Dead cop’s brother wants stiff penalties

The brother of Station Sergeant Clifford Sherlock Bridgeman, who Sunday evening became the island’s 14th road fatality for the year, is calling for stiff punishment for the person responsible for the officer’s death.

The 49-year-old Bridgeman, of #4B Church Village, St Philip, died at the scene following a five-vehicle smash up, which occurred on Carrington Road, at its injunction with Edgecumbe Hill, St Philip around 6 p.m. Sunday evening.

According to police, Bridgeman was the front seat passenger in a stationary police vehicle that was hit by a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Tre Murray of Spring Hall, St Lucy.

Murray had attempted to overtake a number of vehicles along the road and apparently struck three cars in the process.

Bridgeman’s brother Anderson Holder promptly arrived at the scene after he got news of the accident.

Anderson Holder

Overcome with a combination of grief and anger, Holder told Barbados TODAY the penalty for causing his brother’s death must be severe.

“I don’t believe my brother should have died so . . . [on] his job and I feel . . . that the man that do it should pay more than a double penalty for it,” he said.

Holder also complained about speeding and those who “can’t steer a car at high speed, you are looking to kill people”.

“You want to do 100 miles an hour and turn a foolish corner and kill my brother for noots [nothing],” he said.

The death of the station sergeant, who was responsible for the Criminal Investigation Department in the southern division, has left the entire Church Village community in shock.

When Barbados TODAY visited the residence he shared with his son and partner, neighbours said Bridgeman’s death was a blow to the community.

A respected and well-liked member of the community, the policeman was fondly remembered as a nice and amiable family man, who was frequently seen playing with his son.

The tragedy has also rocked the officer’s colleagues at the Royal Barbados Police Force, some of whom underwent counselling Monday.

69 Responses to Dead cop’s brother wants stiff penalties

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince March 28, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Yes the kid has to pay …

  2. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward March 28, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Hmmm i still cant get over the amount of cars he overtake doa. Well well, what he think it is doa? Charge for murder and reckless driving, I know you got to be sorry now. Some of these drivers dont care about other drivers or pedestrians at all. Smh this is super sad hear hmmm.

    • Kami Dan
      Kami Dan March 28, 2017 at 6:56 am

      I dont kno why when ppl go an watch cars racin r waever them does leave like if them in a race stupse i wonder how he an he friends that was flyin that night feel

    • Ashanda Coward
      Ashanda Coward March 28, 2017 at 7:04 am

      Me too.

  3. Katrina P Lewis
    Katrina P Lewis March 28, 2017 at 1:03 am

    But the question is did he hit the police jeep while it was stationery at the junction or did the Jeep move off and got struck by the overtaking car.

    • Kim Ramsay
      Kim Ramsay March 28, 2017 at 1:53 am

      The question is why was he overtaking so many vehicles at top speed. Recipe for disaster.

    • Keshia Haynes
      Keshia Haynes March 28, 2017 at 5:58 am

      In a corner too!!!!!! Like why the ass you gonna overtake vehicles in a corner, a dangerous corner!!!!! Common sense should tell you to overtake on a straight road where you can see but seems like common sense should be referred to as rare sense now

      • Valdine Turton March 28, 2017 at 4:09 pm

        I agree, I drive in America me and a lot of drivers does got it for the foolishness they do, sometimes a pedestrian crossing especially a little child they can’t see in front of me and if I stop to let them go they blowing horn as if I should go and don’t let the person pass. I does blow back at them dumb ass, then they realize a child or old person step down to cross and they do have the right of way to cross, some people should not have license. God comfort the families, friends, and the work families of Mr. Bridgeman a valuable life gone too soon.

    • Mike Baje
      Mike Baje March 28, 2017 at 6:36 am

      but the question is still ‘ did the jeep exit the junction in the path of the oncoming vehicle’. not that it excuses his reckless driving.

      • Christopher March 28, 2017 at 7:43 pm

        Read the article again. It says that the police vehicle was stationary.

