Daily Archives: December 21, 2008

Barbados Police Out Of Control – Journalists Arrested For Reporting On Crooked Cops – Call For Commissioner’s Resignation

Barbados Police Thugs Again Assault Working Journalists

Barbados Police Thugs Again Assault Working Journalists

Freedom Of The Press In Deep Trouble In Barbados

Yet again more working journalists have been man-handled and arrested by Barbados police thugs. The crime this time was reporting on a police officer who is charged with dealing drugs. (Nation News stories here, here and here)

Commissioner Dottin has once again promised to have some sort of investigation or inquiry into the incident – the same as he always promises whenever the police shoot an unarmed citizen in the back of the head or beat up working reporters. Of course, there never is any investigation or explanation by Dottin or the Royal Barbados Police Force because the police are above the law in Barbados. They answer to no one, not even to the politicians and certainly not to concerned citizens or the victims of police abuse. Dottin always says he will “Look into it” whenever an unarmed civilian is shot or a reporter is roughed up – but then nothing happens and the years go by.

There is no civilian oversight of police officers in Barbados. There is no working complaints board and no independent agency to investigate police wrongdoing. If citizens want to charge a police officer with an offense, that presents another whole layer of impossible. Our Director of Public Prosecutions is part of the problem as he hires corrupt police officers to collect personal debts owed to him.

Why Should We Believe Commissioner Dottin? He Has Lied To Us Many Times!

Last year there were two major incidents where police roughed up reporters and destroyed their notes, photos and videos. (BFP stories here and here)

Dottin said he’d “look into it.”

Sure. Almost 19 months have gone by and Dottin is still “looking into it” just like he’s looking into the case of 17 year old Kim Joseph – a woman who was “accidentally” shot in the head by police nine years ago. Just like he’s looking into the case of Stephan Griffith – an unarmed man who was shot in the back of the head by police in January 2007 while riding his bicycle. Just like he’s looking into the case of Glenroy Brathwaite who was most likely beaten to death by officers while in police custody in December 2006.

Are we detecting a pattern here?

We know that Barbados police are paid a fraction of what is paid to professional police officers in many other Caribbean nations. We know that they are poorly trained because of lack of funding, and understrength because of a shortage of qualified recruits. The last government’s solution to the problem was not to pay the police a living wage, but to lower the hiring standards!

All that is true, but in the end the police must be professionals and adhere to the rule of law whether they believe they are being paid enough or not.

And that makes it is a top-down leadership problem with the responsibility falling upon Commissioner Dottin – who has failed miserably to make the police into a professional law enforcement organisation where officers adhere to the rule of law and believe themselves to be guardians of a sacred trust to protect society.

Commissioner Dottin has shown time and time again that he is incapable of controlling his officers, let alone making the Royal Barbados Police Force into a professional law enforcement organisation that we can all be proud of.

Dottin should resign or be sacked.

Police Arrest Barbados Reporter

May 2007 Police Rough Up & Arrest Barbados Reporters - Charges Later Disappear

August 3, 2007: 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

July 31, 2007: Barbados Reporters Again Assaulted By Police Thugs – But Is The Nation News Reaping What Is Sowed?

June 8, 2007: Barbados Journalists Were Roughed Up OUTSIDE The Hospital!

May 27, 2007: Barbados Reporters Visit Queen Elizabeth Hospital – Arrive In Zimbabwe Courtesy Of Royal Barbados Police Force


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OUTRAGE! Stroke Victim Waits 6 Hours To See Doctor At Barbados Queen Elizabeth Hospital

My neighbour’s mother got rushed into hospital last week, there was however no rush for treatment when she arrived there. She had a suspected stroke, there were seemingly only 2 doctors on duty, that’s what her daughter was told by the nurse. Believe it or not she had to wait an unbelievable 6 hours until a doctor came to see her.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is only a notch above what you would get in a third world country, I personally think that the people of Barbados deserve a hell of a lot better.

… posted at Barbados Free Press by Garry Wynters, author of The Barbados Blog

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