Former AG says alleged assault of top cop deeply worrying

Shadow Attorney General Dale Marshall wants the full force of the law to come down on a man accused of assaulting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith last weekend.

Marshall said the alleged assault on Saturday by Dewayne Carlo Griffith, 39, of Crab Hill, St Lucy was a sign that respect for law and order had reached an all-time low.

And he called on the courts to make an example of Griffith if he is found guilty of the charge.

“I hope that the matter is dealt with quickly because it is important to send a signal to those individuals in Barbados who feel that they can disrespect authority. We need to say to them that we are not accepting that type of disrespect and we need to show zero tolerance at this kind of behaviour.  If the individual is found to be innocent then he goes on his way, but if he is guilty then justice must be seen to be done,” Marshall told Barbados TODAY this morning at the Eric Holder Complex in St Joseph, following a presentation of tablets to students by the Aron & Cristina Foundation.   

Former Attorney General Dale Marshall

The commissioner was reportedly speaking to a man last Saturday about lawlessness when the St Lucy man intervened and supposedly assaulted him.

The accused has also been charged with obstruction and resisting arrest, but pleaded not guilty to all three charges when he appeared before Magistrate Ian Weekes on Monday in the District ‘D’ Magistrate’s Court. He was remanded to HMP Dodds in St Philip.

Marshall, a former attorney general, contended that the incident could possibly give the criminal element in society the impression that police officers were no longer off limits.

This, he said, was far from the level of respect accorded to law enforcement officials in the past.

“It is perhaps the worst signal that we could see happening today when a commissioner of police, the most senior law enforcement officer in Barbados could be assaulted by anybody.

“If a constable is on the beat and something happens you could almost understand that there is bound to be some tension or some challenge. But when we now find that a senior law officer is subject to a battering, it is telling that a lot of the structures that we put in our society have failed,” the Member of Parliament for St Joseph lamented.

Despite coming to the police chief’s defence, Marshall also questioned why the country’s top cop felt it necessary to personally deal with the disturbance when there was a police station in the area.

“I am concerned about a lot of things. I can’t speak about the incident but there are several things that are troubling. It is concerning that the Commissioner of Police should have found himself in a position to be reporting to deal with any kind of disturbance. Not that a police officer at the top or bottom should not be interacting, but it is troubling that at that time of the night that a Commissioner of Police needs to feel that he has to come out and fill a breach where you have a station nearby,” he said.

50 Responses to Former AG says alleged assault of top cop deeply worrying

  1. Joan Brome
    Joan Brome October 31, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Lost for words. WOW. Wow. Very disturbing this.

  2. Joan Brome
    Joan Brome October 31, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    What next??????????

  3. Russell Margaret
    Russell Margaret October 31, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    It is. Got me thinking.

    • Leroy November 1, 2017 at 12:27 am

      Police on duty was out of location maybe..

  4. d-coolie-man October 31, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    when uh gorgan shoot uh nedduh gorgan
    d Doctor job is tuh stitch up d organ.
    d lawyer job is tuh keep he out tuh jail.
    he back on d street, terror in yuh tail.

  5. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith October 31, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I agree

  6. Joan Crawford
    Joan Crawford October 31, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Is it not worrying that the police was called and were not available

    • j-mott October 31, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      Where does it say that the Police were called?

  7. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith October 31, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    So Joan when they became available, that mean they should get harrass, you still got me confused.

  8. Raheem Griffith
    Raheem Griffith October 31, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    This is more serious than alot of people realize.

    • Tristan John
      Tristan John November 1, 2017 at 10:27 am

      Let me be the one to ask a silly question.

      How is this case “more serious than a lot of people realize”?

    • Raheem Griffith
      Raheem Griffith November 1, 2017 at 10:52 am

      You’re right it is a silly question. Ask the former AG or just watch the interview to get a rough estimate, then extrapolate from incomplete data.

  9. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie October 31, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Commissioner not Afraid of Weevils

  10. Lwayne King
    Lwayne King October 31, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Listen man police have been hurting people for years 5 big nasty police now get sent home 4 months ago for nearly killing a young man see wanna one sided blind ass foolish bajans is wanna do dat is make men wan kill police an wanna

    • Mia Colucci November 1, 2017 at 6:07 am

      How can someone take you seriously when you don’t even know how to use a full stop?

