Strip searched

Grenadian family threatens to sue RBPF

The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) is facing a lawsuit by a Grenadian family who claimed to have been bullied and humiliated over a false accusation of stealing a mobile phone.

So degrading was their experience, the Gilbert family charged, that they swear never to visit Barbados again.

“We are at this stage where we would never go back to Barbados. Unless by sheer emergency or necessity, we are not going to come back,” Tamika Gilbert, one of the five-member family, told Barbados TODAY Friday evening in a telephone interview from St George’s.

“So that should tell you how bad we were feeling at the moment.”

Tamika and her sister Lynell, along with their mother, father and a cousin, none of whom want to be named, were here last October to visit the United States embassy to have their visas renewed.

Tamika Gilbert (left) with her sister Lynell (right) and their parents.

Having successfully completed their business early, they decided to go to Bridgetown for some shopping and to enjoy each other’s company, since they had never travelled as an entire family before, Tamika said.

The trip became a nightmare after a store owner accused the young women of stealing her mobile phone.

Confident of their innocence, they offered to have their bags searched by the storeowner, who turned down the offer and said she would check recordings from security cameras.

Instead, “an excessive amount of police officers showed up at the scene” and during a heated exchange with the store owner, they were threatened with arrest.

They were all taken to the police station and what happened there brought her to tears, Tamika told Barbados TODAY.

She said the two sisters and their cousin were virtually stripped of their dignity by the officers, who shouted at them, insulted them, prevented them from speaking to other family members, brought them water three hours after they had made a request, and had one sister use the toilet with the door opened and an officer standing guard.

However, the most humiliating experience, she said, was when they were strip-searched.

“I went to the bathroom and she [female police officer] is at the stall with her back to the door and she said, ‘take your hair down’ cause my hair is in braids and it was in a bun, then she says, ‘take off all your clothes stoop and cough’.

“I started to cry again . . . I and all my family may be subject to a strip search. She wasn’t even satisfied with how low I stooped.”

The sisters first made the incident public on a television programme in their homeland last night.

However, Tamika told Barbados TODAY she had relived the experience many times and she now understood what it felt like to be a “victim” of the Barbados police.

“I never thought something so humiliating and degrading could have happened to my family,” she said.

Since going public, she has received countless stories of similar experiences from Grenadians and non-Grenadines alike, Tamika said.

“Every five of of six persons who messaged us say, ‘I too had a similar bad Barbados experience’. It gets me angry that so many people would have gone through that and they didn’t say anything.

“They [the police] behave like they don’t want us to come, like we are not tourists. The police station that we went to, I was trying real hard to find an officer who was nice that day. And if that is how they are treating us as visitors – and they knew we are not from Barbados – that’s not good for the country at all,” she said, adding: “We have never taken a family trip when all four of us went out together, so Barbados will be a memorable experience for our family.”

Tamika explained that the reason it took them some three months to tell their story was because they had been trying to find a lawyer here to take their case.

Frustrated at the pace at which the process was moving, they turned to noted Grenadian attorney Ruggles Ferguson, who told Barbados TODAY the family would seek redress in the courts.

“Legal action is being pursued. There’s a team of Caribbean lawyers involved in this matter, we are discussing it and we will determine how to proceed,” Ferguson said via telephone.

The attorney was highly critical of the police here, saying they had acted illegally, and called for “these unlawful practices to stop”.

He also was complimentary of the sisters for making their experience public, contending they were doing so on behalf of those who had gone through similar experiences but were “too embarrassed to relate what happened to them”.

Tamika said a senior officer later apologized, stating “a lot of things that happen today would have been excessive and should not have happened”.

She added that the exclamation mark came when she was asked to amend her written statement, deleting her claim that they were subjected “to an embarrassing body search”.

Their attorney told Barbados TODAY this was unpardonable.

“They have gone through six hours in the station, forced to change their statement in the case of Tamika so they can leave the station . . . so there are deeper issues in this matter –– starting with treating people with respect,” Ferguson said.

“Therefore, it must not happen to another person.”

Source: (JJR)

110 Responses to Strip searched

  1. Sherene Drakes-Seales
    Sherene Drakes-Seales January 14, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Yes I agree!!.. This foolishness must stop!.. The unprofessionalism in execution of duty by some members of the local constabulary is abhorrent! Especially if they’re investigating a complaint made by one of their girlfriends or wives, or someone who they’re seeking to impress. Many of them have no respect for the average citizen furthermore our neighbouring brothers and sisters. This attitude is sickening then we often wonder why or Caribbean neighbours are no longer as welcoming towards us as they once were. These are people who always welcomed us with open arms whenever we visited their shores. Not any more tho. This police force needs a thorough shake up. Bahamas fired 13!.. Will that ever happen here? No foul deed, no act of excessive force, no form of abuse should ever go without thorough investigation and justifiable punishment. We will never learn. Day by day I’m sickened to my stomach by what my beloved Barbados has become. Yes family go ahead and sue them!! Take it all the way to the CCJ. These are decent people.

