On alert

POLICE PROBE SOCIAL MEDIA CONVERSATION POINTING TO POSSIBLE UNDERWORLD WAR

The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) is probing a conversation making the rounds on social media, which, if it proves to be authentic, could have shuddering implications.

Public Relations Officer Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss said lawmen were aware of the alleged WhatsApp conversation which seemed to indicate that someone in the underworld was preparing for war.

In what appears to be a dialogue between people of ill-intent, the initiator sought advice on where to obtain bulletproof vests, complaining that an urban gang had bought all that had been available from a “supplier” in The City.

Inniss told Barbados TODAY this evening it was illegal for “just any Tom, Dick or Harry” to possess such body armour, or to sell the ballistic vests without official approval.

“Even police officers have to have certain things to import [these vests]. . . only certain agencies are allowed to import, so it is not something that is readily available,” he said, although the senior police officer admitted the vests may be accessible on the black market.

“Just like you have camouflage, just like you have firearms, you need to have the requisite permission to import and to purchase and to sell those kinds of things,” the police spokesman stressed.

The authenticity of the WhatsApp exchange has not been verified, and it is not clear whether or not it is a simple chain message with mischievous, instead of malicious, intent.

Still, the content is chilling, and, if it turns out to be real, would signal a possible escalation of the violence that has already had Barbadians worried and fearful for their lives.

“You know anybody that selling bulletproof vests…? Link me back,” the apparent initiator said, to which a response came that one vest would cost $800.

“Ok, I’m gonna need 2 bulletproof vests,” the apparent initiator continued, going on to discuss unsuccessful efforts to secure such vests from a provider, because one gang had bought everything.

“Barbados at war FAM [family],” the message continued, to which the other person respond:

“Yup . . . U know.”

This is not the first time that police have been forced to probe troubling messages on social media.

In June last year, a grim message trending on social media had threatened possible violence during the annual Foreday Morning jam.

An apparent screen shot of the WhatsApp conversation which was circulating on Facebook at the time, claimed that  there would be a “bloodbath” at the Crop Over event to avenge the killing of a young man.

The RBPF had issued a statement saying it “has taken the conversation seriously and an investigation has been launched”.

Lawmen had also urged the public to provide any information about anyone or any group who might have wanted to disrupt any event.

There was a strong police presence and the threat never materialized.

However, with a staggering upsurge of gun crimes – 19 of the 23 murders this year have been firearms related – the Force is wary of any potential plot that could result in even more bloodshed.

Inniss told Barbados TODAY he had never seen this level of crime before, particularly gun violence.

However, he said Barbadians needed to be reassured of their safety.

“Right now as you can appreciate you can see what is happening. We have to encourage the public and reassure the public of what is going on because the public is obviously very fearful at this point in time . . . because we never really had it like this in Barbados,” he said.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

24 Responses to On alert

  1. Llew August 23, 2017 at 1:20 am

    It’s such a shame to see what Barbados has to come to senseless killings unnecessary violence when will we put a stop to this it’s destroying the future of Barbados I as a visitor i would not put me and my family life Jeopardy by visiting Barbados ever again

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  2. Jennifer August 23, 2017 at 2:59 am

    WOW. Looks like we will soon see the fruits of that forces alliance. Looks like they have a lot of angry people running around. I have a suspicion this is only a drop in that bucket.

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  3. Saga Boy August 23, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Was it necessary to make this news? This might be the cause of yet another murder.

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  4. Alex Alleyne August 23, 2017 at 8:02 am

    In some parts of the Caribbean it is said that you exchange “guns for food” while others exchange “guns for drugs”. Here in Barbados it seems like we got “guns to protect drugs” and so I blame it all on the AG. He sat back too long doing nothing and now the people of Barbados don’t know if to “sit , stand or go”.
    The above story should never had made the news before the operation was over of taking out the “Urban Gang”.

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  5. Ossie Moore August 23, 2017 at 10:28 am

    You might be right Jenny , where there is smoke there is fire.

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  6. Sunshine Sunny Shine August 23, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Have to get approval? Is this policeman a clown? You have to get a license for guns and special approval as well but look at the number of guns in Barbados. This new age type of bad boy is telling the force that it got bullet proof vests, guns of all sorts, and certainly are not afraid of the force in executing their murderous schemes. They are sending messages that the sh…t is about to get real, and have been showing that it is real. The force needs to get far more serious and seek approval from the jokers we got running the country to come down hard on those the force knows are part of the underworld.

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  7. Milli Watt August 23, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    i apply to the COMMISH every sense for a license to carry………..NOTHING yet these clowns got vests now. COMMISH you can’t be everywhere, it’s about time you start to issue the licenses. As for this message I likes….. want the clowns to meet one place maybe the BIG TOP and settle ALL SCORES. The rest of society can watch from the stands.

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  8. Donild Trimp August 23, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    May need some help from Scotland Yard to assist the RBPF and the Defence Force – and here is why.

    Barbados is such a small place and the society is structured in such a way that the people making up the RBPF and the Defense Force lives in the same communities or not too far from where the wannabe idiot “gangstas” live.

    This to me is a big problem. Calls from outside help.

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  9. Donild Trimp August 23, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    May need some help from Scotland Yard to assist the RBPF and the Defence Force – and here is why.

    Barbados is such a small place and the society is structured in such a way that the people making up the RBPF and the Defense Force lives in the same communities or not too far from where the wannabe idiot “gangstas” live.

    This to me is a big problem. Calls for outside help.

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    • Jennifer August 23, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      @Donild – I totally agree with you. They should seek help from Scotland Yard, With all their intelligence tech. Then we will see some serious HUNTING. I bet they will catch some big and $mall game. Lets keep our fingers cross.

