patient accounts of what happened in the moments just before the incident and close attention needs to be paid to the roadworthness of the crashed vehicle in an efferot to determine Driver or Machanical error.

  44. samizdat

    I take a different view from most of you. I find many of the comments above very parochial.

    The police force in Barbados is no worse than that of many other countries. On the contrary, compared to some in our region(consider Jamaica, for example) I’d say it’s a great deal better: more honest, less corrupt, better organized. And forces outside the Caribbean are hardly immune from scandal or criticism either (consider the recent damning report of the UK police response to the London terror attack of 1995 when an innocent Brazilian guy was gunned down).

    I’m not an apologist for our police, nor for a moment suggesting that our law enforcement system is perfect: clearly there are many problems, particularly in the higher echelons, and there are of course officers who are incompetent.

    But given limited resources and (crucially) lack of strong ministerial guidance – Dottin is a weak cypher, and Dale Marshall has been a disgracefully inept Attorney General – I think our cops still manage to do a pretty good job in difficult circumstances.

  45. Paradox

    I read the comments above, some I can agree and others,not entirely.
    Our Police force is the same as any other institution, made up from the society in which we live.
    In society we have good, bad and the indifferent. When one is being recruited for the force as in any other institution, the institution will reflect in some way, the society in which it came. I am saying we can expect the good,bad and the indifferent. Those who fail the test however,should be weeded out.

    It is unbelievable that a society like ours; bent on Godly ways, many can be so inhumane to each other. Why go to church at all? God opens his eyes on the day of church and goes to sleep after church!

    We have little compassion or love for each other.We have difficulty showing warmth toward each other. A hud, a kiss, a smile, thank you, please, sorry are words which many of us failed to understand the meaning. So many of us just do not know how to address each other. It is sad.
    Good training is essential to all professions.
    We all need to sit,reflect and understand that we are all human being, no matter where we come from. Have compassion, say it feel it,do it! We are here together; give the same respect to others you would like for yourself. You will be admired.

    Uniforms can often have a psychological
    effect on the mind. It gives that feeling of POWER/AUTHORITY and some people feel the urge to ill treat or disrespect others when wearing them.Not just the police, all kind.
    Respect is earned. be dignified in what we do. This will be observed by others and we will be rewarded. To be nice to others doesn’t show weakness.
    Please do not heap all the blame on the gentleman. Ofcourse he is a senior figure and should have known better. His undergraduates are looking on. Did he learned it?
    The environment, in particular and the type of people we associate,(peers)our upbringing (good or bad parenting) all have some effect on our lives.
    It is important to understand people, but first one needs to look at her/himself.Have love in your heart;a caring attitude; understand that we are all human-beings.
    There is no need to be heavy-handed in our dealings with people.
    Do not abuse your position because of who you are. Would you like it to happen to any person you love?
    Summary: For all profession, one needs to be highly trained especially when human being is involved. Often when propper behavour is lacking, is due to the person and the training he/she received.
    With good training, one is able to remain calm and dignified under any condition. One should be promoted because he/she is able to do the job under any circumstances and not time-served.
    THREE key words: UNDERSTANDING, COMPASSION,UNCONDITIONAL REGARD.

  46. Nonsense

    Barbados is going to end up like Mexico, hungry, corrupt and prostituting, the police will only suppress the poor and desolate.Too much Club membership on this Island.With the new W.T.O demanding more professionalism, Club membership got us upside down.

  47. Pogo

    The police generally do a good job. They went too far this time. They should acknowledge their mistake and apologize. That is the way to gain respect.

    Let’s remember the world is watching and this is not something our country is proud or. If nothing is done about it then we condone excesses by police.

  48. DFX

    Warrior,

    It seems that PFB Broomes not only has a job, but the same Nation Newspaper is even doing telephone interviews with him. I can’t figure then Nation out; if it was newspaper and you are abusing my photographers I would be giving you a total blackout until you apologize. Maybe those people down Fontabelle into S&M or something; so sad. But I’m guessing that was the first sweep of the Broome to sweep this whole incident under the carpet.

