Our police should be dismantling the gang leadership, not giving them status.
by Passin Thru
I read in the Nation that the police are brokering a meeting between the leaders of two rival gangs, to arrange a ‘truce’.
This is a huge mistake by the Royal Barbados Police Force.
The gangs are fighting over criminal profits and turf, areas of influence and gang status in the community. Any truce would have to involve establishing geographical boundaries for gang activities. After all, it’s a turf fight about criminal profits. What are the police thinking?
Are the police going to broker a deal where gang members stay in one are to work their crimes, and not interfere with the next gang’s turf?
This is a huge mistake that gives status to gang leaders and gangs, and unfortunately shows how impotent the police have become in the face of a crime wave the likes of which this island has never seen before. Guns, Guns Guns and our police strategy is to assist gangs to carve up territories? This is INSANE!
Our police should be causing havoc in the gangs, arresting the leaders and making criminals fear extra police attention that gang membership brings. Our police should be dismantling the gang leadership, not giving them status.
From the Nation…
AFFECTING A TRUCE between the leaders of two gangs is high on the agenda for community policing.
Head of the Chapman Lane and New Orleans Mobile Unit Sergeant Jamal Mohan said the two men are known to have a major influence on the youth of the area. Mohan was speaking earlier today at the launch of the second phase of the Reading and Learning in Harmony programme which is being done in conjunction with the Pan-American International Insurance Corporation. He said the truce would redound to making the community safer. (YB)
Nation: Police want truce between gang leaders
“The police said I might not be able to see my son if I pursued charges.”
special by Dentella Dorma Marie Hoyos
I once loved the little Rock but after being raped here literally and figuratively it has changed for me. I have kept so much pain buried inside and at some point you become like a pressure cooker. The pressure cooker blows a gasket. The water is boiling and those boils are tears of a tormented traumatized soul.
I never like to talk about this but will shortly after I was separated from my husband in Barbados. I watched my mother die suddenly in front of me in a home utilities some were turned off. Doctor Richard Corbin in his own words. “Mrs. Hoyos has been under tremendous stress and the sudden death of her mother is related to her divorce.”
Then after my mom died which was the first devastating blow of many. I was dealt another blow. As I was left to fend for myself . I hired some workers to do work on the beach home. I paid them what they asked and they worked late one evening. They knew I lived alone and my boyfriend was gone. I went to rest as I had hired them for a week. I was subsequently assaulted in the very home that I am in now. I had a boyfriend at the time that was supportive and comforting after this hellish ordeal. I can’t believe I am one of those one in four women stats but I am.
I often tried so hard to bury that pain and it comes back when I least expect it and like flood gates of hells fires have been opened. With the help of this boyfriend ( We ) found one of my attackers. He can confirm this and would and has and remains a close friend. The police said I might not be able to see my son if I pursued charges. Documented. I was so confused. What do I do? Catch 22… do I bring justice and not see my son. What was I to blame that I hired some bad workers? Unknowingly recommended to me, this what is being laid at me.
So somewhere my attackers are walking free… Free to harm again. Free to hurt another’s heart. For any tears any woman has if she is assaulted and I did not get them locked up I feel just as much at fault and blame. If I had only been stronger and had the courage and conviction to pursue a criminal case.
… continue reading the story of this courageous woman at Sheri Veronica’s blog Raped, beaten and robbed in Barbados
Recipe for Social Disaster
Combine a broken court system with understaffed, under-trained & underfunded police force. Throw in some crook politicians, a general rise in societal violence, and mass unemployment.
Bake for a year in the hot Bajan sun. Top with some drug profits and rum.
It’s a wonder that the Royal Barbados Police Force was able to hold the serious crimes rise to only 14% over 2014.
Lord, we better get some mass job creation ’bout this place and soon.
Nation: Police chief confirms rise in crime against Bajans
Drug dealers, corrupt politicians and bad cops
Who made this list?
Sheri Veronica, that’s who. And she ties it to vote buying in Barbados elections.
That woman has stones.
And she’s pretty too!
Sheri Veronica’s blog: Barbados: Bad cops, Corrupt politicians and drug lords
Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock has been in the news again lately – so we’ve revisited this past story of his corruption and unethical behaviours like using the police to threaten and extort a woman who owed him a private debt – and then withdrawing corruption charges against his same police friend.
Unlike the mainstream Barbados news media, the blogs don’t let unresolved news stories fade away. We’ll keep bringing this back into memory until this place cleans itself up… and until our corrupt DPP resigns.
I love my Barbados – but I hate the corrupt and incestuous cartel that seems to run everything.
Originally posted on Barbados Free Press:
Barbados News Media Remains Silent
On September 16, 2008, Barbados Police Sergeant Paul Emmanuel Vaughn (sometimes spelled Paul Vaughan) was charged with corruptly accepting $56,500 in bribes between December 1, 2004 and April 30, 2007 from Evadney Cindy Bushell in return for protecting her from prosecution for selling pirated DVDs.
We said at the time that the Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock would eventually withdraw the criminal charges against his old friend, Sergeant Vaughn, because the two corrupt public employees had previously been involved together in the Ronja Juman scandal. In short, Charles Leacock had Sergeant Vaughn and his goon squad arrest Ronja Juman in the middle of the night and subject the terrified woman to a vaginal search – over back rent she owed Charles Leacock. There was no way the DPP was going to continue the prosecution of a man who was his friend and a co-conspirator…
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Good for the cops for cleaning up their own mess. Will the officers ever come to trial? The record of similar arrests fading into nothing doesn’t make me an optimist…
AS MANY AS SEVEN police officers ranging in rank from special constable to sergeant, were being questioned up to late last night in connection with a suspected illegal drugs racket.
According to sources, the breakthrough started after investigators, acting on a tip-off, discovered a quantity of marijuana in the possession of one of the officers, who was subsequently taken into custody over the weekend.
… see Nation News
According to Amnesty, on March 17, Mottley and Headley, in the company of their lawyer, presented themselves at the Hastings police station in “good health”, as certified by a doctor.
But hours later, Mottley’s lawyer Brian Clarke reportedly received a call from his client requesting his urgent presence.
“When the lawyer arrived, he saw that Adrian Mottley was in distress, he had a split lip and had vomit on his mouth. Shortly afterwards he fainted and began foaming at the mouth, ” Amnesty claimed in the statement.
It said after receiving medical attention, Mottley later told his lawyer that “police officers had wrapped him in plastic wrap from his feet up to his neck and then [beat] him around the body.”
… from Barbados Today Tortured?
Do Bajans believe that the Royal Barbados Police Force regularly beats prisoners? Do fish swim in the sea?
A few reminders from BFP stories…
March 25, 2013 Was Derek Crawford beaten by police to make him confess to rape?
November 25, 2012 Barbados Police competence, brutality, in spotlight as ‘wrongful’ rape charges explode in worldwide news
December 2, 2011 Death in Police Custody
May 30, 2011 Barbados Bar Association President: Police beat confessions from suspects
Sept 9 2010 Dear Police Commissioner