    • harry turnover January 14, 2017 at 7:18 am

      You can’t recognized a CONCOCTED story when you read one.?

      • Grenadian January 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm

        I recognize biasness here, let’s see if the moderator allow this post since all my other post seemed to have disappeared into ‘thin air’

        • harry turnover January 17, 2017 at 7:29 am

          Grenadian wha you complaining bout who is you ? I too have seen my posts disappeared into ‘ thin air”

      • wayne January 14, 2017 at 4:59 pm

        How are we supposed to recognize the concoction? Pleas explain, it’s persons like you that encourage and enable person entrusted with authority to abuse it. Wrong could never be right, authority should not be replaced by power

        • harry turnover January 17, 2017 at 7:26 am

          @ Wayne ….Why did they wait 3 months to report it ? do you believe their story that they couldn’t find a Lawyer and were FRUSTRATED and ONLY found one THREE MONTHS after?
          “Frustrated at the pace at which the process was moving”….WHAT process ? it couldn’t be in the process of finding a Lawyer BECAUSE she went on to say THEN
          they turned to noted Grenadian attorney Ruggles Ferguson ”
          She is speaking about HERSELF being strip searched …NOT a word about her SISTER being strip searched as well…YET she says ALL the time THEY being strip searched
          ….and do you not find it strange that after they said they were SUCCESSFUL in getting their visas renewed THREE months have passed and they are still in Grenada ??
          …and you telling me that with the so called MANY POLICE that were involved NOBODY had seen it fit to say something about it UNTIL NOW.
          Those as I see it are QUESTIONABLE big man.

          • Cheer January 17, 2017 at 11:01 am

            Are you serious? Do you really believe that as soon as someone gets a visa he/she heads to the US? Smh unbelievable that you could be so narrow minded in this day and age, most of us use our visa for vacation travel and these people went to renew their visa. Rather than pass judgement on whether or not what they’re saying is true, why not await the police side? I read on a news site that a police spokesperson said the matter was investigated last year but that they were going to take a second look at it. That statement sounded strange to me but I for one will await an official statement from the police before rushing to judgement.

          • harry turnover January 19, 2017 at 5:53 pm

            @ Cheer ….you and MOST people use your visas to travel during your vacation and I agree with that ..BUT. I can also say I and MOST people ALSO get visas or get them renewed and travel within a week.
            You are seeing it YOUR way ,but I am being accused of of being narrow minded in this day and age ONLY because I am seeing it ANOTHER way?
            Unbelievable that you can be so narrow minded in this day and age as to believe that YOU and MOST represent YOU and EVERYBODY else.
            Most…is the MAJORITY…not ALL….

  2. Shanika Clarke
    Shanika Clarke January 14, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Come out things

  3. Stevens Colin January 14, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Have the Barbadian police ever done what they did to these ladies, to people of European descent? Sure there were such incidents involving these people.
    It’s a real shame what miseducated black people do to each other.

  4. Blon D Mayers Trotman
    Blon D Mayers Trotman January 14, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Wow, check the smiles…

    • John Wick
      John Wick January 14, 2017 at 1:00 am

      What does that mean..

      • harry turnover January 14, 2017 at 7:21 am

        Maybe they are thinking that those smiles would take them all the way to the Bank.
        Read their story again with ” a fine teeth comb “and see if it all adds up.

        • Rhea January 14, 2017 at 8:39 am

          Shanique Myrie’s was a concocted story as well

          • harry turnover January 14, 2017 at 3:27 pm

            @ Rhea…..Of course it was a concocted story.You didn’t didn’t know that she was awarded damages BECAUSE she was DENIED entry according to the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas of which Bdos IS a signature to and NOT because of her CONCOCTED story about being STRIPPED SEARCH.
            Go back and read the case. Where is YOUR common sense . Your understanding of the English Language seems to be a stranger to you.

  5. Lennox Hewitt
    Lennox Hewitt January 14, 2017 at 12:39 am

    If it were me i would keep them talking and call the number then will no f there have it .

    • harry turnover January 14, 2017 at 7:35 am

      ….and wha the Embassy gine do.? wonder if they got their visas renewed ?

      • Rhea January 14, 2017 at 8:41 am

        Can’t you read, @Harry? “Having successfully completed their business early” Doesn’t this suggest they got their visa renewed? Where’s your common sense?

