“For as in absolute governments the king is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other.” Thomas Payne, 1776
The Rule of Law, in its most basic form, is the principle that no one is above the law.
Two Nation News articles appearing online today might mean that the lapdog editors at that rag are finally waking up to the truth about how the Royal Barbados Police Force operates without accountability, effective civilian oversight or the least concern about the foundation of our society that is called Rule Of Law. (Rule of Law definition here)
We Don’t Do Inquests Into Police Shootings In Barbados
In Barbados, police officers can shoot an unarmed man in the back of the head because he wouldn’t stop for police while on his bicycle at night – and there will be no inquest or civilian oversight of any police investigation. (BFP story link here)
The island news media will never mention the occurrence again. It is like it never even happened.
The innocent young man who now lives with bullet fragments in his brain will not complain about the police either.
The thugs from the Royal Barbados Police Force put a bullet into Stefan Griffith’s skull for nothing… what do you think will happen if he complains now?
That is not exactly the picture of Barbados justice that we love to portray abroad. When it suits us, we prefer the fairytale that this is “Little Britain” where democracy, individuals’ rights and rule of law are not merely showpiece window dressing, but the very foundation of society. Continue reading