Jamelle King Shot In Head – Second Innocent Bystander Jamal Bowen Shot In Foot
There would have been hell to pay in New York City or London had two innocent citizens been accidentally shot by police who were chasing bandits – not to mention that after shooting the bystanders the police just drove off.
Yup… that is what happened. The Barbados police officers knew that innocent bystanders had been shot and they just drove off.
But let’s get one thing straight here: officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force are seldom held to account for anything. As a group, they know this and behave accordingly. It is part of the police leadership’s corporate culture that the Rule of Law, individual rights and freedoms and duty to the public are not exactly high on the priorities list.
We have long ago said that the best thing that could happen to our police is for Commissioner Dottin to retire. The RBPF needs LEADERSHIP that is principled, strong and independent enough to resist political pressure.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for any kind of responsible action about this shooting to originate from the RBPF Commanding officers. The public is still waiting for the explanation for the last time the police shot an innocent civilian in the head.
Is it any wonder that the majority of citizens consider the Royal Barbados Police Force to be an occupying army rather than fellow citizens who have taken on as their full time profession the duty that each one of us has to look out for the welfare and safety of others?
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