        • Grenadian January 14, 2017 at 11:58 am

          Rhea, ore and more I’m convinced that this ‘Harry Turnover’ character is either the woman who accused the Family of stealing the phone, one of the Officers who enjoyed strip searching those women or the Officer who asked them to amend their statement.

        • harry turnover January 14, 2017 at 4:01 pm

          @ Rhea….wha happened wid ya girl ? a man horn ya or wha ? you believe her and I don’t.So what exactly is your problem
          If you had any common sense you would have recognized that certain parts of her story DO NOT ADD UP.
          You believe that story about the strip search and I DON’T…….you believe her story about the visas and I was just ASKING if they really got them renewed .

  6. Lennox Hewitt
    Lennox Hewitt January 14, 2017 at 12:47 am

    I remember few years ago bout 15 years it happen at a well known restaurant in town a customer cell phone get stolen the owner ask someone to borrow there phone that someone take up her phone from counter and she call the number a worker at the restaurant had the phone n her pocket she steal the man phone now she get fired n job gone so all the mall lady had do call back number .

  7. Ed Sealy
    Ed Sealy January 14, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Why is Barbados keep treating our brothers and sisters from other Caribbean islands like sh.. but treat the white visitors like kings and queens? I’m sick and tired of hearing how badly they treat these people…Most of the time it’s over some dumb sh.. Stop it! Stop the madness!

    • harry turnover January 17, 2017 at 7:52 am

      You believe them too ? Shanique Myrie was found to be lying too and was ONLY awarded damages BECAUSE Bdos didn’t adhered to the Revise Treaty of Chaguaramas .

  8. John Wick
    John Wick January 14, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Sue them carry them out to all.

    • harry turnover January 14, 2017 at 7:25 am

      Who is” them” ..the Police or the sisters ? as if you don’t know the Police can also sue for FALSE ACCUSATIONS.

  9. John Wick
    John Wick January 14, 2017 at 1:00 am

    That store owner got too know a police

  10. John Wick
    John Wick January 14, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Call the us embassy and let them know

    • harry turnover January 14, 2017 at 7:44 am

      …and wha the Embassy gine do ?

      • wayne January 14, 2017 at 5:51 pm

        Take de headquarters out of barbados

        • harry turnover January 17, 2017 at 7:53 am

          …because of a concocted story ?…get real man !

  11. Maria Leclair Dasilva
    Maria Leclair Dasilva January 14, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Sounds like foolishness in the first place having more than one officer showing up over a cell phone.

  12. Pbdos Ciana Price
    Pbdos Ciana Price January 14, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Wonder why the store think they had the phone. Were they the only ones in the store at the time for her to go as far as calling police. Normally when you lose something you play it over in your head last you seen it and what took place

    • harry turnover January 14, 2017 at 7:43 am

      ….and how you know the store owner didn’t do that ? and how know that the phone was not passed on to a sixth member of that clan who promptly left the store ?

      • Grenadian January 14, 2017 at 11:46 am

        How do you know they stole the phone? For all you know you’re the dam woman responsible for putting this family through the humiliating experience.

        ‘Harry Turnover’ has the thought ever occurred to you that the accuser probably stole’s someone phone and raised the alarm so the person whose phone was stolen would look in their (the Grenadian family) direction?

        Three teens a murdered a Taxi Driver and they were led to Court by a 8 Police Officers, this family was accused of stealing a phone and was lead by 23 officers to the Station. That making any sense to you?

        • harry turnover January 17, 2017 at 8:10 am

          TWENTY THREE OFFICERS over a missing cell phone and that makes sense to you ?
          For all I know you could be the SAME woman that got all the talk.
          Grenadian… and could it have occurred to you that the phone could have been stolen by ANY MEMBER of the SO CALLED 5 member family and passed on to SOMEONE ELSE who probably went in another direction..probably out of the store.
          …and couldn’t it have occurred to you that was probably the REASON she was SO WILLING to have their bags SEARCHED ?

      • wayne January 14, 2017 at 5:58 pm

        How you know they did, ?

        • harry turnover January 17, 2017 at 7:58 am

          I NEVER said they did ? I asked a question which means that it could have been or couldn’t have been.

