Show us your firmer hand, Mr AG

Times have definitely changed.

Gone, it would seem, are the days when accused persons would bow their heads in shame at the sight of a court photographer, and when all you needed to take with you to a fete was a cheerful dance partner, along with a hanky to wipe away any gathering beams of sweat from your brow.

If yesterday’s court appearance by the double murder accused Shamar Antonio Lynch is anything to go by, there is a growing cavalier attitude from elements among us accused of serious crimes which we had better pay attention to.

As disconcerting as it would seem that a judge had granted him bail on a previous murder charge, much worse still was seeing multiple images of an openly smiling and chest-thumping Lynch drawing encouragement from a large gathering of family and friends, as he exited the precincts of the court in response to the second such accusation.

Add to that dramatic performance, yesterday morning’s police raid at the Party Stand, which glaringly displays that our young men and women are heading out to fetes with a whole lot more on their minds than just having a good time.

Why else would anyone even think of going to a fete with that sort of weaponry? We are talking here about guns, knives, pairs of scissors, a ski mask, and, of course, a night’s serving of drugs (not of the prescribed kind).

These are all worrying signs of the times, which means that we have to take fresh guard.

You don’t want to go in search of a good time, only to be caught unawares by someone who is just out to spoil the fun, and possibly even maim or injure you permanently.

Heaven forbid you are in the dance hall and mistakenly stand on someone’s feet! It’s all bloody frightening to think what the current response would be, and worse yet, what recourse, if any, there will be for the injured party in an atmosphere where the rights of accused and, discomfitingly those of the criminal element are not unpronounced. Yet, we advocate no reason for anyone to take matters into his or her own hands.

Going forward,there will need to be a lot more vigilance on the part of us all, not only party organisers.

We have already heard the assurances from Chetwyn Stewart that female patrons to the Party Stand may soon experience more diligent searches of their person if they expect to enter events. The reason for this? Women are believed to be behind the most recent security lapse and may have been the ones taking in the weapons on behalf of their male companions.

Seriously, ladies?

How can the authorities adequately ensure there is no repeat of this worrying situation? A firmer hand will have to be brought to bear on these and other vexing security matters by our law enforcers, chief of whom is our Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, who will have to provide leadership in wrestling these problems to the ground.

Needless to say, it is not enough from him to express concern about the current lapses in the system, or to even highlight what he sees as present shortcomings in terms of implementation.

If, as he says, he is unhappy that it is currently within the jurisdiction of local judges to award bail to murder offenders, then don’t just talk about it, bring the necessary amendment to the Bail Act. Certainly, there is enough recent evidence of persons acting in breach of their bail terms to support such a change and keep capital accused behind bars.

Indeed, one is left to ponder if the state itself is not also culpable in circumstances where persons run afoul of the legislation that pertains to the issuance of bail.

It is now an urgent necessity for us to pull this society back before things get any more out of control.

To put it more pointedly, we need to stop talking the talk, and walk the walk, and where necessary

drive more fear into the hearts of the perpetrators, so they will think twice about acting as they now are.

While a person is innocent until proven guilty, never let it be said that we have become too soft on criminality.


22 Responses to Show us your firmer hand, Mr AG

  1. Beverley Hunte-Springer
    Beverley Hunte-Springer August 26, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    I do think we are too soft on crime.

  2. Santini More
    Santini More August 26, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I am in agreement that more must be done to kerb these deviants. I also believe that the media,including @BarbadosToday, can play its part by not showing the images of these smirking criminals. Report it in writing yes, but do not give these thugs the publicity they so desperately crave by showing their photo.