      What you are saying does not make any sense. You’re the only one that is one sided. You have to respect the law at ALL times. If you decide that you want to be disrespectful and the police see you as a threat, then you should be bold enough to suffer the consequences.

  11. Mack October 31, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    MP Marshal, Commissioner Griffith is a real Policeman. A report was made to him and he took prompt action on the information of the citizen. Why question his judgement. Why should he call a constable or a sargent to come and do what he as a policeman should do. This is real leadership.

    He is from the old CID school of taking prompt action. This is the way we were trained . Take prompt and decisive action. From the school of the late ASP Vanessa Brathwaite our mentor.

    • Leroy November 1, 2017 at 12:25 am

      You need to question his judgement when he could have called out police from a different division…the number 1 reason he left his house to go to the scene is the number 1 reason why he should have a different team go to scene.
      Its a personal perspective vs professional one, personal won and that shouldnt be the case

  12. Sophia Branch
    Sophia Branch November 1, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Person of his rank does have so much security around him how did this man get to do what he is accuse of doing?

    • Nb November 1, 2017 at 3:43 am

      Sophia the real story I heard is that Lord evil who is the commissioner of police cousin send this man to pull a gun on the top cop Mr evil is on the run an wanted by the law.i guess that.s y he got bail for murder in the first place so karma is beginning to work for Mr griffith.

    • Rasta Gilkes
      Rasta Gilkes November 1, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      Really are u serious

    • Sophia Branch
      Sophia Branch November 1, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      Yes really

  13. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan November 1, 2017 at 12:05 am


  14. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall November 1, 2017 at 4:10 am

    It getting worse than we want to acknowledge.

  15. Sue Donym November 1, 2017 at 5:34 am

    I have to wonder about the ones whose focus is on criticising the actions of the CoP, rather than on the rash and (reportedly) unlawful actions of the man charged. I also have to wonder if the situation were not contained, which of the same critics would have been asking whether the CoP could not have intervened to calm the situation, rather than thinking himself above doing such.

  16. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose November 1, 2017 at 5:50 am

    25 years hard labor with no parole make sure he does every single day.
    Now maybe they will get tough on these bad man.

    • Shakira Shemora
      Shakira Shemora November 1, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Nah. Too much

    • Kaiser Sose
      Kaiser Sose November 1, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      You beat a cop or any government employee then thats what you get. Make am example out of him.
      This too soft morass has them bad man not fearful right now so show dem ras.

  17. MARIA Holder November 1, 2017 at 5:59 am

    The police in the area allows them to do as they like because they are afraid to confront them. You all need to understand that these men control the north – not the police

  18. Patrick November 1, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Lwayne King has a problem, I suspect he had a run in with the police or he has family who are jail birds,

  19. Patrick November 1, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Dale Marshall, please deal with matter and leave out the politics because you have not done well as AG.

  20. Icus November 1, 2017 at 6:39 am

    This is what happens when society doesn’t take crime seriously enough. The Commissioner once said there were gangs in Barbados and society played it down to just fellows liming on a block. You are seeing random killings and large quantities of weapons seized which suggest that there is an effort to organized crime more efficiently. It just a matter of time before the police have to face a show of force from the criminals. And by the way, I’ve heard crime pays very well.

  21. carl November 1, 2017 at 7:32 am

    I share Patrick’s view of poor Lwayne. Thing is though, if you obey the law and stay on the straight and narrow path you wo’t get into trouble with the law. Too many people want to break the law and not suffer the consequences.

    For too long now Barbadians have been encouraged to disrespect the police. It has gotten progressively worse. People openly break the law and them tell the grey shirt officers that they can’t take them any where, they have to call the boys in blue. But when the boys in blue tirn up and they get the treatment that they requested they cry police brutality with the support of family, friends, the public who think just like them and their lawyers. Police must take back the society for the sake of law abiding individuals.