      • walker January 14, 2017 at 8:41 pm

        @harry….. wheres your common sense its a family that endured a traumatic experience in a place where they should not be treated like that. why would they make that up. Don’t insult your dignity by trying to defend wrong. its sad that u think that 2 girls in a foreign land with their parents (the father is a pastor) after just renewing your visa and shopping you decide to steal a Phone ….. and then make up a story hmmm are u one those police

        • harry turnover January 17, 2017 at 8:19 am

          @Walker….big man if you only knew the stories people make up it would make your head grow in ALL directions.
          You believe them BECAUSE they said so ..I don’t believe them and you asking me where is my common sense as though EVERYTHING people say one must believe.
          ….and because their father is a PASTOR…SO WHAT ?…shows the COMMON SENSE you have

  13. Melissa S Rollins
    Melissa S Rollins January 14, 2017 at 1:37 am

    This is embarrassing & shameful. Jamaicans already have an opinion, now Grenadians too?! All over a phone. Obviously the store owner has a business to run & theft of property is serious. But, really is there not a professional way to do things?! Senior officers really need to take this seriously & punish these officers so all know this not good enough! You are tarnishing the name of Barbados! You can understand use of force with violent crime murder,assualt etc. Why all the officers? Why the abusive language? The only way PROFESSIONALS could get a point across is by carrying like this? It hurt you to give a glass of water? All of this & was the phone recovered from these people? Barbadian police look like the retards in America & by default so does all of Barbados!
    Barbados is a tourist destinstion. Our neighbours can be tourist too. Money spent is still money whether it comes from London or St Lucia, whether the person comes for business or pleasure. But instead all these stories about immigration & now police will put people off.
    This has to stop not exceptable for locals or visitors.Taxpayers money now to be wasted on lawyers & settlement money!

    • harry turnover January 14, 2017 at 7:52 am

      Melissa…READ the story AGAIN. Don’t be so quick to say that what that family said was the gospel.
      I am not a Lawyer but it seems as though it was concocted to get back at BIM for something unpleasant that happened to them here….maybe their application at the Embassy was denied.
      Remember Donald Trump said he was going to tightened up on those visas.

      • wayne January 14, 2017 at 5:48 pm

        Looks like you is the one who carway de phone

    • waynedread January 14, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      The professional way is being endorsed by harry turnover or rockcake or whatever the police pimp call himself.

      • harry turnover January 17, 2017 at 9:14 am

        @ Wayne or waynedread or whatever you want to call yourself might be very well be the man that horned one of the sisters.

  14. ch January 14, 2017 at 1:41 am

    It’s natural for people and their lawyers to smile if they expect a big pay day from the Bajan taxpayers.
    What would a Bajan store owner gain by falsely accusing a visitor of theft?
    Why would any visitor to a foreign country engage in a ” heated exchange” in front of foreign police?
    Why wait for several months and a TV camera before seeking justice?
    Not one cent for this fiction.

    • Grenadian January 14, 2017 at 11:52 am

      ‘ch’ maybe you need to have a look at this TV program and see if there isn’t many similarities with past cases in Barbados where persons are always falsely accused lying, stealing or smuggling something

      Look at this TV program with the Sister’s giving their details

  15. Jay Gow
    Jay Gow January 14, 2017 at 2:06 am

    I wáss sayinggggg

  16. Annetta Paul
    Annetta Paul January 14, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Beautiful smiles. So sad this happened to them. Yes something needs to be done to fix this problem.

  17. Brewster January 14, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Something smells fishy here! Why wait 3 months. Before leaving a complaint was not made at their embassy? A load of police man-handling people in the City in a shop with CTV. We need some evidence here.

    • J. Payne January 14, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      The island of Grenada doesn’t have any embassy on Barbados. They apparently were going to the U.S. embassy/FBI compound in Barbados which is the main embassy for much of the Eastern Caribbean. For a next thing, most know when you apply for a U.S. Visa you don’t get it same time you have to keep going and coming in for appointments where you get interviewed and then they submit your visa for further review. They have to prove you have enough money in a bank account to support yourself and prove you have enough ties in your home country that would make you leave the USA at the time when your time is over. Etc.

      Lastly. The USA can’t build embassies in each island with security at each for cost reasons. This a photo of the huge US embassy near my home to give you some idea if you haven’t seen it:

      The USA isn’t going to build like 10 of those across the Caribbean.

  18. Loretta Griffith January 14, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Without being accused of insensitive, I too, questioned the long wait of three months to launch an official complaint. Something smells fishy! This should have been dealt with immediately.

  19. Loretta Griffith January 14, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Without being accused of insensitivity, I, too, questioned the long wait.