    SO SO SAD

    DFX

  49. DFX

    OOPS GOOFED Big time today
    above should read.
    “I can’t figure the Nation out, if I was the newspaper…”

    Sorry!

  50. Anonymous

    The police risk their lives for our protection every day. These are fine devoted individuals. Leave them alone.

  51. Hants

    If I were an accident victim my last concern would be photographic evidence.

    Get me to hospital. Save my life first.

    The photographers can fight their battles in court but not over my dying body.

  52. DFX

    #
    Anonymous
    August 4th, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    The police risk their lives for our protection every day. These are fine devoted individuals. Leave them alone.

    Awe Cuh dere. Just like they did up in Millenium Heights?

  53. Yardbroom

    My take on this situation – the police superintendent and the photographer – slightly differs to those I have read on this thread.

    That Mr. Rawle Culbard was treated so disgracefully by the police Superintendent, clearly shows an abuse of power, and a lack of clear logical thinking by the Superintendent.

    However more sinister were the Superintendant’s words to Mr. Culbard:

    …you all always asking for names as if something will come out of it”

    Here was a high ranking officer, in essence saying “you all” the public can take our names, but there will be no investigation, there might be a procedure but no action will be taken. He was so sure of his ground that he used the word “always” this is a regular occurrence and I can tell you nothing will come of it.

    This is indeed sinister, and even if it was believed prior to this incident, it was an allegation. Allegation has now been removed, and replaced with fact.

    Superintendent Leonard Broome has done the RBP a great disservice by his comments, others might say, he has inadvertently exposed the truth.
    This is of course a separate issue, as to if the photographer should or should not have taken the photographs.

  54. Getting BYE

    Anonymous,

    What you don’t seem to have realized is that the behaviour by some police IS giving the force a bad name and the fine devoted individuals that are a part of the force getting lumped together with the others. This is a bad bad thing. I know police officers that I respect and I have even heard them say it is becoming harder and harder to do their job in Barbados because of the personnal interests of some people they have to protect…you know what that is called?

    This incident I doubt was based on corruption but we are breeding a mentality that police are the law. In fact they are the means to uphold the law and should not have the power to create laws as they go along. We have a process in place to create laws use it…otherwise Barbados will be in a state of lawlessness. 😦

    Samizdat,
    I agree our police may not be the worst in the world…but my parents always told me that just because some other child allowed to do it doesn’t mean that behaviour is acceptable for you. Same thing with the police…it is unacceptable.
    And the report on the UK police you mentioned. Hurray!!! Hurray!!! A report condeming a mistake? You think we could get one for the man that was shot DEAD by police in Barbados near the KFC in worthing? (fogive me I forgot his name but it was reported that he was mentally challenged).

  55. NuffSense

    I feel we have to be more than harsh with the senior police officer who destroyed crime scene evidence. Obviously he is taking his cue from the bodyguards of the rich and famous who regularly rip offending cameras from the hands of paparazzi who they believe to be violating the privacy of their clients.

    Unfortunately, whether or not Mr Culbard was there before the police arrived or not, he would have taken photos from angles different from those of the police photographers. His photos might have provided valuable evidence for defendants and plaintiffs in the cases that WILL arise from this tragedy.

    I am waiting to see what the newspaper fraternity will do. All the soft soaped comments bubbling from the mouths of the media bosses need to be replaced with some action. Too often these people leave their staff out on a limb for trying to do their job professionally.

  56. John

    Getting BYE

    I think his name was Doolah.

    His brother says in the paper at the time he left home with two water pistols and a knife if my memory serves me right. The Police say he drew a weapon on them.

    … and you are right. It is time we know what exactly happened.

    It should not take forever to report on a mistake. Doing so sweeps it under the carpet and sends the wrong message.

    We need to know that when a mistake happens, it is promptly investigated and the appropriate lessons are learnt. Mistakes happen, they are facts of life.

    It applies not only to the Police but to every person in every institution which makes Barbados civilised, … doctors, lawyers, judges, journalists, teachers, accountants, engineers etc. etc. …. and of course politicians and prime ministers

    We need to know that everyone is held accountable otherwise we begin to ask ourselves, why should we be … and here is where the real trouble comes.