    • Katrina P Lewis
      Katrina P Lewis March 28, 2017 at 7:44 am

      The youngster is an idiot yes but does he hold all or part of the blame? Could it be that the driver of the jeep was not paying attention

      • Renaldo March 28, 2017 at 11:13 pm

        Go back and read the article again and u would see they said he was the front seat passenger in a stationery vehicle …… also how can u avoid an air Bourne object ! Do u no that after hitting the other vehicles he went air Bourne and crashed in the keep that was stationery and flipped over the van

    • Paul Forde
      Paul Forde March 28, 2017 at 7:45 am

      No he was at the junction stationary waiting to come out. The driver of the 350Z was overtaking many cars behind other guys who were racing, however an oncoming car made that move impossible so he then hit two or three other cars in a wedge, however, because he was driving so fast the car was out of control and hit the police car at the junction. (The junction is just after a left corner) The 350z then rolled into the ditch (Which probably saved him). The policeman that died was in the passenger seat which was in direct contact with that 350Z.

    • Katrina P Lewis
      Katrina P Lewis March 28, 2017 at 7:46 am


  4. Tamina Darkies
    Tamina Darkies March 28, 2017 at 1:03 am

    I agree with Mr.Holder

  5. Jenilee Sugarbaby Layne
    Jenilee Sugarbaby Layne March 28, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Them does gt on like them pon bushy park rd no them to stp race on de rds taken innocent lifes foolishly

  6. Mia Blackman
    Mia Blackman March 28, 2017 at 2:24 am

    my condolences to this man’s family. Idk them But it hurt me cuz his life was take thru ignorance , recklessness.he really didn’t deserve to die tht way, he did nothing. :””

  7. Carlos O
    Carlos O'Brien March 28, 2017 at 3:00 am

    Something needs to be done with this youngster to send a sharp serious message to others like him that you can no longer do recklessness and get off with a slap on the wrist. No matter what high priced lawyer his family can afford the prosecution should seek the maximum penalty.

    • Paulette Noel
      Paulette Noel March 28, 2017 at 6:45 am

      He want charging for murder

    • Jack Ryan
      Jack Ryan March 28, 2017 at 7:42 am

      one of his punishments should be to work from prison to help send school that Man’s child

  8. Carlitha Andrews
    Carlitha Andrews March 28, 2017 at 3:39 am

    I agree totally

  9. Bajan March 28, 2017 at 4:09 am

    Condolences to the family and friends of Station Sergeant Bridgeman, an outstanding Officer and a Gentleman, a good man and a true protector of the people. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

  10. Melissa Redman
    Melissa Redman March 28, 2017 at 4:22 am

    My condolences to his family

  11. Alexandria Callender
    Alexandria Callender March 28, 2017 at 4:40 am

    The thing that gets to me tho is that when these idiots drive recklessly and crash they don’t ever kill themselves them does always end some innocent person’s life. Usually the provider of the family or some young person that had a promising future.

  12. The Elephant March 28, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Whether you like it or not, you’re forced to come to the realization that death is out there. believe when it’s your time, that’s it. It’s the hand you’re dealt.

    Sadly, Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs. This shall be interesting to see how “justice” is reserved for some but not for all. I pray for the unadulterated truth to prevail in this matter and the young one who stands to face societal death acquitted like many before him.

    However, in jungle justice, “the law” is never on your side.

  13. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn March 28, 2017 at 5:11 am

    I can’t just jump to conclusion. Fist think the police have to invitagate to see who wrong from right.

    • Harmony Chinue
      Harmony Chinue March 28, 2017 at 6:29 am

      This is sarcasm?

    • Angus Benn
      Angus Benn March 28, 2017 at 6:58 am

      Why you said is not is telling me their and then that the police dead right. I was not on the scene to see what happens

    • Paul Forde
      Paul Forde March 28, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Angus Benn Well there were witnesses that gave a report that stated that the 350Z and his friends who were racing were dead wrong. That is a given conclusion. How is a stationary police vehicle be wrong for waiting at a junction?