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  10. harry turnover August 23, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Barbados will not call for outside help.Common sense would tell ANYBODY if that was to happen that the SOME BIG BOYS and GIRLS too will be in ducks guts

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    • Jennifer August 23, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      @Harry T – hahahahahaaaaaaaaaaa. Talk about in the line of fire. This reminds me of red plastic bag song Rover pee. He was pissing on some top boys too including a preacher.

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    • Jennifer August 23, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      @Harry T – Hahahahahahaa. I like that “in ducks guts” or should we say sitting ducks.

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  11. Lori August 23, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    AS GABBY SANG YEARS AGO ARM D POLICE ..EVERYONE OF THEM .IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE A POLICE OFFICER WALKING THRU TOWN WITH A BATON AND D BAD BOYS GOT GUNS..ARM D POLICE

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  12. Ossie Moore August 24, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Ossie Moore
    August 23, 2017 at 10:58 am
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Listen , nothing will be done about the crime situation in Barbados until :

    (1) A white tourist or visitor becomes a crime victim and the International news media become involved and starts reporting about crime in Barbados . Can you imagine what it would look like if the world’s media starts reporting that the once ” Beautiful gem of the Caribbean . . . . Barbados “. has now become off limits to tourists ?

    (2) A white bajan becomes a crime victim .

    Remember about a year or two ago when a white bajan woman went missing ( she was not even a victim of crime ) how the whole island went ” berserk ” trying to find her ?
    There were white people with guns treating to kill n***ers , the Barbados Police Force , the Defense Force , The Fire Service had joined in the search and the rich whites informed the island that if this white woman was not found that there would be a racial civil war in Barbados ?

    Well can you imagine what will happen if a white tourist or visitor gets shot in a crossfire shootout in Barbados ?

    THINK ABOUT IT FOLKS ! ! ! The way the situation is in buhbaydus right now anything is possible , and when the ” kiss ass ” tourism industry is your only means of survival , then you are up ” shit’s creek ” with put a paddle.

    Ypu live by the sword then you die by the sword.

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    • Jennifer August 24, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      Ossie- well said. Watch that garnish blade. Truth don’t live long in this place.

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  13. Alex Alleyne August 24, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Need results , then “Kick down their door in the middle of the night and leave them in a pool of blood”. Fight fire with fire.

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  14. wilson braithwaite August 24, 2017 at 6:35 am

    You need licence for camoflage? looks like wife o english footballer wayne rooney , ‘colleen’, exempt, she pictured wearing camoflage bikini on beach of Sandy Lane, full view o everyone? why? she arrested?

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  15. Outsider looking in August 24, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Yes yes oh yes , more police, Army, God, longer time in Prison.

    How did that work for all of the other islands that are suffering from the same problems? Well right! NONE OF THAT WORKS!

    You Bajans need to get a grip, you are in an economic disaster, brought on by the complete mismanagement of your financial matters by your current government.

    What do you think would happen, when an apple in your country is 1.50 US, or a head of lettuce is like 4 US?

    The regular working man cannot eat. The youths of your nation cannot get jobs.

    Finally you have a protectionist ideology that sells your population a load of crap , with ” Buy bajan” and then only certain people ( elites ) being able to import food items into the country at a reduced taxation rate to sell.

    If the food can come in cheap, or the tshirts for the tourist, or what ever it is, why are you blocking it with these ridiculous taxes?

    What is a the poor young Bajan suppose to think? That the country they are born into doesn’t cares about them ? They want to get theirs, and if you, the population of Barbados that practice self societal oppression wont help them advance, they will take it by the gun.

    These young people will get it the only way they feel they can.

    So welcome Barbados to reality, you are reaping what your have sown with your monopolistic, nationalistic, elitist loving society.

    Your arrogance of neglect of the marginalized in your society, has brought the gun play on you.

    You can only oppress the working man for so long before they rebel.

    Some common sense advice for you Barbados.

    1. Get a new government that actually cares about the working man, and the middle classes.

    2. Make your market an open market. Allow any one that wants to import an item, to do so. So the youth can start small businesses and maybe, the Drug game wont look so good to them.

    3. Increase vat to 20% and reduce the income taxes to a flat 25% , and let people have more money to spend as they wish, to simulate the economy.

    4. Ask yourself as a population, why you are in such debt? What have you gotten for that money, and for the endless taxation? Why it is you have one citizen that has more money than all of the people in Barbados combined; but the only time you hear him is when he and his company complain they cant get to buy the oil bunkers and become a monopoly? Why cant he help the country he so loves ? Why is he not buying like every 20 year bond the government of Barbados puts on the market. I have not seen a hospital wing with his or his companies name on it. Not a University lecture hall. But no one calls him out, or any of the other elites.

    5. Own the crime. You as a population created the situations for this inequity to fester, as did every other Caribbean island that suffers from it.

    I am honestly sorry for you Barbados, I hope you can actually right your ship.

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    • Farwayfromhome August 24, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      Bang on….especially No. 4

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    • Jennifer August 24, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      @Outsider looking in – WELL SAID. THEM POLITICIANS is to BLAME FOR ALL OF THIS. This is all part of the stunting of black people progress. Keeping the majority at the bottom and the minority at the top. Them pounding the poor to keep the rich eating hearty. But things will soon spill over in this place. And I hope the right people get their just weight. Starting with them. right bunch of.,………

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  16. Carlisle norville August 24, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Allex Allene,( I am in total agreement with you,)i do need to comment any further

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  17. Alex Alleyne August 24, 2017 at 11:38 am

    In all the “hot spots” in BIM you can put “Surveillance Cameras” in some of the Street Lights.
    That will be a place to start then when we see the RBPF in the area it will be to collect some of the “dirt-bags” that causing problems.

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  18. Nanci August 25, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Wow I wonder if the talking in codes to throw people off.

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