  20. harry turnover January 14, 2017 at 7:13 am

    A pack of LIES.Anytime wunna come back to BIM all ya WILL get arrested for FALSE ACCUSATIONS…..wunna better don’t come back.
    Sometime back a Dominican University student also made FALSE ACCUSATIONS of being ROBBED in the precincts of the Cave Hill Campus and when all was said and done she was found to be LYING BIG TIME……ONLY because she had failed her Exams…..anytime she comes back to BIM,the Police gine ” down hands pun she ”
    Some people on this blog just believe ANYTHING they read WITHOUT looking in DETAIL what was said.
    ” I never thought something so humiliating and degrading could have happened to my family,” she said…….YET wunna waited THREE friggin months instead of the NEXT DAY…..because wunna couldn’t get a LAWYER on a matter SO HUMILIATING and DEGRADING ?..or wunna waited THREE months to concoct a story
    However, the most humiliating experience, she said, was when they were strip-searched…..YET ONLY SHE said what the Female Officer asked her to do…what about the others ? or are you the SPOKES LIAR of the group ?
    I don’t believe a WORD wunna Grenadians saying tell that story to the remnants of the mongoose gang

  21. jrsmith January 14, 2017 at 7:17 am

    @, Brewster , hail,hail, on the button , (CC -TV ) evidence you cant beat it , so lets see that…..
    Saying that we in barbados is so backward when it comes to the simplest technology, we need cameras everywhere ..
    Blame our problems on our politicians, we have become a tin pot country…. West Indians is deported from ,(US) , (Canada) and the UK every month, most of them are treated very inhumane but no threats ever come from any one to sue any of the big countries…
    Dont bajan people seeing whats happening they are all ganging on us , but blame our politicians , their are the ones who is destroying our Barbados, they are a bunch of useless wankers…….

  22. boogie January 14, 2017 at 7:26 am

    U all that crying down the force did u kno for sure it happened?

  23. Frank White January 14, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Long wait means nothing, did the incident happened or not, that’s the question. Barbadian police for far too long have been getting away with this foolishness and it must stop. The people have a right to smile regardless of what they’re smiling about. A strong message must be sent to the RBPF that they are not beyond reproach. How many cases here in Barbados where the police was accused of behavior that was unbecoming of a police officer?? As long as the police keep engaging in this action, sue them. You wouldn’t be so objective of it if it had happen to you or anyone that you cared about.

    • harry turnover January 14, 2017 at 8:04 am

      You should have ended your comment at the end of your FIRST sentence.
      ….because you go on to implicate the Police in this matter.

      • Lisa Moe January 15, 2017 at 7:10 am

        @Harry Turnover you must be a police tho…. why u so defensive? If the Police in Barbados does treat citizens so how do you think they treat the poor ppl. Only thing them probably didnt do was beat them with phone books and spray bop in black garbage bags and put over the ppl head. Justice is a must!

        • harry turnover January 17, 2017 at 8:37 am

          Lisa Moe you saying that I am being DEFENSIVE ? if you and others don’t see the discrepancies in what they are saying don’t say I am being defensive.
          You believe them and I don’t. I give my reasons and you just believe them.
          I ask you the same question WHY U SO DEFENSIVE ?

    • Grenadian January 14, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Amen ‘Frank White’ best response I’ve read regarding this matter. For what it’s worth, here’s the full TV program as the sisters recounted their humiliating ordeal

  24. Carson C Cadogan January 14, 2017 at 8:05 am

    They were treated just just like how Bajans are treated.

    The behavior of civil servants in A lot of these Govt. institutions leave a lot to desired.

    I thought we had learned our lesson following the disgusting Myrie episode, but now I see that we have not. I applaud their action in suing the RBPF.

    • harry turnover January 14, 2017 at 8:08 am

      CCC as a devout DEM,you should be ashamed of those three paragraphs.

  25. Rhea January 14, 2017 at 8:47 am

    To those of you questioning the smiles, has it not occurred to you that, this being a family picture, it might have been taken before the incident?
    Those asking why it too so long, here is what the story said. “Tamika explained that the reason it took them some three months to tell their story was because they had been trying to find a lawyer here to take their case. Frustrated at the pace at which the process was moving, they turned to noted Grenadian attorney Ruggles Ferguson”

    • harry turnover January 14, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      They could have taken a picture AFTER they left the Police Station or at some other time when they returned to Grenada.I am sure you wouldn’t have seen a picture of them SKINNING DA TEET….it would have been a picture of a family that was HUMILIATED…where is your COMMON SENSE ?
      …and she DID NOT have to have a Lawyer BEFORE she said anything. She could have told her story the next day if as she said she felt so bad about the situation and then try to contact a Lawyer to see if a case could have been made for her….AGAIN WHERE IS YOUR COMMON SENSE ???

  26. Greengiant January 14, 2017 at 9:12 am

    CCC and Harry this kind of allegation was happening since I was a child, probably even before my time. We still don’t know what actually took place so I won’t move to judge our RBPF personnel.

