Target on Risk Road

Residents claim police harass them almost nightly

Residents of Risk Road, St James are claiming police harassment and are calling on their parliamentary representative Kerrie Symmonds to intervene on their behalf urgently.

They claim that over the past three weeks, police have visited the area almost nightly, harassing a group of young men they insisted are not troublemakers.

“We ain’t do not one thing so I don’t see why the police harassing we for nothing. All the things happening [in a nearby neighbourhood] and we getting blame for it, we getting beat bout for it and we getting we chairs mash up,” an upset Ramon Archer told Barbados TODAY.

“Every night them coming running we,” he said, as the residents claimed that police officers had destroyed a recreational area which was built for playing dominoes and hanging out in the area.

Another resident Antone Johnson said he could not understand why he and his neighbours could not hang out at nights and engage in wholesome activities without being disturbed by lawmen who find “nothing each time they come”.

Risk Road residents playing dominoes.
Risk Road residents playing dominoes.

“Everywhere ain’t no nice, nice place but I guess since down here got a bad name already them just saying that everything that happen in St James happening in Risk Road. I does be out here on a night with the boys playing dominoes and writing songs and quick so police coming,” he said.

“Them talking about them gine burn the crates and people saying you can’t do that and them saying them could do whatever they want because them name police.”

Johnson’s mother, Juliette Prescod, who also voiced her concerns, said the matter was one which has left the elderly and children shaken and disturbed.

She indicated that it has also interrupted her sleep at night.

“My son does be up here and I got family that does be up here playing dominoes and them don’t get into no trouble. I don’t think that it is fair to them. All it doing is got me on a night can’t sleep because you wondering what going to happen to your child. What them want them to go and do? Thief? Nothing ain’t happening down here; go where it happening,” Prescod insisted.

When contacted last week, Police Public Relations Officer Inspector David Welch said he had not received any reports about harassment. However, he promised to look into the matter.

When contacted again earlier today, he said the matter was still being investigated.

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8 Responses to Target on Risk Road

  1. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua September 17, 2014 at 9:36 am

    “When contacted last week, Police Public Relations Officer Inspector David Welch said he had not received any reports about harassment” all the residents have to do is have they cell phones cam on to record what is happening..they say seeing is believing…

  2. Lise Hansen
    Lise Hansen September 17, 2014 at 10:19 am

    sad …. I so hope that MY FRIENDS on that road will forever be safe …..

  3. Clare Seale
    Clare Seale September 17, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Smh this happening all bout.

  4. Chris Kinkaid
    Chris Kinkaid September 17, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Well somebody better snitch quick, drop a dime on a boy and get the criminals off the street so Five-O would ease off the heat.

  5. Rusty Ralph
    Rusty Ralph September 17, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    “Bad boys” don’t live anywhere in Barbados. There were 2murders in that vicinity recently. Last time there were disturbances in an area and police were making rounds, there were similar complaints of police harassment. Few days later one of the complainants was himself murdered. I believe the police should leave them alone and patrol areas where residents would welcome their presence.

    • Kerri-ann Katrina Reyes-Bichir
      Kerri-ann Katrina Reyes-Bichir September 17, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      They claiming harrassment and when I read the article all I get from it was that police are patrolling because of recent crime and tried to disperse men liming on the streets. But instead of thanking the police for actually doing their job, they pissed off. :/ people getting too weird for me!

    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley September 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Police are damned if they do their job and damned if they don’t , i would far rather see police keeping check on any area !

  6. Woodsgreene1 September 20, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Some of the residence of Risk Road know good enough why they don’t want the Police present in that area. The people feautured in this story claiming harrasment are dillusional.


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