Daily Archives: September 9, 2010

Dear Commissioner Dottin: About those internet “rumours” of Barbados Police corruption and incompetence…

UPDATED: August 13, 2011

We’re putting this story up for discussion once again as the inability of our police force to stem the recent violence is in the news. We’ll be looking at some of the issues in a story this weekend. Meanwhile have a read of this article that lists some of the infamous past incidents involving the Royal Barbados Police Force.

UPDATED: May 31, 2011

In respect of recent statements by Attorney Andrew Pilgrim that Barbados Police continue to beat confessions out of people they suspect of committing crimes, we revisit this article from last September. For more on Mr. Pilgrim’s statements, read Barbados Bar Association President: Police beat confessions from suspects.

Original story as first published at BFP on September 9, 2010…

“Alright, Commissioner Dottin, here’s our response to your public statements about Barbados Free Press.”

Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin climbed upon his high horse yesterday to chide Barbados Free Press, our readers and other ordinary citizens “for using the internet as a tool for rumour, gossip and to hurt people.” (Nation article here)

He spoke first generally and then specifically about our recent story Email received from dozens of BFP readers recounts horrible crime – but is it true?

Commissioner Dottin says he has a problem with BFP publicly discussing and then debunking an emailed rumour that had already been circulated to hundreds or thousands of people around the world.

Let’s be truthful here, although we will answer Commissioner Dottin, the email rumour story is not his real concern.

Dottin’s problem is that he does not like the fact that for almost five years Barbados Free Press and other websites have allowed independent citizens to hold the Royal Barbados Police Force to a higher level of public scrutiny and accountability. The police are also unhappy that blog stories of police corruption and incompetence are not allowed to fade into the past as happens all the time with the regular news media. Continue reading

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