UPDATED: January 1, 2013 – Victims angry with Commissioner Dottin!
“Dr Rachel Turner and Diane Davies are hopping mad because of comments made by Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin during a Press conference last week.
The top cop had indicated that both women were uncooperative during the investigation of their rape, at the same spot two days apart, and that the Police Force had done its job properly in arresting Derick Crawford.”
The Nation: Reopen the Case! Find the man who raped us!
But can we trust a confession collected by the police without video?
For years judges and commissions have recommended that the Royal Barbados Police Force video confessions to crimes to remove the doubts.
Why should there be doubts? Aren’t all our police officers perfectly proper and honest when it comes to confessions?
Bajans know that many young men have died or been seriously injured in police custody where it is said that the police were trying to obtain confessions. Our officers have been known to shoot unarmed bicyclists in the head when they didn’t stop for police for a “routine checkstop” and were riding away. Young men have been known to jump off a cliff 50 feet into the sea and die rather than face questioning by our police. Or maybe they didn’t jump.
Can you blame Bajans for having doubts about the confession of Derick Crawford? Did the police provide him with the “particular details” of the crime that appeared in his confession?
“We know what goes on ’bout hey, and that’s why we have doubts.”
Commissioner Dottin: we wouldn’t be having this conversation and public embarrassment if you had of ordered that confessions be videoed as you said you were going to do years ago.
Video courtesy of The Bajan Reporter