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Call for justice for Selwyn Knight and son

Social activist and head of the Clement Payne Movement David Comissiong is demanding justice for Selwyn Knight who was killed by police last week, as well as his son Junior who was shot in the same incident.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Comissiong expressed concern that a week after the shooting, no charges have been brought against the policeman who pulled the trigger.

“I would like to take this opportunity to admonish my fellow Barbadian citizens that this most recent shooting and the way it is being treated by the authorities demands a public expression of outrage on our part,” he said.

“If we do not speak up and denounce the highly unsatisfactory manner in which this matter is being treated, and also demand justice for the late Selwyn Knight and his son, Junior Jamar Knight, we will – by our silence and inaction – be sending a very wrong and a very dangerous message to the officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force and to our entire society.”

The deceased Knight, 57, and his 27-year-old son were shot in Dash Gap, Bush Hall, St Michael last Sunday as they tried to recover items from Jamal Skeete who had broken into their nearby Queen Mary Road, Bank Hall home.

The police officer has been suspended and yesterday, Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock told Barbados TODAY that it could be another three months before the official file on the fatal shooting reached his office.

Comissiong said that as “distressing and amazing” as this state of affairs was, it was not surprising.

He alleged that it was “par for the course” where police shootings of civilians in Barbados is concerned, noting that he was not aware of a single instance in which a police officer was charged with the wrongful death of a civilian.

21 Responses to Call for justice for Selwyn Knight and son

  1. Toni Beckles
    Toni Beckles March 21, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    So true @ not aware of a single instance in which a police officer was charged with the wrongful death of a civilian

  2. Token Black
    Token Black March 21, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    It may seem idealistic or even far fetched for some, but the judgement of the almighty is the ultimate judgement. You may surpass the judgement of man but the judgement of the most high awaits you…for sure you will be judged. “… and you will not get out of there until you have paid your very last penny” to that particular officer and the many others who abuse the power entrusted to them just remember the wrongs of the fathers fall back on the children.. Your wrong doings WILL come back at you 100 fold. Rest in peace to my friend Blues.. I know you will rise in Glory.. Good man gone.. #justicefortheknightfamily

    • Ella Rose Babb
      Ella Rose Babb March 21, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      One of the best.. Think I’m still in shock…we were both 12yrs old when we first met grew up same neighborhood…soon the Almighty will judge!

    • Token Black
      Token Black March 21, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      Ella Rose Babb please like our page and encourage your friends to do the same #justiceforSelwynKnight

  3. Denise Miller
    Denise Miller March 21, 2015 at 7:24 pm


  4. Renaldo Windsor
    Renaldo Windsor March 21, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    I was waiting pun U , u tek very long David

  5. Tracy Holdipp
    Tracy Holdipp March 21, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    The people of this Nation needs to come together and march for justice and let these unfair people understand that enough is enough

  6. Tammy Sweets
    Tammy Sweets March 21, 2015 at 8:04 pm


  7. Tracy Holdipp
    Tracy Holdipp March 21, 2015 at 8:20 pm


  8. Allan Headley
    Allan Headley March 21, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    If it is going to take three months for a report to reach the DPP well there will be no justice

  9. Allan B Love
    Allan B Love March 21, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    ..Someone has to be held accountable ..

  10. Gloria Mendes
    Gloria Mendes March 21, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    For evil to persist good men just have to do nothing. Looks like that is what is going to happen.

  11. Gloria Mendes
    Gloria Mendes March 21, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Oh well I tried but my comment was not allowed

  12. Otis Boss
    Otis Boss March 22, 2015 at 12:51 am

    For once i can agree with you David people need to speak out about this and do what nessery for the lawmakers to change this man with murdered and attempted murder both men were shot in the back that’s murder

  13. dave March 22, 2015 at 6:41 am

    why are my comments not be posted ? I am getting a message saying that it is for moderation but my comments are not posted. The comments are not questionable in any way. What is your policy ?

  14. Maxwell March 22, 2015 at 7:08 am

    If it take three months for tHe report to be delivered, then we are still in the stone ages. If any other person had pulled that trigger we would have been residing in the constituency of St. Philip North a long time ago.

  15. Annamaria March 22, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I know the knights family because all of us grew up in the same neighborhood and knew each other parents. It is time that the judicial system in Barbados get clean up. Too much injustice and wrongdoings are swept under the rug because those who supposed to uphold the law are the chief perpetrators of the very laws they supposed to uphold. It is time that Barbadians people come together as one people and not a a separate and unequal people because whether it is your family or another family that has to experience some form of injustice at the hands of law enforcement officers does not make it ok to sit and do nothing. That police officer needs to be charge with Murder in the first degree and attempted murder. Barbadian people stand up for Justice not only for the knights family but for every family in Barbados who has suffered some form of injustice.

  16. Annamaria March 22, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Why did the comment I just posted disappear? No one likes the truth and yet you asked for a comment to be posted here.

  17. Sanderson Rowe March 22, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Some years ago, following a traffic accident on the ABC Highway.when a policeman’s wife unfortunately died,the driver of the truck involved was arrested almost immediately.

  18. Sanderson Rowe March 22, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Have we now become a rudderless fully paid up Banana Republic?

  19. Tony Waterman March 23, 2015 at 5:02 am

    First of all, i would be nice if people would refrain from saying the Mr.Knight was killed by “THE POLICE”, he was NOT, he was Killed by a POLICEMAN, who as we all should know by now was OFF DUTY,
    I don’t know why this file should take Three Months to get to the DPP, when the Theif’s file seemed to have got there in a few hours it took them less than 48 hours to arrest,Charge,Try,Convict, and sentence him.

    this is not so hard a case to bring to Justice, Mr.Knight Sr. was shot in his back and the bullet punctured his Heart, causing his Death, this was stated publicly in the Coroner’s Report last Week, Mr.Knight Jr.was Shot 2-3 times in his back, what type of DEFENCE can this Officer raise to JUSTIFY these Shootings, one of which resulted in the Death of a presumably Law abiding Citizen.
    The DPP has no Choice but to Indict this Officer for Murder, Culpable Homicide, Aggravated Assault, assault with a deadly Weapon, Wounding with intent to Maim /Disfigure,
    and in the second Instance the Charges should be:- Attempted Murder, Aggravated assault, Assault with a deadly Weapon, Wounding with Intent to maim/Disfigure, Simple Wounding,
    if none of these Charges are laid, and even if he is found Guilty and the Sentence does not fit the Crime, Straight to the CCJ.


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