  14. jrsmith March 28, 2017 at 5:16 am

    @, The Elephant , hail, hail, what world are you living in what stupidness , this (Police OFFICER) was doing his lawful business , this low life killed him, if it was one of your family you would come out with so much rubbish………………….

  15. jrsmith March 28, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Condolences to the (Officers ) family….. will make sure i am in barbados to pay my respect at his funeral……………..

    • The Elephant March 28, 2017 at 5:55 am

      Simmer [@jrsmith], how much different will be your fate. Clearly, you are a merciless wolf. However, the “low life” remains consciously alive, though I’m sure you wish him dead…unless he was next of kin would you sacrifice him then?

      If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions.

  16. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall March 28, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Some of these drivers have no patience in driving. When they. Hurt or kill you it’s hell for the Insurance to compensate you and the family. Another family rob of a love one.

    • Sheena Sunshine
      Sheena Sunshine March 28, 2017 at 6:10 am

      Every charge under the vehicle accident act he should be given for each person he hit then manslaughter for the officer. Absolutely no amount of excuse can be given for his ignorance displayed

  17. Zabeeda Alli Abdool
    Zabeeda Alli Abdool March 28, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Really sad…

  18. Charles Vanvieldt
    Charles Vanvieldt March 28, 2017 at 6:22 am

    I bet he get bail, we court system mess up

  19. Greengiant March 28, 2017 at 6:40 am

    They can’t change the punishment on the statute books now. The two leading parties have been sparring like two overweight, tired and desperate boxers in parliament since the year began.

    These accidents have been ongoing, but no one has proposed a motion to debate the increase of sentences for motor manslaughter or causing death by dangerous driving. They’re both more focused on an election that’s over twelve months away. Many more lives can be lost by then. They’ve been talking about pot holes and lack of lighting destroyed by the very irresponsible drivers, instead of the drivers themselves.

    These people lack the ability to provide the solutions needed to revive this country and take it forward.

  20. fedup March 28, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Angus Benn int know wuh tuh say. Steupse.

  21. Carolyn Gill Humphrey
    Carolyn Gill Humphrey March 28, 2017 at 6:43 am

    If you are overtaking that many cars at one time you are spending a significant amount of time driving in the wrong lane. This has the potential to mess up all kinds of other vehicles who would not be expecting you to be there. Plus, your speed would have to be significant enough that a driver pulling out into that lane could conceivably not even see you in time to avoid an accident. No matter what the police officer (may he RIP) was doing, I think all or most of the responsibility for this accident would have to lie with the overtaker.

  22. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan March 28, 2017 at 6:50 am

    It is very sad that that one of their own lost their life in this manner, but if the traffic laws were enforced we would not be mourning the death of the officer today. I have all the respect for the police force and the work that they do, however, it is a very unthankful job by the public who has no respect for the policemen and women in this country until something happens to them that affects them. They work hard and are not commence rated enough for putting their lives in danger in protecting the same people that are always stopping them from doing their jobs. I sincerely hope that this would be an eye opener and that the laws will be enforced regardless as to who it is that is breaking the law. We need our country back! My condolences to Sergeant Bridgeman, the police force and his family and may he rest in peace.

  23. Cassandra Gittens
    Cassandra Gittens March 28, 2017 at 7:04 am

    I don’t even know what to say he needs to be put in jail for the rest of his life

  24. Pee Parris
    Pee Parris March 28, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Stiffer penalties must be implemented, 23 years old and no regards for human life, I agree with you wholeheartedly!

  25. Taurus Bull
    Taurus Bull March 28, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Overtaking on the outside of a curve or corner is always dangerous especially when it is blind to you. He will be thought a serious lesson for sure.

