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.
Nation News: Bullet To Head But No Money