Barbados Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin doesn’t mind telling anyone: he hates social media – Facebook, Twitter, forums, blogs – all of it. Our top cop has spoken several times about his negative views on citizens who use social media, most recently a few days ago as documented at Bajan Reporter (story & video).
It looks like Commissioner Dottin has some support for his position from the murderous Zetas Drug Gang in Mexico.
The Zetas drug thugs don’t like social media either, so two days ago they murdered two bloggers and hung their bodies from a bridge to give citizens the message that using social media to communicate with each other about crime is a bad thing to do.
The bloodstained bodies of a man and a woman were found hanging from a bridge in northeast Mexico Tuesday, along with threatening messages to people who report drug violence on social networks.
The messages lay near the two bodies, found half naked, alluding to websites set up for people to report drug violence in the area, police said.
“That will happen to all of them,” read the text of one message signed with the letter ‘Z’ usually associated with the Zetas drug gang.
… from the AFP story Hanging corpses carry threat to Mexico Internet users
Yup, both the Zetas Drug Gang and our Commissioner of Police recognize that social media helps to make their organisations accountable in society. Facebook, Twitter, blogs and discussion forums empower ordinary folks and makes it impossible for those in power to do what they want in secret. The drug gangs and the police can intimidate the news media and individual citizens – but they can’t stop anonymous social media from fairly revealing and criticizing abuses of power, corruption, incompetence, failures and the use of violence by gang members and police officers.
“Like the Zetas Drug Gang, Police Commissioner Dottin hates the lack of control over what people talk about on social media.”
Commissioner Dottin’s police officers have arrested journalists for reporting on police activities, roughed them up, seized cameras, erased videos and covered up police corruption. Barbados police of all ranks regularly intimidate the local news media – but they can’t intimidate anonymous citizens who responsibly use social media and the internet. Like the Zetas Drug Gang, Police Commissioner Dottin hates that lack of control over what people talk about on social media.
Barbados Commissioner of Police remains silent about police corruption revealed on social media
While we’re at it, we’ll reprint this September 10, 2010 invitation to Commissioner Dottin that lists some of the serious police abuses and corruption we’ve spoken about at BFP. So far Commissioner Dottin remains silent, except for his slamming of social media.
Dear Commissioner Dottin,
During your recent press conference, you alluded not only to a recent BFP story, but also to past internet “rumours” as you call them. In light of this we thought we’d mention a few of our previous articles and see if you could clarify the facts for Barbados citizens about police stories that the regular news media either wouldn’t cover or allowed to fade away unresolved.
Sir, this is your chance to specifically address anything that Barbados Free Press has ever printed about you or the RBPF (or anything else) and to speak directly to the same audience without our interference.
Commissioner Dottin, we promise that we will prominently post anything you write to us – unedited and without our comments. If you think any of our stories are inaccurate, upon your request we’ll post your response right with the story so everyone can read it. All we ask is that you send us an email from your RBPF email so we know it’s really you.
And, if there are serious errors in any of our stories, we promise we’ll make changes and publicly apologise to you, the RBPF and any officers we mentioned in the stories.
Here are some of the issues and our related stories that you might like to address. Please feel free to mention any others as well.
1. Bribery and corruption charges dropped against RBPF Sgt. Paul Vaughan (Vaughn) without explanation.
2. Barbados Police outright refusal to investigate arson, and threats of death, arson and rape against foreign investor and hotel owner Adrian Loveridge and his wife.
3. The Royal Barbados Police Force hired corrupt Florida Sheriff Ken Jenne and his associates to provide training and equipment to our police officers. This corrupt bunch got mixed up in kickbacks, fraud, tax evasion and money laundering – some of it in relation to work done for the RBPF.
4. Passersby and innocent people shot by Barbados Police officers.
5. Police Sargeant Paul Vaughan (Vaughn) collecting unpaid rent for Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock. A blank, pre-signed search warrant was used, and a woman’s vagina was searched for back-rent money.
6. Refusal of Barbados Police to investigate violent threats against witnesses in trial.
7. Failure of Barbados Police to implement a zero tolerance policy on spousal abuse, and to take spousal abuse seriously.
8. Failure of the Barbados Police to stop the Boscobel Road Toll Gang.
9. Failure of Barbados Police to uphold the law at Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary & RAMSAR protected wetlands.
10. Barbados Police are a law unto themselves in respect of wiretapping phone calls. There are no controls and no oversight by the judiciary or any independent body.
Here’s the list again with links to our stories… >>> Continue reading