Not me, ask Freundel

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite Tuesday deflected questions about recent allegations by a Grenadian family that they were humiliated by officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) last October after they were falsely accused by a store owner in Bridgetown of stealing a mobile phone.

Asked Tuesday morning to comment on the claims by the Gilbert family, Brathwaite said his knowledge of the matter was limited to snippets he had seen on social media, and the matter should instead be raised with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who has overall responsibility for immigration.

“Next time you see the Prime Minister, stop him and speak to him about that. I don’t know anything about it. I saw it on social media like you. That was a couple of days ago, not so? So I don’t know if it is true or otherwise,” Brathwaite said on his way to Parliament.

This notwithstanding, the state’s chief legal adviser questioned the veracity of the information from the Grenadians, who have sworn that they will never return to Barbados.

Tamika Gilbert and her sister Lynell, along with their mother, father and a cousin, none of whom want to be named, were here three months ago for a visit to the United States embassy to have their visas renewed, a process which they successfully completed early in the day.

With their flight home scheduled for late in the evening, they decided to go into Bridgetown for some shopping and to enjoy each other’s company, since they had never travelled as an entire family before, Tamika told Barbados TODAY last week.

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

Instead, “an excessive amount of police officers showed up at the scene”, some in plain clothes, others in reflective vest helmets and bullet proof vests, she charged.

The Gilbert family said they were later taken to a police station where Tamika and her sister say they 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, Tamika said, was when they were strip searched.

Brathwaite Tuesday sought to pour cold water on some of the allegations, questioning whether the RBPF had the type of riot gear described in the family’s account.

“You need to speak to police and immigration. That’s where you need to begin. I saw pictures of police in riot gear. We have that type of riot gear? . . . So from the time I saw that I stopped looking at it,” the Attorney General said.

The issue has erupted into a media firestorm in Grenada, with some Grenadians calling for a boycott of Barbadian goods and services.

While calling for cooler heads to prevail, Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has advised the Freundel Stuart administration that it may need to seriously rein in its law enforcement officers.

“The truth is watching it and listening to it, it doesn’t look well or doesn’t sound well at all, particularly given the need for continued deepening of the [Caribbean Community] family unit,” Mitchell told Barbados TODAY in an interview Monday.

“It seems to me that there might have been an over-reaction from a report, and if what I saw is true, the [Barbadian] police may have to examine their approach in a matter of this nature because, as it turns out, there may not be any basis for it from all reports I have heard.”

The RBPF said in a statement last Friday it would investigate the allegations and issue a press release upon completion of the probe. 
colvillemounsey@barbadostoday.bb

41 Responses to Not me, ask Freundel

  1. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn January 18, 2017 at 2:27 am

    Who over the police.The prime minister is in charge of the police force. I think that the AG suppose to investigate and then report to the prime minister.The commissioner is the first one who will investigate.

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  2. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba January 18, 2017 at 2:56 am

    BALAAM DONKEY HAS MORE SENSE THE THE 16 JACKASSES RUNNING THIS COUNTRY……I HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MUCH MISFITS, GOONS, RIFTRAFFS, INCOMPETENT, INEPT, DISGRACEFUL, DISTASTEFUL, ROTTEN TO DE CORE, DOWNGRADES RUN AH COUTRY….GOD LOOKING AT AND HEARING DEM, MAKE ME FEEL TO PUKE/VOMIT

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  3. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba January 18, 2017 at 3:06 am

    WHO THE BARBADOS GOVERNMENT LOOKING TO GIVE AWAY 10MILLION DOLLARS TO THE BCIC? I WISH BARBADOS UNDERGROUND WITH THE DOCUMENTS SHOW,WOULD ENLARGE THE WORDING

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  4. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba January 18, 2017 at 3:08 am

    WHEN ARE WE GOING TO GET RID OF THESE, HOG AN GOAT RACE THAT RUNNING THIS COUNTRY TO DE ABYSS?