    What I will say however is that we need to move towards recorded interrogations as should have happened long ago. There’s been much debate by the legal fraternity in and outside the walls of parliament with little or no progress. While we suffer from these alleged situations on a continuous basis. Again I will ask. Why do we continue to give lawyers our vote, or elect legally laden governments when we still don’t get simple legislation changes.

    The latest joining is my friend Ralph, like Simms years ago with a spouse in the high court with their husbands in political positions. I’m not questioning the integrity of brother Ralph, I’m simply saying these are things that shouldn’t be permitted in a small developing space like ours. We the People have to be concerned and in tune with structural issues in our country, form pressure groups, educate those less aware than we are, and demand change. It’s this or let our offspring be marginalised and treated as our fore parents were.

    • Donild Trimp January 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Greengiant, would this part be recorded?

      ‘take off all your clothes stoop and cough’.

      Just asking.

  27. mary January 14, 2017 at 9:16 am

    RBPF has a job to do….if you all can’t adhere to the laws..DO NOT COME…America does it……I bet you won’t try suing them…

  28. Giselle January 14, 2017 at 9:30 am

    There is a lot of back and forth here as to whether this occurred. Have a look at a live interview on a Grenadian TV programme with the women concerned. Judge yourself the veracity of their stories. We know them to be upstanding members of our community. But of course no one knows them in Barbados. I do wonder if they were two white sisters from London if things would have been dealt with differently.

    • harry turnover January 17, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Giselle I not only looked at the video ,I read what they said.It might seem genuine to you and others BUT NOT to me BECAUSE some of what they said simply DOES NOT ADD UP
      Look they SLIPPED up in some of what they said which you might have missed or ignored in your effort to cast blame on the Bajan Police.
      …..but rest assured…it won’t slip a Lawyer.

  29. jrsmith January 14, 2017 at 9:31 am

    BLAME OUR POLITICIANS , FOR EVERYTHING WHICH COMES TO NOTHING , THEY CANT MANAGE BARBADOS AND YOU CANT TRUST ANY OF THEM…….They have been elected to destroy our island , they show no interest what soever in doing anything for our people………………………………..

  30. Anthony durant January 14, 2017 at 9:40 am

    The police acted like senseless and stupid without thoight. I am sure if it was a white family it would have handle differently. having said that the store owner cant acused customers of stealing unless they catch them stealing . the person to sue in the owner ….

    • Donild Trimp January 14, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Right on Anthony, you are absolutely correct on both points.

    • harry turnover January 17, 2017 at 8:55 am

      @Anthony Durant…and you too have acted stupid without thought …..blaming the Police WITHOUT REASON.

  31. Loretta Griffith January 14, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Contrary to what you may say Frank White, matters like these should be dealt with pronto. I never condoned police foolishness as you called it, but felt in the interest of fairness and objectivity we leave nothing to be second guessed. The element of doubt should never be allowed to interfere with rational judgement.
    I am also sure the hierarchy of the force would not condone such behaviour and will get to the bottom of it with utmost haste.

  32. Loretta Griffith January 14, 2017 at 10:38 am

    It is my honest feeling that a lot of these people can’t wait to make us the laughing stock and would do anything to pull us down; like how they are rejoicing that we are facing these economic struggles. That is why I become so annoyed when I see persons who do not speak like us using lower broad street as a Cambio or a bank for the purchasing of our limited FOREIGN EXCHANGE. Mind you, I am not saying this happened with this case, but we must be ever vigilant.
    In the interest of all that is fair and just, I hope truth prevails.

  33. Kareeem January 14, 2017 at 10:47 am

    This same situation I was in last year but I will make sure it ends in my favour. .Only the opps

  34. Mark My Word January 14, 2017 at 10:59 am

    The Reverend Royston Gilbert won’t send his family to Barbados to thief a phone, sue the PoPo and thee store owner.

    • harry turnover January 17, 2017 at 11:41 am

      He didn’t SEND his family…HE CAME WITH THEM….lock up ALL AH DEM !!

  35. Carls January 14, 2017 at 11:14 am

    The bajans that saying this story fishy need help…

    • harry turnover January 17, 2017 at 8:58 am

      @ Carla…..the Grenadians that believe this story need help.

  36. Wendy Harris January 14, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I am a bajan born and raised in barbados, If in fact this story is the truth I hope they sue the sh.. out of them. If this was a so called white person this would NEVER have happened.

  37. Carson C Cadogan January 14, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I hope they win their case in Court.

    This foolishness must stop.

  38. Carson C Cadogan January 14, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    First Myrie, then other numerous complaints, which are still being “investigated” after long periods of time, now these Grenadians.

    The Govt. through its various Tourism agencies is going all out to increase visitor arrivals to this country from the Caribbean and further afield. To have visitors come to Barbados and then be treated like garbage by other state agents, the Police, Customs, Immigration, is just not right.