  26. Dave Person
    Dave Person March 28, 2017 at 7:26 am

    The driver made a mistake. He probably tought he could of drive. Should of take it to the track…wait…
    There is no track for that is there.

  27. Dave Person
    Dave Person March 28, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Ban all cars that can go over 60.

    • Kevin St. Hill March 28, 2017 at 10:17 am

      That’s all cars fella …

  28. Justin Kunsurn C
    Justin Kunsurn C March 28, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Que the fb experts

  29. Sharon Mayers
    Sharon Mayers March 28, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I agree right is right n wrong is wrong ,but the officer gone may he rest in peace,but the young boy still alive n he would not b living in peace cause even the comments that r being said ,Lord have mercy n we don’t remember he is a mother n father son he may b a brother ,I am not up holding wrong but let us put ourself in his family position ,the both families r in pain right now ,if u look at it the other way the guy that was driving the car his mother lost a son to her life n his life will never b the same ,he have to carry that burden for the rest of his life .

  30. Veronica Williams
    Veronica Williams March 28, 2017 at 7:46 am

    I agree with Mr. Holder. That is my sister brother. It have the whole entire family in shock. My sister Angela cannot stop crying. Her only brother by father. So you know how that hit home. He was my good good friend, like a brother to me. That guy need to pay for his stupid actions. I don’t know how I feel today. Sad, angry and everything. Sigh….

  31. Shemaxsmi March 28, 2017 at 7:51 am

    I preferred when Barbados had donkey carts, bicycles and walkers only…Has anyone considered that all vehicles in Barbados been built only to go 40 miles only and not leaving it up to the driver? All other vehicles built for speed be only driven at Bushy Park and transported there for such events.

  32. Outside March 28, 2017 at 7:51 am

    He didn’t make a mistake he did something real stupid and selfish and disrespect for other drivers in the street i agree with the brother a message need to be send to these road hazards that drive around Barbados i hope he never be a free man in this lifetime,so that these other road clowns would think twice that they are not the only one in the streets

  33. Sandy Alleyne
    Sandy Alleyne March 28, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Throw the book at the digusting uncouth lawless idiot I have no sympathy for him whatsoever

  34. Sherla Gilkes
    Sherla Gilkes March 28, 2017 at 8:24 am

    I agree we want stiffer penalties for reckless. drivers

  35. s.watt March 28, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Criminal Negligence causing death should be the charge…15 years in prison.
    And if alcohol played a role here as well…add another 5.
    And…if there were a charge for ‘stupid’…lock him up for life.
    Barbados needs a heavy hand from the police for speeders, not to mention a strict impaired driving agenda.

  36. orlando March 28, 2017 at 9:49 am

    i know its not north america . the laws in the whole caribbean are way more linient and the youth especially are taking advantage of them. the police bout hey have to get more serious about their job. im sure that would help a lot.

  37. The Negrocrat March 28, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I am very close to the family, but all I want of for justice be done.

  38. kathleen thill March 28, 2017 at 10:13 am

    The motor vehicle and road traffic act 1937 / 16 on the books in Barbados is very clear:: ( drive with due care and attention and reasonable consideration for other persons using the road) I see none of that here in this case. While it was a stupid, Ignorant, dangerous and selfish act on the part of that driver to overtake so many vehicles at one time; The other drivers have a responsibility to reduce their speed when another vehicle is in the process of overtaking to allow that vehicle to do so quickly. I have experience many time while overtaking on a straight stretch of road in Barbados where I can see for more than a furlong and a half ahead, that the other driver will even try to go faster. He or She has a responsibility to slow down and allow the other vehicle to overtake quickly and get back in the correct lane. that is why the Law written so clearly ( reasonable consideration for other persons using the road)…Basic common sense.

  39. Jennifer March 28, 2017 at 10:17 am

    All praises to this Ahch who was killed in the line of duty. I can understand a lot of the anger expressed here today especially the fact that this was a brother was committed to his job.