  22. Don Reuben
    Don Reuben November 1, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Every little action… There’s a reaction… Remember that…that day will come…
    How many have been assaulted even killed by the police and they deny,lie and victimized the friends and families???
    Presidents, prime ministers, monarchs generals even,have been assassinated over the course of history…
    The real issues ain’t the guns in the island…its the untouchables who delegate their entry…just like the
    “illegal drugs…
    Independence round the corner so fireworks will be on display

    This is just the tip of the iceberg
    This island is a time bomb ,tic toc
    I’m not being pessimistic…
    I’m being realistic!!!

  23. Desmond Edwards
    Desmond Edwards November 1, 2017 at 9:14 am

    What is the last paragraph REALLY tryin to say….????

  24. Mackar November 1, 2017 at 9:58 am

    From today the Police and the Bar Association need to start looking at where these criminals are getting these large sums of money they are paying these lawyers. Like Pilie and Holder.

    It might be an interesting discovery???

  25. Sherlene Phillips
    Sherlene Phillips November 1, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    If the COP get assaulted…that mean Barbados doom! There is no hope for the poor man. No respect for the law

  26. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce November 1, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Not surprised from day one he looked more like a Security Guard at the local supermarket than a Commissioner of Police. All the man had to do is walk away. It’s Possible the C of P went over the top with his authority. Then again, it depends on what was said in the heat of the moment for it to come blows. Grown men there’s no need for such behaviour towards each other. Await the FULL story.

  27. Sue Donym November 1, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    The comment (12:57) from Veroniva Boyce is inane.
    @Shirlene Phillips, please don’t judge all of us by one miscreant. Many of us still have respect for law and for others in general

  28. Milli Watt November 1, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Marshall you don’t think this commissioner know what he dealing wid in de North of this island…………….stupse leave the man let him do his job you are a reminder of the so called professional class who think they arrive at the top. Commissioner do your duty as you are doing and you will have the support of a grateful tax payer. I talking for myself de rest got a mouth

  29. Cuthbert Lucas
    Cuthbert Lucas November 1, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Why,Mr AG.let him wait until his time comes.nuff people cases ahead of his

  30. Adrian Barker November 1, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    The commissioner knows that once he gets involved there will be no cover up from the bottom so he opens it up from the top

  31. Helicopter(8P) November 1, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Cat O’ Nine tail must be put in place and operated BARBADOS!!! Hear me now or reep the consequences when you stop at the major stop or are in the supermarket !

  32. Carie Apple
    Carie Apple November 1, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Horrible… he attackedthe top cop , the average citizen has to be very concerned. Disgrace !

  33. Blessed Bobb
    Blessed Bobb November 1, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    The assault of the top cop is worrying,and it is also worrying when people’s children die in police custody like dogs!

  34. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison November 1, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    First, I will put this out there that I am a big admirer of the COP but I’ll also say this that he should have never allowed himself to be involved in this situation.
    The COP has at his disposal over fifteen hundred officers and considering his close association with that particular community he should have delegated that police response saving himself any personal involvement and possible embarassment.

  35. Ric November 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    I don’t agree with assaulting police in any fashion but how would the assaulter have known he was the COP?

  36. luther thorne November 1, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Somebody in Barbados have facilitated and empowered the criminal elements by not being efficient in resolving cases in Court. The CCJ has admonished Barbados on this score. Criminals feel emboldened enough to desecrate high offices, officers and even churches.

    This is what you get when Laws are circumvented time and time again. It comes to this point eventually people disregard others.

    Human Beings need Laws to live by or not they will be nothing but beasts. Please Enforce the Laws and stop favouring and easing some. Law enforcement seems to have been watered down and criminal minds take note and act

  37. Ric November 2, 2017 at 2:20 am

    “Please Enforce the Laws and stop favouring and easing some”

    We just have to remember and that this happens right throughout our society and not just with the “Lord Evils”.

  38. kk November 7, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Seriously people???? A police man kill a man, leave a gun shot in he son head and walking bout the road, a policeman went into a home in St. Thomas and push down a blind elderly woman in a chair, policemen beating up on people who really in truthfully aint do nothing except give them talk and two (that we hear bout) was bringing in guns and god knows what else and one get assault and wunna feel for he??? Stuppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppse!!!!!!!!


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