  57. Roger Rabbitt

    The police department has a way of losing information and it seems that no one can call them to account for anything.
    As for Smiley Marshall, his main interest is having the title “QC” added to his name and relaxing on his yacht. I wonder if any money from Veco made its way towards the purchase of this vessel?
    We all need to understand that PFB Broomes was/is only following the example of the political leaders.

  58. samizdat

    Getting BYE, I agree with you. But of course this lack of accountability isn’t just a police problem: it’s endemic in our society. And the rot starts at the top and trickles down.

  59. Wishing in Vain

    Where is Dale Smiley Marshall in all of this furore ?
    Here again not a word to be heard from him, has he loss his voice or does he have to wait to hear from Owing to hear what he can say, if this is the case we have a useless minister with no voice or say.
    Well done Owing keep them like lapdogs.
    Same as he has done to Atherley he cannot say boo unless Owing oks him saying anything.
    Lets cast our minds back to the issue with the Chinese not one ounce of action was taken in Owings abscence, but on his return the idiot Atherley is expounding his nonsense,
    What the general public needs to know is what Owing offered to the Chinese in exchange for their funding rumor has it that he offered an easy passage to their workers and with it he approved Pemberton’s request for hiring 600 Chinese workers for a one off settlement to their bank account ie Nicholls / Arthur’s account.
    What Owing failed to come to grips with is that in allowing this nonsense to happen it put a tremendous strain on the rest of the local work force and by extenstion gave Pemberton an unfair advantage in his constuction project just consider for a moment Pemberton employing this group of workers and not have to pay half the normal expenses to them like NIS, Health or any other of the charges, all other contractors would have to pay locally hired workers,
    Can the PM be right in his mind to permit this level of inept management ? is he loosing it ? Has he gone soft in the head ?
    Based on the above and other actions of late I am convinced he has strayed away from good common sense and caring about anything or anyone.
    Or maybe he has missed his appointments recently and needs some shock treatment quickly.

  60. Rumplestilskin

    I spoke to a lawyer yesterday who stated categorically that given the incident as reported, the action of the officer was completely out of his authority and illegal.

    Thus, some statement from the RBPF needs to be forthcoming, as to the reasons that the Senior Officer either did not know his authority limits or why he lost his head.

    Even if distraught at the scene he is a professional and should have spoken to the photographer for compassion rather than take matters, ‘into his own hands’.

  61. DFX

    Rumplestilskin
    August 6th, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Thus, some statement from the RBPF needs to be forthcoming, as to the reasons that the Senior Officer either did not know his authority limits or why he lost his head.

    Please don’t hold your breath.

    I was talking with an attorney yesterday and he said he figures this matter will have to go before the courts before anything is done about the police abusing the power we as citizens have granted them.

  62. Unapologetic

    Media workers in Barbados have been divided and already conquered. They have no unified representative body with any power. Their bosses are part of the status quo, included in the system of what goes around comes around. Many bosses probably never were reporters or photographers, and could hardly appreciate their plight.
    What Media houses need to do is to recognise the seriousness of this assault on Mr. Culbard and immediately institute a collective Media blackout of the RBPF, until the RBPF shows it is willing to respect them.

  63. Anonymous

    hate to say it but if you take the RBPF to court they will change the facts..yah heard right change the facts and make evidence disappear, create witnesses…and the magistrates turn there head so they cannot see. too many toes to watch… BIm in a mess wid these things…I dont see how we can untangle ourselves.

  64. Wishing in Vain

    It appears to me that the police want all the cooperation in the world from the press but they in turn are unprepared to provide any cooperation themselves.
    Life needs to work both ways my friends in RBPF .

  65. it is a wonderful thing that you are doing,but all the talk about what is going on in this country it was once a place where slaves were brought. we have never been treated with repect but if those who are our leaders do not stand up for truth and justice all things remains the same.The church has a role to play are they doing that?are big money paying out for their freedom?we need to stand up for our rights and stop all the talk,do what is right and stop looking for jesus christ to come and do it we are here on earth make wrong things right. stand up and be counted

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