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Off mark

Lawmen investigate worrying photographs and video

A day after the island’s top cop issued a solemn pledge to rid this island’s streets of illegal guns, two “disturbing” photographs of six young men posing on social media with high powered pistols, as well as a video recording of a ZR crash, have grabbed the attention of police.

The first of two photographs, which have been making the rounds today on Facebook, as well as Whatsapp, shows four young men – three of whom are barefooted – posing with firearms. In the second photograph, a dreadlocked man is seen sitting on a bench with a silver pistol in his right hand and sticking up the middle finger on his left hand, while another person, who is partially hidden, also brandishes a firearm.

The faces have been blurred at the request of police.

The faces have been blurred at the request of police.


The worrying images have surfaced in the wake of an assurance given by Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith yesterday that he would stop at no costs to rid the streets of illegal guns. Griffith’s declaration came in the wake of the discovery of four high-powered semi-automatic pistols in a consignment at the Bridgetown Port.

As a result of the find, 26-year-old Rico Antonio Greenidge of Free Hill, Black Rock, St Michael was detained last Friday after he attempted to clear the consignment, which also contained 1.8 kilogrammes of cannabis hidden in boxes of detergent.

Yesterday, Greenidge was remanded to HMP Dodds following his appearance in the District ‘A’ No. 1 Magistrate court where he was not required to plead to the indictable offences.

When contacted today, Public Relations Officer Acting Assistant Superintendent David Welch told Barbados TODAY he was surprised by news of the photographs, but described the development as “disturbing”.

“This is the first time I am being told about them.

“However, I will look into the matter to see what action needs to be taken . . . but certainly if what you are saying is true, this is quite disturbing,” he told Barbados TODAY.

Welch also disclosed that police had launched investigations into last Monday’s accident in which 16 students of the Daryll Jordan Secondary School were among 18 passengers on a ZR that overturned at Benthams, St Lucy.

The investigations follow the posting of a video on Facebook, which was allegedly taken moments before the vehicle crashed.

Barbados TODAY was unable to independent verify that the video was indeed of the February 2 crash and when contacted Principal of Daryll Jordan Stephen Jackman said he could not comment on the post. However, the 26-second clip clearly shows students of the St Lucy-based secondary school behaving in an unruly manner, shouting “bup bup bup” and “bap bap bap” to the sound of music, while egging on the driver, moments before the vehicle they were travelling in apparently overturned.

The video, shot by one of the passengers, ended abruptly in a crashing sound.

“We are aware of the video circulating. However, I cannot make a comment at this time as the accident is still under active investigation,” Welch told Barbados TODAY.

In the immediate aftermath of last week’s crash, one of the students admitted to feeling scared and being in shock but defended the ZR driver, saying, “He was just driving and this body pull in front of we and the man was trying to pull off and hit the embankment . . . He wasn’t driving fast, he was driving at the normal speed”.

While admitting that he had not yet seen the video, chairman of the Alliance of Owners of Public Service Vehicles Roy Raphael said he was aware of the development.

However, he lamented that while some reckless pubic service vehicle (PSV) operators were giving good PSV drivers a bad name, his organization was getting ready to award longstanding PSV drivers who had made an outstanding contribution.

16 Responses to Off mark

  1. Alex Alleyne February 11, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Now the Police who you are .

  2. Alex Alleyne February 11, 2016 at 10:46 pm


  3. Alex Alleyne February 11, 2016 at 10:49 pm


  4. Andrea BajanfromEaglehall Rock
    Andrea BajanfromEaglehall Rock February 11, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Y hide their faces? ?

  5. Justin Kunsurn C
    Justin Kunsurn C February 11, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Show the animals

  6. Nyoka Phillips-Blenman
    Nyoka Phillips-Blenman February 11, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Jeffrey Superfresh Brathwaite wa looka look

  7. Ryvan Bigman
    Ryvan Bigman February 11, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Are you serious, these youngsters don’t care who sees them, they don’t have any guidance. There one adult that failed in life with no job that controling their minds. These kids don’t care about police or prison. To answer your questions, these young people have no guidance

  8. seagul February 12, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Jah will be waiting there — a shout
    Jah will be waiting there!
    In this world of calamity
    Dirty looks and grudges and jealousy
    And police weh abuse dem authority
    Media clowns weh nuh know bout variety
    Single parents weh need some charity
    Youths weh need some love and prosperity
    Instead of broken dreams and tragedy
    By any plan and any means and strategy

  9. jrsmith February 12, 2016 at 7:03 am

    This is what it is, wanting to be like the black brothers in the USA, the Hood, and the ghetto mentality. Not only the young in Barbados carries the attitude as well, lots of parents , is behaving the same.. but DODDS awaits them all, our BPF will pick you all off one by one…
    For me our tactical police, would now be prepared to shoot on site, ask questions later, the low life, if they want to play hard ball, so mote it be…

  10. jrsmith February 12, 2016 at 7:12 am

    This is what I been saying, the use of cameras, on cell phones, the public in Barbados , can do a lot more gathering evidence to help our law enforcement.. real time evidence don’t lie.. this vehicle crash, and the bad behaviour, just change my mind as to feeling anything regarding the accident, shameful, leave it all to the BPF….

  11. jm February 12, 2016 at 11:36 am

    these are expensive burners.These probably came out the south(VA,SC or Fl)

    If this is the case, then three of these punks can easily out gun two cops on the beat. I don’t like this, I want to live and retire there in Bim one day. I don’t like this!

    I pray that the Lord keep you folks safe and the BIM police force as well.

  12. Tenroad February 12, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Guns and no shoes !

  13. Alex Alleyne February 12, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Sad thing about it is , these guys might just have the “funds” to hire the services of one of BDS fancy lawyers who will be happy to take it.

  14. Alex Alleyne February 12, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    I decided to take another bite at this . Are you all sure that this is BARBADOS ????.

  15. Addis February 13, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Hey I need a job to be the top cop in this little i land that would be good for me greate job for me

  16. Kingsley J Niles February 15, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Alex asked the question. Are you sure this is Barbados ???? My answer is this can’t be the Barbados that I grew-up in. What went wrong?


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