  3. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder August 26, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Look y’all play to much games u give white people legal guns to shoot blacks but u lock us up because we protecting our self,there is a time an place for everything under this sun but monkey handling guns was always a problem for us,guns don’t kill people people kill people,be very careful how u handle with these issues remember u dealing with intelligent minds that or watching the way matters or being deal with in this country…

  4. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder August 26, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Guns don’t make me feel safe legal or illegal,we or in a time when cops don’t ask u questions because u black, so they can pull they guns put it in ur face an its OK,an ur not even doin anything wrong they abuse certain people more then others,what society or we creating the government an law have created a problem in this country u pick on a certain class of people but hide the real problems that exist…

  5. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder August 26, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Y the law don’t go in these white people houses or parties y u pick on certain people only,y’all creating a problem this country can’t handle an I been seeing this foolishness for Years,u pick at the black community but let the white community do as they like be very careful how u deal with these issues because people can represent them self much more because ur dealing with very high intellectual minds ur dealing with children born in the 80s ..

  6. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder August 26, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Y u don’t see the police stations in the big up community only in the poor community??y because wanna hide behind that same law,yet still if the poor blacks call 911 cops is crack jokes at certain people,let them hear someone up black up in the white people community even if u lost an them hear them coming 5 an 6 jeeps all that time in d black community people calling no cops show up till some body dead…

  7. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder August 26, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Clyde Edey u is a real clown white people don’t get charged in Barbados them is get off free,them people have legal an; illegal guns or u forget them got guns??them can kill u legally buddy u not talking to just anyone one hear,I like when wanna call my name it shows me wanna reading what I say cause I does talk facts ..

  8. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder August 26, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I will dig up as much history to show u how the law is unfair for years,them people murder real black people the slave Holocaust its reality…

  9. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder August 26, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Wanna in about justice wanna about abuse,I never saw a bajan white cop yet in all my life y because the law protects them an give them legal guns,I will never forget this is a slave island,wanna abusing black people but in a smart way,WHO WANNA SEE AT THE QEH poor black bajans an u see how them is get treat like dogs even doe the QEH is being run by the government an tax payers money an u see how them is get deal with unfair..

  10. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder August 26, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Clyde Edey u lost u sound like a uncle tom,them same white people does nothing for people got all they $$$$ put nothing in to government but government kiss they behind an still got to get outside help an u trying to tell me something different,u slow or waa one day people will wake up an see people for who they or…

  11. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder August 26, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    In the great USA in each house its a Bible an a gun who u think u talking to with ur get a grip because u lost urs…

  12. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder August 26, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Yes some black people go about things the wrong way but we not the ones goin War an killing innocent people an children..

  13. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder August 26, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    We don’t make guns hello…

  14. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder August 26, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    If u create a fair society then the people that or over goin things will be easy to pick out,Peter didn’t pay for Paul an Paul didn’t had money Christ die for all an at the foot of the cross we or all sinners save by grace what u trying to tell me buddy…..

  15. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder August 26, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I never say a bajan white man or boy in the BDF so what that says to me then they don’t care about joining us in life,so we don’t care about them in death an the great judgment of God….

  16. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder August 26, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    We don’t go to the same church etc u sure u wanna start up this storm because it can become a category 5 hurricane….

  17. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder August 26, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    That name u see as my Facebook name that n no joke boy I Will cause that sky to speak if I don’t,I’m warning this country be very careful how u go about dealing with the poor people because God always help the needy not the rich remember my words fools…,

  18. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder August 26, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    The only problem I have is with $$$$$ once u see me get over that I will fight for my black people till death of my soul, y’all or fools to think u can get away with this injustice on black families we all have sin an come short…

  19. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder August 26, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Remember English is not my original language they teach us they language,wait till I can speak in my original tongue this world will shake …

  20. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder August 26, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Remember we don’t have a family business to turn too,so we pick jobs we know we can make ends meats,but remember if we have better opportunity we might be different but u abuse an unfair us an want our loyalty joke,I’ll die black an naked b4 I let anyone downgrade me as a human or put down my intelligence,u got to prove me wrong…..

  21. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder August 26, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    U have to show me facts or proof that what I’m saying is wrong it u can’t do that then ur living a lie…

  22. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder August 26, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    U put to learn at UWI at a high cost because ur saying to get ur PHD u got to pay high for it if not ur a no body,I say I want a PHD in God’s plan for my life after I leave this man made world behind with all its unfair an injustices only God can judge me no other human can…


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