    @The elephant – I can see a lot of what you are saying, but you need to see the reasons behind the outrage. We have a lot of other people before this Tre who has committed senseless murders on our roads and gotten away with it too, a little slap on the wrist like a small child. So I can see with your comment.
    We have situations where week after week with usually the same people coming on here giving condolences and expressing the same rage to no avail. The thing is that if you keep doing the same things you will get the same results. This government and the next need to invest in equipment to tackle the lawless driving on these roads. Many lines and zebra crossings are unpainted. As I was going to my office last week I saw them repainting some of the crossings. But MUCH, MUCH more needs to be done. This is our friends, children, wives, fathers, grandfathers, husbands, and partners who are being killed senselessly. We need our men around as they are our leaders.

  40. Eloise Spouse March 28, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Firstly, condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the Officer.

    Whether this car or that car was stationery or not is of no relevance! The reckless individual (cannot even afford him the title of Human being) need to be taken to the hospital and made to look at the person whose life his disregard for road safety has taken and then he should be made to spend a night alone with the person. Then charge him, dispensing with court and take his stupid ass straight to jail after banning him from ever getting behind the wheel of a car again.
    I lost famiky in a horrific ZR accident that took place on Black Rock Road years ago but anger still wells up in me when I realise that people still driving like manics without due care and attention and others are still trying to find excuses for them – there are no excuses. It is simple; you should NEVER overtake on a bend, you DO NOT race on public roads and you should NEVER be behind the wheel of a vehicle if you are defunct of COMMON SENSE!!!!!!!

    If he was indeed racing, then those he was racing should also be dealt with. May you lose many a night’s sleep thinking of that accident and the drastic outcome of your actions.

  41. Jennifer March 28, 2017 at 11:24 am

    @Jrsmith – I too like you will give some respect to this fallen brother. 🙁

  42. Tony Webster March 28, 2017 at 11:42 am

    The handwringing is getting us all nowhere fast, (sorry), and at the most, us commenters succeeded in getting the “Relevant Minister” , to actually issue a public statement, thorough G.I.S.!!
    Much, much more pro-active, and preventative action is required of our ministers. Several Ministeries, plus our Road Safety folks, and insurance companies, must get their rubber to the road (sorry,it’s in my blood) in concerted, collective action, to reduce the incidence of these highway horrors.

    What we need is less “hand-wringing”, and more “neck-wringing”…just tick the box that suits you…I speak (a) literally, or (b) euphemistically, or (c) of criminals, or (d) of political Gorilliphants. Choose…YOUR life could depend on it.

  43. George March 28, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Bajans are hypocrites what about the police who killed the fella on the bike in st Philip what about the. Girls that were speeding and kill them self out bcc what about the boy that kill him self on the wall. What a about try accident out grame hall ain’t hear all this about those accidents what about the boy that got knocked down by the woman And y’all talking talking about life in prison when your number call it call what about the nze that run u under the bus same night and the minister som that get shoot If this was normal car and a normal person that died it would be a different story all of a sudden everyone is a law abiding citizen when on a daily gotta avoid typical people doinf foolishness especially women on phones and doing makeup ” im no Sayinf he was rite or not speeding or I’m not saying he was wrong but people acting like they not come out a sanctuary ” y’all ever but a last bus ? Or get pass on the highway by a garbage truck or somone over take smone and cut u off these are daily things

  44. Randy Bridgeman March 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Condolences to the family of Officer Bridgeman. May the peace of our Lord comfort us during this time of bereavement. Some of my fellow Bimmers are so insensitive when tragedy strikes others. An innocent officer of the law loses his life through no fault of his own and they enter this site to send forth horse manure. Sad. Just plain, old-fashioned common courtesy/decency would suggest an offer of condolences to the deceased brother’s family first up. Come on Bajans, we’re better than that.

