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Barbados Police Officer shot four times under mysterious circumstances – Island news media silent

Sheri Veronica Barbados

Not one word in the Barbados newspapers

According to the talk in Bridgetown, four days ago Constable Jonathan Barrow was shot four times in the legs. He was treated at hospital where doctors recovered at least two bullets from the wounds. Barrow is now resting at home.

Nothing in the news media, but everyone is talking.

First to report the shooting was Sheri Veronica (photo above) of Naked Departure blog who ran the story on July 28th, and followed up with a mention on her Naked Departure Talk Show yesterday.

Officer Barrow was one of the police involved in the infamous Shanique Marie ‘finger rape’ case. His partner at the time, Everton Gittens, is currently in Dodds Prison on murder charges stemming from the shooting of two men attacking Gittens’ alleged lover.

So what’s going on and why isn’t the Barbados news media covering this story?

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What is happening to our home? Two police officers shot in Christ Church

Officers shot as Commissioner Dottin announces new Twitter and Facebook initiatives

Two officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force were shot late Saturday night when they investigated two men in Navy Gardens. Constable Terry Pierre was seriously injured by a shot to the torso and remained in surgery for hours. Sergeant Christine Husbands was treated and released. A third officer on patrol was uninjured.

This comes a few days after the double murder of 79-year-old resident Arthur “Fred” Chaderton and his son-in-law Gerhart Metamara Stock who was visiting Barbados on a family vacation. Both men were shot at Chaderton’s home last Tuesday by two masked men, who may have been targeting Chaderton’s brother – the owner of the Bridge Supermarket.

At this time there is no indication from the police that the two incidents are in any way related, although one never knows. If the two men who the police were about to question are the ones who committed murder earlier in the week they probably would have been desperate enough to shoot at the three police officers. Or not. We just don’t know the truth at this time and don’t have enough information to guess.

No nighttime travel anymore in the North.

These two high profile shootings are on top of a spate of robberies and violent incidents in the last while (not to mention the Campus Trendz mass murder) that make me wonder where it is I am living because I don’t recognize my home anymore. It is as if I woke up in the last few weeks and forced myself to read the stories of violence in the news. I’ve been filtering it all out but last week Shona announced that she didn’t want to go out to visit some friends up near Archers Bay because we would have to “get home too late”. After a talk it turned out that “get home too late” was her code phrase for “don’t want to be driving up there after dark”.

This “no travel after dark in the north” is new in our home and it really underlined the changes that I’ve been filtering out for so long.

What’s to be done? Everyone is looking to the police, but the organisation is more than 100 officers understrength and can’t find enough qualified new officers willing to work for next to nothing. Commissioner Dottin and his crew do what they can with what they have but the truth is that the police are understaffed, under trained and under equipped. Our glorious BLP and DLP governments have been financially starving the police to death for two decades.

It is all about priorities, and for the last two decades the politicians have talked about the police and public safety, but their talk was all for show because it wasn’t accompanied by a realistic budget. So now we are in the situation we are in: without an adequately staffed, trained and equipped police force.

A response of fine words – every time

The crazy evil people that are part of any society know that the police are stretched too thin. They know that every time there is a horrible crime, the Attorney General and the Police Commissioner will “reassure” the public with fine words and announce “increased patrols”.

Sure enough, both the AG and the Police Commissioner did their usual.

No massive increase in budget, personnel hiring and resources though. That takes money and real commitment. Instead, our Commissioner of Police is reduced to telling folks to “Stay Calm” and announcing that the police “will soon” be on Twitter and Facebook. Hasn’t happened yet, but “soon.”

Two cops shot. Double murder. Many violent robberies. = Reassure, Twitter. Facebook.

What’s wrong with this equation?

Further Reading

Nation: Top Cop: Stay Calm!

Nation: Police turning to social sites.

 

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Barbados school children dive for ground as man shot near playing field

Police spokesperson: “The children were not in danger”

On Tuesday morning, 10:40am, during school hours, 150 children and 3 teachers of the Springer Memorial School were at the Blenheim Playing Field when a 23 year old man was shot twice near the western end of the playing field. News reports don’t say how many shots were fired in total.

The teachers yelled at the children to lay flat on the ground as the gunshots rang out nearby.

Royal Barbados Police Force public relations officer Inspector David Welch has the idiocy to say “From the reports, the children were not in danger.”

That’s not a very intelligent statement from the Inspector for a host of reasons, not the least of which is that wild pistol fire has been responsible in the past for deaths at great distances. According to the law enforcement range charts on the internet, a 9mm pistol round can be lethal (not accurate, but still lethal) to 2,400 yards and still impact at 350 feet per second. Even a little .22 bullet can kill at one mile.

What really irks me as a parent is this senior police officer telling us no worries, the children were safe. That is nothing but spin and parents are not stupid enough to buy into that spin. Inspector David Welch lost all credibility with me.

(name withheld by request)

Further Reading

Nation News: Shooting leaves man injured

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