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    • David Wyndoze
      David Wyndoze January 18, 2017 at 6:52 am

      When? next election. Not before

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba January 18, 2017 at 10:09 am

      DAVID I HOPE IT DON’T GET THERE….EVERYTHING WILL BE GONE BY THEN

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  5. Jan Hold
    Jan Hold January 18, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Yeah right he knows very well stupseeeee

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  6. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall January 18, 2017 at 5:22 am

    Joker you’re Attorney General

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  7. Hal Austin January 18, 2017 at 5:22 am

    I have always said that this attorney general does not know the extent of his remit. The assumption is that he is a lawyer therefore capable of being an AG.
    The issue in this case is not ‘immigration’, as he claims. Presumably the people were legally in the country. Therefore it is an AG matter.
    The problem is being arrested on suspicion of carrying out an arrestable offence of which, it appears, they were innocent.
    The arresting officers were police, and he is the minister responsible.
    Apart from the politics of offending our neighbours and fellow Caricom members, the bigger question is the heavy handed manner of the police. But this is the Barbados style.
    Proper action by the AG should include either suspending the senior officer, or at the very least restricting him/her to a desk job, while a full investigation is carried out.
    As for the family, they should take civil action against the store owner for defamation, seeking punitive damages for a false allegation.
    Where are our pro bono lawyers when you need them most?

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  8. Sue Donym January 18, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Something happened! Whether exact or exaggerated, there was an account publicised and ANY Attorney General worth his salt would have had a deep interest in such a story… and had the decency to say that it is being investigated or the confidence to say it’s untrue – not adopt such a callous attitude. Funny enough, the words of the Grenadian could refer to the AG: “The truth is watching it and listening to it, it doesn’t look well or doesn’t sound well at all…”

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  9. Sheldon Cox
    Sheldon Cox January 18, 2017 at 5:32 am

    An idiot is a hard days work

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  10. Jennifer January 18, 2017 at 5:49 am

    ALL OF THEM SLACK and a bunch of buck passers. Maybe do need a job description and chain of command set up.

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  11. Alex Alleyne January 18, 2017 at 5:54 am

    A great, well paying job where you don’t require a degree.

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  12. Santini More
    Santini More January 18, 2017 at 6:20 am

    The family from Grenada complaint is with their treatment by members of the RBPF. As the Attorney General with responsibility for the RBPF, why is the Adriel deflecting questions to the PM?

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    • Lennox Hewitt
      Lennox Hewitt January 18, 2017 at 6:26 am

      Cause he non crime fighting ag as the saying goes.

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  13. Danny Colombian Clarke
    Danny Colombian Clarke January 18, 2017 at 6:51 am

    So not one clown in the DLP circus going even perform for the paying public ? I want my money back .

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  14. BaJan boy January 18, 2017 at 7:06 am

    He continues to show us how dumb he is. I have been saying for years now he is an excuse for his position. He is more than poor RAKEY and like all the others pass the buck every time. It is not me ask David ask Denis, ask Frendel and none of then just ain’t got a clue.
    He is a total disgrace. The only thing he seems to know about the police force is the one he always up and down the road with. Disgraceful,disrespectful,arrogant misfit.

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  15. Louis Swann
    Louis Swann January 18, 2017 at 7:24 am

    These guys are professional “kick the can” and “pass de buck” athletes oh yeah and “jump de ship”, pros at this new event as well …they have olympic gold

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  16. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner January 18, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Not saying what these women said happen is true but instead of getting to bottom of issue before things spiral outta control this clown AG and the other clown DLP ministers just acting like nothing is a big deal.Do these clowns remember Myrie and what ended up happening after giving her the brush off.

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  17. ridiculous January 18, 2017 at 7:52 am

    ah wunda who d store owner iz? betcha he/she real sorry he/she int let security search d ppl bags. all dem cops? strip search fuh a cell phone. hope d grendians win and flatten d pockets if d powers dat be.

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  18. hcalndre January 18, 2017 at 7:52 am

    The AG and his coterie is a bunch of clueless misfits, look from top to bottom and tell me if any of them are doing the job that is required of the tittle. I find that some bajans are not very accommodating to people from the islands and even to their own that return to the island. Is t

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  19. Carson C Cadogan January 18, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Barbados’ worst AG ever.

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    • Peter January 18, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Carson C Cadogan. I don’t believe it. Is that you commenting that this is the worst AG ever in Barbados?

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  20. Haydee Bailey
    Haydee Bailey January 18, 2017 at 8:05 am

    What is wrong with these people in this island after a while bajans will not be welcome in any Caribbean Islands. You guys have too remember that people don’t forget

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  21. Peter January 18, 2017 at 8:14 am

    SWomeone from overseas remarked to me that more than likely, a few senior cops are on the payroll of that store owner. Kind of like paid protection. This happened in certain NYC areas by the Mafia and small business owners. It has now escalated to involve police protection but is usually quickly covered up. A some months ago a black guy died as he tried to sell cigarettes in front of a store. He died from lack of air caused by a police choke-hold. This is a police matter regarding suspicion of theft. Not an immigration matter involving illegal entry nor denyal of entry . Something here smells real sour.