    It is also having a deleterious effect on our Treasury as well as we have to be constantly paying people who were wronged by these state agents.

    I wish them all the best with their Law suit.

  39. antionette sealy January 14, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Unfortunately Carson, I can’t agree with you. I am a woman first, a Barbadian secondly and a law abiding citizen thirdly. Are you saying that women must not undergo the search which the Royal Barbados Police Force conducted? If you read the daily newspapers, you would see that similar tests have resulted in items recovered after they are hidden in all parts of women’s bodies. What kind of search do you suggest that women be given when they are suspected of theft?

  40. Carson C Cadogan January 14, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    It would be easy to focus on the strip search. I am sure none of you on this thread has ever undergone the indignity of a strip search and then to back it up nothing is found.

    When it happens to you let me know how you feel.

    But that is not all, “……She said the two sisters and their cousin were virtually stripped of their dignity by the officers, who shouted at them, insulted them, prevented them from speaking to other family members, brought them water three hours after they had made a request, and had one sister use the toilet with the door opened and an officer standing guard.” REALLY NICE POLICE WORK INDEED!!!!!!

    And the thing is that these are BLACK Policemen and women mistreating other BLACK people like themselves. If these were WHITE people this would never have happen.

    One section of Govt. working very hard to encourage visitors to the Country and another section working EQUALLY hard to discourage visitors.

    I am very sure they will not be coming back to Barbados, until the Court case, or be encouraging anyone else to do so.

  41. Carson C Cadogan January 14, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    BTW, was the stupid phone ever found?

    I am only noticing how elated everyone is at the disgusting treatment meted out to these poor BLACK WOMEN!!!!

    • harry turnover January 14, 2017 at 6:45 pm

      What TREATMENT Carson C Cadogan ? I can’t blame you and others if wunna can’t spot the lies in between some truths it is just unfortunate,but they ARE there.

      • Carson C Cadogan January 14, 2017 at 7:47 pm

        “What TREATMENT Carson C Cadogan ?”

        Harry, oh yes they are only BLACK WOMEN who the hell cares what happen to them.

        They probably ask for it, right Harry?

        • harry turnover January 14, 2017 at 8:42 pm

          What happened to them ? looks as though you can be EASILY FOOLED by a woman.
          You doan know when somebody telling lies in between some truths ?
          How come you now hearing bout this 3 months after ? how come it is now getting published 3 months after?
          how come nobody noticed and commented about the many Police in riot gear and big guns ?
          Carson C Cadogan if a yard fowl was spotted running down Broad Street with a paling cock in hot pursuit SOMEBODY with a cell phone would have recorded and posted it.

  42. Nathaniel Samuels January 14, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Whether true or not, can we afford such negative advertisement of our country? We need to have proper procedures in place so that we can categorically deny, with proof, such unwanted negative advertisement.
    It is also possible that our RBPF acted in a very unprofessional way so let us not jump to conclusions. In any case, there are too many cases of mistreatment of and to our Caribbean brothers and sisters for us not to be concerned.

  43. Jennifer January 14, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    The police, politicians, judiciary are all working with the same guard dog, and scooby doo mentality in which they were trained to carryout. While they collect a scooby snack. But who are they guarding and who will suffer the bite???? The more things change the more they remain the same.

  44. wayne January 14, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    You are telling the truth, until it’s proven to be a lie. You are innocent till you are proven guilty

  45. One love January 14, 2017 at 5:59 pm


    • harry turnover January 14, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      Exactly One Love and to add …I haven’t heard ANYBODY talking about it and we got self haters bout hey believing it.
      Note too those people are saying it that it HAPPENED IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR.
      Furthermore ..THREE months after they say their visas were renewed they ARE STILL IN GRENADA…wha them en got jobs in the States to go to ?

      • Cheer January 17, 2017 at 12:16 pm

        Are you really that stupid? Is it possible that they’re in Grenada 2 months after renewing their visa because they have jobs in Grenada and are working? Are all visa applicants looking to go work in the US? I’ve been following your posts trying to keep an open mind until I read this last one, are people truly this backward to think that all OECS nationals who visit Barbados for a visa are heading to the US for jobs? Smh!

  46. Dominijan5050 January 14, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Why after 3 months. That should have been reported to the media on leaving the station.

  47. Antionette Sealy January 14, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I would like to congratulate the Royal Barbados Police Force for the good work they are doing. Just read the daily newspapers and you would see the number of criminals who pass drugs at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Just because a person is a Caribbean national, must RBPB search their handbags and set them free? Just because a person is black, must the RBPB refuse to search them? Just because it is a woman , her private parts should not be investigated. Please let me refresh your memory of an incident which took place only 9 months ago. I hope the Barbados Government stands up for the RBPF and provide them with the best possible team of lawyers to defend them against these hear-say allegations.

