Zetas Drug Gang agrees with Barbados Police Commissioner: Social media, blogs, are bad!

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… >>>

1. Bribery and corruption charges dropped against Sgt. Paul Vaughan (Vaughn) without explanation.

July 3, 2009 Secret Withdrawal Of Bribery Charges Against Barbados Cop Stinks Of Corruption At The Highest Levels

June 13, 2009 What Happened To Bribery Charges Against Corrupt Barbados Police Officer – Paul Vaughn – Vaughan?

September 18, 2008  Corrupt Director Of Public Prosecutions Must Now Prosecute His Corrupt Police Friend For Accepting Bribes!!!

December 17, 2008 Was Corrupt Barbados Police Sargeant Paul Vaughan Extorting Bribes From Codrington Family’s DVD Store?

2. Barbados Police outright refusal to investigate arson, threats of death and rape against foreign investor and hotel owner Adrian Loveridge.

September 27, 2008 Threats Against Adrian Loveridge Continue – Barbados Police Continue To Do NOTHING

June 22, 2008  COVER-UP: Royal Barbados Police Force Ignores Violent Threats To Businessman

May 25, 2008  Barbados Police Continue To Cover-Up Threats Against Adrian Loveridge, Court Witnesses, Bloggers

March 22, 2008 Adrian Loveridge Again Asks For Police, Cable And Wireless To Act In Death Threats

February 29, 2008 What Happened To The Police Investigation Of Death Threats Against Adrian Loveridge?

January 9, 2008  Barbados Police Ignore Death Threats Against Hotel Owner – How Will Other Offshore Investors React?

January 2, 2008 Death Threats In Barbados: Adrian Loveridge Files Written Complaint With Police

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.

BFP: Florida Sheriff Scandal Has Barbados Police Connection – Questions Need Answering By Barbados Police

4. Passersby and innocent people shot by Barbados Police officers.

February 17, 2008 Barbados Police Commissioner Explains A Certain Shooting – Continues To Ignore Other Incidents

February 3, 2008 Bystander Accidentally Shot By Barbados Police – Left To Die By The Roadside

January 28, 2007 Man Apparently Shot In Back Of Head By Police As He Was Running Away. Police Say “It Was A Confrontation”

December 5, 2006 Man Released From Barbados Police Custody Later Dies – Rumours Of Bruises, Brain Damage & Burst Artery

5. Police Sargeant Paul Vaughan collecting unpaid rent for Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock. Blank, pre-signed search warrant used, woman’s vagina searched for back-rent money.

November 5, 2007 We Publish All The Documents: Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions, Police Sgt Paul Vaughan And The Blank Search Warrant Scandal

Sept 24, 2007 New Blog Alleges: Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock – Ordered Police Thuggery Over His Tenant’s Unpaid Rent – Night Raid, Woman Strip Searched Over Unpaid Rent!

6. Refusal of Barbados Police to investigate violent threats against witnesses in trial.

December 20, 2007 Barbados Police In Political Cover Up – Fail To Investigate Violent Threats Against Witnesses In Chief Justice’s Land Fraud Trial

7. Failure of Barbados Police to implement a zero tolerance policy on spousal abuse, and to take spousal abuse seriously.

In 2007, Barbados Police Officers failed to enter a gated community for four days to answer a call of a wife being abused by her husband. Almost three years later your officers are still exhibiting a “couldn’t care less” attitude to spousal abuse. We’d like to know how you intend to change this attitude and performance problem.

April 4, 2007 Beat Your Wife In Barbados? You Are Protected From The Police If You Live In A Gated Community!

September 19, 2009 Barbados Police slow to act upon threats to woman. We agree that’s newsworthy.

8. Failure of the Barbados Police to stop the Boscobel Road Toll Gang.

August 23, 2010 Boscobel toll gang still extorting tourists. Barbados police helpless.

June 27, 2010 Canadian investor Bob Verdun accosted by Barbados Boscobel Toll Gang

March 25, 2010 Barbados Prime Minister emails Canadian tourist: “(Boscobel Road Toll Gang) has been investigated… I have received no other negative reports”

January 8, 2010 Barbados Police Helpless as hundreds of tourists extorted every month by Boscobel road toll gang

June 17, 2009  Boscobel Road Toll Gang Still Operating Freely In Barbados

September 16, 2008 Barbados Police Helpless In Stopping Boscobel Road Toll Gang

9. Failure of Barbados Police to uphold the law at Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary & RAMSAR protected wetlands.

August 24, 2009 Barbados Police Allow Thieves To Take Home Stolen Fish – No Charges

April 1, 2009 Barbados Advocate Covers Up Police Failure To Respond To Theft, Gunshots At Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary

March 31, 2009 Another Reason Why Barbados Police Commissioner Dottin Should Be Fired – Police Again Fail To Answer Call For Help

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.

June 28, 2010 Barbados Commissioner of Police accused of illegal wiretapping

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5 responses to “Zetas Drug Gang agrees with Barbados Police Commissioner: Social media, blogs, are bad!

  1. Bad Infidel

    Poor Dottin is stuck in the 1970’s. He think he can ignore the abuses that BFP keep repeating every few weeks. In olden days the polcie control the newspapers and things fade away. BFP still asking him about abuses his men did years ago and they keep asking him fair questions that he don’t want to answer.

    Time move on. Dottin still think it 1973!

  2. Money for nothing

    When Sgt Vaughan was charged with accepting a bribe, the information was that he received $56,500 in bribes. That is a lot of money where I come from. It is also a very specific amount.

    How can they turn around and drop the charges after that? They might as well put a sign up at police hq “we’re crooked”. Disgusting!

  3. Posh

    Because everything BFP writes is true…. ROLL EYES HERE.

    I saw journalists arrested for obstruction not roughed up, but i guess it looks that way when you’ve never worn the shoe of police. Never will, because you don’t have the heart to do a job of law enforcement, because people especially bajans don’t like anyone in authority telling them anything, and that’s why this generation, the disregard for authority has started from primary school.

    You are anonymous not because you fear reprisal, you are anonymous because you would be sued for libel.

  4. glopy

    It’s time for COP Dottin to retire. He can, so why is he hanging on?

  5. glopy

    Posh, tell us about why the charges were dropped against Sgt. Vaughan. Why was the amount of money so specific?