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.
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
“One officer slightly shot” sounds a bit strange, but it’s just about what the police and papers are saying happened on Tuesday night. The story only deserves four sentences in the Nation and Barbados Today because that is all the information released by the police.
Think about that folks: Gunmen saw patrolling police officers, then started shooting in an ambush. If that doesn’t sound like Kingston, Jamaica I don’t know what does.
But the police and the news media are playing down the incident, I suppose because the injured officer was only ‘slightly’ shot.
Strange times ’bout this place. Sometimes I swear somebody stole my country and put this new one under my feet. It looks like the same old place, but it isn’t.
A police detective was “slightly injured” when gunmen opened fire on a group of officers last night.
Police public relations officer Inspector David Welch says members of the Criminal Investigations Department were on patrol in Chapman Lane, the City around 11 pm when unknown assailants shot at them several times before running away.
He said police returned fire.
The incident is being investigated.
… from Barbados Today Men Shoot at Police
“It will be interesting to follow the Martin Jones case through court as I can’t recall ever seeing a Barbados Police Officer convicted of corruption offenses.
They always seem to walk off free.”
Barbados Free Press article March 22, 2012: Barbados Police Inspector charged in court caper
Retired RBPF Inspector Martin Jones
Almost two years ago a recently retired Royal Barbados Police Force Inspector, Martin Jones, was charged with perverting the course of justice in a big drug case. What happened since then? Was he convicted? Were the charges dropped?
Your guess is as good as ours because no one ever saw another reference to Inspector Martin Jones again.
Could it be that Inspector Jones is a SPECIAL FRIEND of Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock? You know, just like that corrupt cop Sergeant Paul Vaughan (sometimes called Paul Vaughn) was a friend of the DPP? It’s not like it hasn’t happened before ’bout this rock…
“Well surprise, surprise! The Director of Public Prosecutions recently ordered the withdrawal of the bribery and perverting the course of justice charges against his friend, Sergeant Vaughn.
No public explanation was given – and the cowardly lapdogs in the Barbados news media never asked a single question even though the whole thing stinks to high heaven.”
… from the BFP article Secret withdrawal of Bribery Charges against Barbados cop stinks of corruption at the highest levels.
So let’s see if any BFP readers know what happened to the corruption charges against Barbados police inspector Martin Jones.
Ex-cop on bail (read the story at The Nation here)
BY HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON | THU, MARCH 22, 2012 – 12:11 AM
A retired police inspector accused of perverting the course of justice in a drug trafficking case was released on bail yesterday. Continue reading