  45. Tony Webster March 28, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    My own, and my family’s condolences, to the immediate family of Officer Bridgeman, his relatives, workmates, and other friends. May all be comforted. I hope that this life sacrificed, is not done so in vain…that somehow, it might galvanize those we have placed in governance, to actually DO urgent, tangible, positive, meaningful, things to mitigate against recurrences. At least, we could carry in our memory, the look on the face of his brother, in the photo accompanying this BT piece.
    Yes, please.

  46. Marsha spence March 28, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Why are you calling the youth a low life.Yes as we read he was wrong if he has to paid the consequences so be it.But if it was any of your kid you would not like the public to treat him in the manner that you are treating this young man.We all make mistakes foolish ones sometimes ,unfortunately a life is gone.I pray that the Lord strengthen the grieving family in there time of sorrow,that his son will remember his dad as the dad that he was.Justice will be done fairly.

  47. Shorn Joseph March 28, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    What’s the big deal over this death and not the other 13 that’s gone? To all of you who is ready to point fingers at racers are stupid to start with! How many death for the year that is because of a bushy park event or a racer so Dave you’re tell me that there was 14 bushy park event for the year? And I didn’t know your eyes have a built in speed gun. I was not aware that having a after market muffler can make a car fast. If the police want to charge people for have a modified car they should start at home because some officer have the fastest cars on the road STI, EVOs Type R,etc. you’ll are some sick people. People get shoot,stab,push over cliff, go missing and you’ll keep you’ll mouth shut but an officer died and racers is to be blamed. If a movie with car show ever body car is fast if rally is on every body car fast crop over time every body car fast after every fete every body car is fast people dead and nothing is said but a police dead not so all of Barbados have to pay for it. Why don’t you’ll go look for the drugs and gun first or instead because at the end of the day when it’s your time to go you will go and that’s not gonna be the last car death for the year. And agin how many deaths or crashes was a racer or a street racer you people need to stop with the stupidness thinking people drive fast everyday and they are not street racers, so I’m guessing everyone that has died for the year was a racer or got hit by a racer well well well bajans are to quick to point fingers and the justice system only wanna stand when it’s one of them that get hurt when will you’ll finger pointers see that. That police man life is not more important than the other deaths that happened may his soul rip but we don’t know happened or if he was wrong and if he was the other officers will stand for him and make the innocent pay line they always do. By the way I’m not a street racer I race at bushy park and we are not respondsible for what happens on the public road if we are every event in Barbados should be canceled everyone because people will drive fast no matter what event is in play.

  48. Voye March 28, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Why is it that the idiot doing the folishness never dies!!???

  49. Bajanjam March 29, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Everyone here is casting judgement on this individual that “cause this accident”. I don’t believe none of you were present at the split second or involved in the accident to have the accurate detailed of what happened. People are ranting and raving going off what a new paper has said, which has not even referenced a statement from the investigating Royal Barbados Police Force.

    It was an accident that resulted in a very loved son, father, husband/life partner losing his life. What people should do is let his memory live on daily in their actions towards every human being you encounter and don’t just be making a commotion now this is present news.

    The individual who “caused the accident” is alive today and has to live with the consequences of his actions. He is a young man with parents, friends and love ones. I am very disappointed in Barbados Today with plastering the picture of an individual who has not even been charged seeing the accident is still under investigation.

    From the grieving family point of view of course they want justice to be served and it will be once the investigation is completed. However, seeing how nice of an officer the deceased was, would he have want anger to be spewed from his family’s and friends mouths towards another human being?

    No one considered suggesting this individual might need counselling because of what he will has to live with whenever a conclusion is made on the case. Instead people just want to keep bashing and pointing fingers. At times I am so disappointed to be apart of the human race. The reality of knowing you took someone life is nothing easy to live with and people condemning you every place you turn since the public knows what the individual looks like can only break a person down more.

    What if this was you son, nephew, cousin,uncle, brother, father, grandfather or just friend?

    Would your responses be the same?

    Society needs to stop being judge mental and be more supportive especially in life changing instances like this one.

    I offer my sincere condolences to the family, friends and RBPF.


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