Daily Archives: August 11, 2008

Mia Mottley Abandons Crippled Child – David Thompson Does The Same

Back in July, Julia Skeete told the Nation News that her crippled daughter Brianna, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was doing so well since she started attending The Codrington School, St John.

Ms. Skeete also stated that she was desperate for some government assistance because she needed help looking after her daughter. The Welfare Office used to provide a lousy $58 every two weeks to help with paying an assistant who is needed so that Brianna can continue in school, but for some unknown reason the payments stopped last October.

At the time, Mia Mottley said she would look into things – but Ms. Skeete never heard from Mottley after that promise.

Now we understand that the current David Thompson government just can’t seem to get it together for little Brianna either.

So both Mia Mottley and David Thompson can’t be bothered with helping the most vulnerable little ones.

Why do we have a society if not to assist those who truly need the help of others? The little girl has cerebral palsy for God’s sake. Why can’t we pay for an assistant so she can continue in school?

Oh well… we had a hell of a Cricket World Cup though, didn’t we?

For background see The Nation News: Mum’s Cry For Help

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Barbados Police Shoot Innocent Woman In Head – No Settlement, No Inquiry In 9 Years

Innocent Victim Of Barbados Police Shooting Points To Bullet Entry Scar

Another Innocent Victim Of A Barbados Police Shooting Points To Bullet Entry Scar

Another Innocent Shot By Police – No Compensation For Victim, No Public Inquiry, No Explanation

There are three truths revealed in the story of Kim Joseph, the 17 year old girl who was “accidentally” shot in the head by a Royal Barbados Police Force officer nine years ago.

The first truth is that Barbados police officers have proven time and time again that they are fast and reckless in their use of deadly force, and that our police generally lack the proper training, skill and judgment necessary to use firearms effectively and safely.

The second truth is that successive governments, the police and the courts generally put so little importance upon the rights of citizens, ethical behaviour and natural justice that ordinary people have zero recourse in our society if they are mistreated by government. For the innocent victim of a police shooting to have to wait for “justice” for nine or twelve years is simply more abuse at the hands of the powerful cabal of elites who control this country.

The third truth is that there is never any accountability in our society for wrongdoing by government officials, police or other powerful people. The Barbados news media has generally been complicit in enabling the police, government and other powerful organisations and individuals to avoid accountability. The ongoing silence and willful blindness of our news media to ongoing human rights violations and injustices in our country is their shame.

There has never been any critical, in depth look by the island news media into the numerous incidents of reckless shootings and other wrong-doing by the Royal Barbados Police Force.

The news media has remained silent about the failure of government to make the police into a modern, publicly accountable law enforcement organisation that respects the rule of law and citizens’ rights.

In free and democratic countries, responsible news media leads the way in holding police and government accountable to the people. Sadly, the Barbados News media traditionally jumps into bed with the government of the day in a quest for advertising revenue – as evidenced by the dramatic change in media support from the BLP to the DLP since the last election.

Further Reading

Nation News: Bullet To Head But No Money

BFP…

Suspicious Death Brings World Attention Upon Royal Barbados Police Force

Nation News Finally Discovers That Barbados Police Don’t Give A Damn About Rule Of Law

Barbados Police Give Up On Enforcement, Surrender To Drug Dealers – Charges Laid Down 91% Since 2005!

COVER-UP: Royal Barbados Police Force Ignores Violent Threats To Businessman

Barbados Police Continue To Cover-Up Threats Against Adrian Loveridge, Court Witnesses, Bloggers

Judge Takes Barbados Police To Task – Failure To Perform Internal Investigations Into Police Wrong-Doing

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