Daily Archives: January 17, 2013

An embarassing moment for Police Commissioner Dottin

Clinton Norton: Sand in nostrils and mouth shows he didn't die indoors at the burglary.

Clinton Norton: Sand in nostrils and mouth shows he didn’t die indoors at the burglary.

Every once in a while the Nation or the Barbados Advocate or the CBC run a “feel good” story about our Royal Barbados Police Force – usually after some scandal that brings international attention to the failings of our understaffed, under-trained, under-paid bunch of temporary workers charged with keeping people safe on this rock.

“Of course Crawford confessed to a particular knowledge of the crime, who wouldn’t? How long could one man tolerate a serious beating at the CID?”

BFP reader Mark Fenty on Commissioner Dottin says accused rapist Derick Crawford confessed

The last big scandal was an innocent man Derrick Crawford jailed for two years waiting for his trial for the rape of two Brit tourists who said he wasn’t the rapist. Before that the scandal was the police covering up the “apparent murder” of Clinton Norton who was tortured to death and found with blood in his lungs and sand in his nostrils and mouth – dead inside a store burglary with no sand on the floor! Then there was the finger rape of Jamaican tourist Myrie and the Terry Schwarzfeld and Colin Peter murders and attending police foul-ups. We could go on and on but you get the message: our police aren’t exactly world class.

Let me translate that for you…

Now in the wake of the Derrick Crawford foul-up where the only evidence against him was a “confession”, Police Commissioner Dottin is in the papers telling police to “avoid over reliance on confessions to solve crime,”

The real meaning of the Commissioner’s message to his officers?  “Stop beating confessions out of people.”

And of course in the news article there is the obligatory mention that videotaping of all confessions is coming “soon”. Sure! LOL!  Like it was coming “soon” 10 years ago!

Further Reading

Have a look at Barbados Today’s Uncouth SSU Cops, then…

We encourage our readers to go to the website of The Nation to read this news story, but we have to print the whole thing here because that paper has a history of changing the news. Read No need to rely on confession

No need to rely on confession

STRESSING the need to avoid over reliance on confessions to solve crime, Commissioner of Police, Darwin Dottin, has urged lawmen to remember the importance of science, technology and the collection of evidence. Continue reading

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