    A 32-year-old Surinamese woman is facing the court in Barbados after being caught trying to smuggle cannabis and cocaine into the island – some of which he hid in her private parts.

    Nadhira Gautamie Echteld has been slapped with eight charges – possession of two kilos of cannabis, possession of one kilo of cocaine, possession of cannabis with intent to supply, possession of cocaine with intent to supply, trafficking cannabis, trafficking cocaine, importation of cannabis and importation of cocaine.

    She arrived at the Grantley Adamas International Airport on Sunday, and when her luggage was searched by Customs officers, two packages of cannabis were found.

    Echteld was taken to the hospital where a package of cocaine was retrieved from her vagina. She subsequently passed out 22 packages of cocaine that she had ingested.

    The Surinamese woman appeared in court yesterday and was remanded to prison.

  48. Antionette Sealy January 14, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    I cannot use url”s as references because they will not be published. However I would like readers to use the Internet to see the cases daily where women hide objects in their private parts. Barbados Police Force gets information from INTERPOL updating them on criminal trends worldwide. Why are we so quick to blame our own Police for falling in line with the methods used by other security agents worldwide? Here is a clip from an article carried by Huffington Post some time ago.

    When it comes to hiding contraband on your body, women have a major physiological edge over men — an extra hiding spot.

    Police have accused some women of using their sex organs to store marijuana, meth, pipes, loaded pistols and other contraband.

  49. Bruno Alexander January 15, 2017 at 1:33 am

    That report of the inhumane treatment meted out to that innocent Grenadian family incenses me.. But then I’m called to remember that Barbados likes to be known as ‘Little England’ . .And England (UK) is the Beast of The Book Of Revelation which ‘rise up out of the sea’. Add that to the spirit of policing the world over, and therein you have your solace. I hope though that they get some kind of redress in the court as some form of temporary eàrth measurre.
    Bruno Àlexànder …… Trinidad

    • harry turnover January 17, 2017 at 9:05 am

      @ Bruno…how you can say they are INNOCENT when you don’t know what went on

  50. Licious January 15, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Android phones come wid trackin so u can track ur phone n c were it is

  51. antionette sealy January 15, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    @Bruno Alexander
    We are all in the same boat my friend. T&T reporting 16 deaths in 15 days. Our acts must be cleaned up by the police. Support them. Don’t criticize them. shop-lifting and stealing are prevalent in Barbados and the crimes are carried out by both nationals and non-nationals. Some of the criminals will be caught while others will escape.

  52. Carson C Cadogan January 15, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Can anyone answer this question for me?

    Was the phone ever found on anyone of these Ladies?

    You all seem to believe that the end justifies the means.

  53. Carson C Cadogan January 15, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    “A Ghanaian man with limited English forced to stand naked from the waist down after three Toronto officers performed an unlawful public strip search in broad daylight.

    A Toronto beat cop testifying in court that he strip searched “hundreds” of people naked, wrongly believing it was standard procedure.

    An unconstitutional search by an officer who forced a man to drop his pants, prompting an Ontario judge to call out “troubling systemic issues” with strip searches at one Toronto police division.

    Despite a 15-year-old Supreme Court ruling declaring strip searches “inherently humiliating and degrading” and setting strict limits on when they can be performed, unlawful strip searches continue in Ontario — prompting tossed criminal charges, civil lawsuits and complaints to the province’s police watchdogs.”

  54. anthony durant January 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Some people saying if they were from europe the police wouldnt have treated them so … true thing.
    But i can bet if the same thing had hsppenned to them in europe they wouldnt say a word.
    We have to make and effort to treat everyone equal otherwise trouble will always be about here.

  55. Narcissus January 16, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Seriously!!!! When ever did anyone here heard about police being out in bullet proof vest and nuff gear for a reported theft? Were they going to a raid? I don’t buy this whole story…and in this day and age in Barbados nobody ain’t get this on video the amount of police “claimed” to have responded to this matter. Wake up. Every lil thing happen here does get catch on somebody cell phone and this is the first we hearing about it….hmmmmm

  56. Helicopter(8P) January 17, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Falsification of public documents is definitely an abuse mistrust and criminal. I pray for your careers in the public service. The ax will fall.

  57. just saying January 18, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Yes this story seems like a concoction. Certainly with police in riot gear and all just for a cell phone not being the norm, somebody got to have it recorded on a cell phone. Bajans does record everything. Does anybody remember any hue and cry about such an incident three months ago? Hmmmm … just saying


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