Cops to probe New Orleans gun incident

Police have launched an investigation into a videotaped incident in New Orleans, The City in which an officer was seen behind the wheel of a patrol jeep brandishing his gun in the direction of scores of protesting residents.

Here, an officer is seen behind the wheel of a patrol jeep brandishing his gun in the direction of scores of protesting residents.
Here, an officer is seen behind the wheel of a patrol jeep brandishing his gun in the direction of scores of protesting residents.

Acting Assistant Superintendent of Police David Welch told Barbados TODAY this afternoon that the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) had opened the probe into all the issues related to video, which went viral on social media over the weekend.

The video showed the policeman waving his firearm at the crowd before deciding to put on the siren and reverse his vehicle out of the area, while noisy residents hurled expletives at him and threatened to take the gun away.

At one point, another police officer was seen opening the back door of the vehicle and then shutting it again before the police jeep moved off.

It is not yet known what lead to the officer to pull his gun during the confrontation.

7 Responses to Cops to probe New Orleans gun incident

  1. dave June 9, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Suggestion: All Police Officers should be subjected to twice yearly brain examinations by a competent medical practitioner

  2. zeus June 9, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Can any person who viewed the video that was not at the scene please say or inform BT what occurred at the scene before the video started so that persons commenting on 20 seconds of video stop jumping to conclusions and condemning the actions of the police officer …..walk a mile in a person shoes and then pass judgement

  3. dave June 9, 2015 at 6:53 am

    What would lead a Policeman to draw his Gun in such a situation ? This is Barbados not the Wild Wild West or Is it ? If you draw that gun , you should be prepared to use it , if not why draw it. This kind of reaction is a serious fly in the ointment of the Psychological profile of anyone who reacts in this manner. It is enough to get such a person arrested and charged. An aggressive approach will yield aggressive reaction.

  4. zeus June 9, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Dave if you can answer your first question or get someone to answer it for you perhaps it would make you change your opinion of condemnation .And this talk about only draw your weapon if you going to use it stop the book reading and go and spend a dayin the constable’s uniform

  5. Patrick Blackman June 9, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    We can sit from an armchair and pass judgement on this officer for his actions. I have not seen the video but certainly given the state of criminal activity and the current spate of guns violence in the country I certainly would have drawn my gun as well.

    I am not defending the officer’s actions, he alone knowns the reasons why. If he felt his life was in danger he is justified.

    I remember as a youngster we use to use the term “shaping up around me” which indicated that someone was about to attack you and based on his movements you would attack first.

  6. villager. June 9, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    I really hope the police officials really stop bowing to the pressure of these persons in the media who seem to have a beef with the force, all they are seemingly doing is making comparisons with what is going on in the USA,with incidents involving the police and creating situations here that are going to if not checked, lead to a serious problem between civilians and the police. NOW TO THE INCIDENT at hand i am quite aware of how certain persons in certain areas behave when the police have to come on the scene, and some of the said persons criticizing this policeman’s actions would not even dare walk through the Orleans during broad day light, i see absolutely nothing wrong with the officer drawing his gun, in this day and age when you have a mob, or a gathering who seem bent on creating havoc and obviously behaving in a threatening manner what do you expect the police to do?Show cowardice and let these thugs believe that they are push overs? Trust me if it is perceived they will surely test the police and then the same will be posted all over social media, with many adoring fans, i say no, i am not advocating lawlessness by the police, but being in such a situation i would have pulled an M16, END OF STORY , THIS DEVIANT AND LAWLESS BEHAVIOR MUST STOP.

  7. Wayne June 10, 2016 at 8:04 am

    This was a preview to the flow up shooting in bush hall, and when one is backed into a corner, the natural reaction is to attack, it’s only a matter of time


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