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  22. Patricia V. Gaskin
    Patricia V. Gaskin January 18, 2017 at 8:47 am

    What a massive deflection by the AG. You are responsible for the Police Force, and what immigration has to do with it? You are a disgrace

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  23. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore January 18, 2017 at 8:57 am

    When I look at the two of them I’m thinking dumb & dumber. Sorry. Dumber & dumbest.

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  24. Bajan Sebastian
    Bajan Sebastian January 18, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Look how these people treating the affairs of the country with no common sense,I mean u could of simply say I’ll have to look into it,but wanna just continue to show the weak minds in government…

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  25. Oats Walton
    Oats Walton January 18, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I love Barbados lol . we need to treat human with respect because Bajans love to travel so do good to ppl.

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  26. Sean Chandler
    Sean Chandler January 18, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Bajans been hearing this for years from snivel servants -“the man that deals wid dat ain’t here today, you would have to call back next week”

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  27. David Carter
    David Carter January 18, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Once again we are reminded of what the old farmers used to say about grass not growing on infertile ground.. The ladies had an issue with the RBPF not Immigration..

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  28. lester January 18, 2017 at 10:04 am

    This AG want instant firing, the worst we ever had

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  29. David Hall January 18, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Its sad that the other side has retained a lawyer and the AG’s only response is that he only heard about it via social Media. I think as head of the R B P F he owes it to the country to follow up and make a complete assessment and investigation if necessary and only then make a public statement which does not include saying ask the PM.

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  30. Gearbox1964 January 18, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Brathwaite never know nuttin. Back when there were disputes between the then police commissioner(Darwin Dottin) and his deputy(Bertie Hinds) which was all over the news, Brathwaite claim he had no knowledge of that too. I keep saying that this current Administration never should have been given a second term in office…Barbados really paid the price for that huge mistake. I just waiting to see if Bajans as crazy as the Americans come next election. Please ring de bell Fundel!

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  31. hcalndre January 18, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Freundel int going to call no election until he feels like, on thing about barbados, the politicians run the show. Elections should have a fixed date every 5 yrs. It should not be left to one person to say when, is barbados run by dictators? it seems so because these elected few has no one to answer to.

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  32. Hal Austin January 18, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    What has the Opposition got to say abut this issue.

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  33. Adrian Hinds January 18, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Bajans in authoritative positions on the island lack manners. They are arrogant and if you aren’t somebody or “know” somebody you are likely to be treated with scant respect – all other bajans know this. Our police agents have been rude too and disrespectful of their fellow Barbadians for donkey years; don’t act like this is some anomaly.

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  34. harry turnover January 18, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Brathwaite Tuesday sought to pour cold water on SOME of the allegations, questioning whether the RBPF had the type of riot gear described in the family’s account.
    ” I saw pictures of police in riot gear. We have that type of riot gear? . . . So from the time I saw that I stopped looking at it,” the Attorney General said.”
    RIGHT ON Mr.AG !…..from the time I read it,I TOO said there were LIES among some half truths. Mr.AG and I bet if you had read the full article no doubt you would have poured more cold water on some more of what was said.
    …….but Mr.AG ,it is YOUR job to get to the bottom of it not Stuarts’.Hyatt already giving he gripe,now look wha you gone and do ?

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  35. Francis January 18, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    This AG is a joker!!
    Who ever heard of him before he ran
    for parliament? He was just a lawyer that no one
    Knew anything about.
    A serious issue like this he brushes off with
    a stupid respone!!
    Shame on you!! A disgrace to Barbados.

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  36. Helicopter(8P) January 19, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Why do the other family members who are individuals over the age of 18 and carry respective passports do not surrender their names?

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  37. Smiley January 20, 2017 at 8:56 am

    The video from this family in Grenada which was sensational and the reporter for Barbados Today interview have some questionable statements and inconsistencies so I don’t trust the Grenada family report on the matter as totally truthful.However I am embarrassed by the lack of representatives from our Government to defend our own police and have to be told by a bias PM of Grenada to fix our police force while brining up the Myrie case as a so-called proof that his people were wrongfully detained by 20 police officers wearing bullet-proof vest.PM YOU’RE A COWARD? AG ARE YOU A COWARD TOO? WILL TAXPAYER’S MONEY PAY THE PRICE TO HARRY TOM OR DICK WHO COME TO BARBADOS TO DO WRONG BLP SILENT ON THIS MATTER ALSO…HUMM

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