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Enough talk!

Enough talk! President of the Barbados Bar Association Andrew Pilgrim. (FP)

By Barry Alleyne | Thu, January 24, 2013 - 12:11 AM

Get video cameras working in all police stations in Barbados and protect the innocent.

That’s the message president of the Barbados Bar Association, Andrew Pilgrim, has sent out to Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin and Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite.

Pilgrim believes it’s time for talk about improvements in the Royal Barbados Police Force to stop, and instead to have modern technology that has been promised for almost a decade to finally be employed to protect the rights of people charged and in police custody.

Pilgrim is adamant that once the technology is in place, the bad police in the system would be rooted out. “The bad police in our force will continue to beat and torture suspects until the commissioner insists on the use of the video suites that are rotting at police stations,” Pilgrim told the DAILY NATION yesterday.

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Posted by Tony Waterman 1 year, 7 months ago
I am in total Agreement with you Mr. Pilgrim, and you or anyone elso should not have to be calling for this to be implemented,when you consider that some of the so called ""LOW ISLANDS"" already utalize this system and Technology. and it is not what Barbados would call ""STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY"" so one would think that it would be quite inexpensive to deploy.perhaps the powers that be like CONTROVERSY more than smooth Sailing,hopefully when they get around to it they can add ""RAPE KITS"" to the mix.

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Posted by David Hall 1 year, 7 months ago
aye aye Mr Pilgrim! Though i do not necessarily agree that the cameras in the police station will, in and of themselves root out all bad policemen, I do believe that as long as the technology is rightly used it will go a long way in helping to create a more reliable and transparent system.

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Posted by Hard Ball 1 year, 7 months ago
Andrew, you know what’s going to happen right, the cameras will be placed in the interrogation rooms and the cops will beat the suspect before they get there, all they will be doing in the room is signing that statement.

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Posted by Kenneth King 1 year, 7 months ago
I agree with many of the comments but will go step further to add, all Police vehicles should also be equipped with cameras that should be on at all times during an arrest. We must have confidence in the men and women that protect us and in so doing that these security measures be implemented into our system. I also feel even in our Air and Seaport from the amount of fire arms surfacing in many crimes on the island.

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Posted by Leonard B 1 year, 7 months ago
Cameras in interrogation rooms are a good deterrent and should be implemented immediately. However, do no believe that the beatings and forced admissions will stop there. When I lived in a certain North American city the implemention of cameras meant that cops would take the accused for a drive to Cherry Beach on the lake shore for "high level discussions" before arriving at the station. Typically, most were eager to sign after that trip to the beach. In the very cold months, many suspects quickly asked "where do I sign" after being driven around with little clothing in a vehicle with open windows. A single trip down the Don Valley Pkwy would yield most confessions. I often wonder how many, especially visible minorities, in the Don Jail even committed a crime. One fellow York student admitted and signed to shoplifting without taking even a paper clip just to stop the kicks and lashes. Cameras will curtail some of the nonsense but not all of it. The entire culture of police mentality and bravado has to undergo a complete change. This will come with education and changes to content of TV police shows. LB.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 7 months ago
Agree, Mr Pilgrim.
@Hardball, all things are possible, but shouldn't the entire interview be videotaped? I think we more have to look out for the 'gurus' of editing and copying.

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Posted by wayne husbands 1 year, 7 months ago
ITS A GOOD THING THAT MR. PILGRIM HAS THE CLOUT AND COURAGE TO HAVE THIS ATROCIOUS PRATICE BY A FEW BAD COPS PUBLISHED, HEAVEN KNOWS THAT THE NATION APPEARS TO THINK ITS ACCEPTABLE,BY THE WAY THEY EITHER EDIT OR CENSOR COMMENTS THAT SPECIFY POLICE BRUTALITY AND CORRUPTION

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Posted by David Brathwaite 1 year, 7 months ago
The practice of beating confessions out of suspects is a time honoured tradition in the RBOF.

I remember my father having to stop fishing on the Harbour Police jetty on Bay Street at night because he could not stand the cries of men being beaten and tortured at that police station.

This is one of the very dark areas of Barbados. And to think that we have a high human rights rating because we are able to sweep these travesties under the carpet.

I don't expect that the police top brass are anxious to change a system that has worked so well for them - highest rate of crimes solved via confession in the world.

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Posted by J. Payne 1 year, 7 months ago
And the Airport! if it isn't.

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Posted by Tony Waterman 1 year, 7 months ago
@David Brathwaite!!!It might be a time honoured tradition in the RBPF. that does not mean that it cant be stopped, and I PERSONALLY have two Instances where it was STOPPED MY Dad a S/S back in the day left the Sargents Baracks one early morning because like you Dad Mine and myself who was there could not sleep because of the Beating being administered in the Cell down under the Arch, when he came back the beating was stopped. at 2am one morning a Criminal knocked on our Door at Home in Spooners Hill and ask my Dad to come take him over to District A, he took him over saw him Booked and instructed them that he did not want to see any marks on him in the Morning as they were none at Booking, when he passes back in the AM there were no marks and he said that he was not touched . my point here is that with will power anything is Possible. NB:- for a while he was not the Favourite S/S, but he stuck to his way of doing things. (IT CAN AND MUST BE DONE )

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Posted by Hard Ball 1 year, 7 months ago
@Pan Wallie, I know all things are possible, but the suspect will be confessing long before he gets the interrogation room. They might even put on a show because of the camera, but I highly doubt much if anything would change in BRP.
They are not going to put cameras all over the station, only certain areas will get them.
@David Brathwaite, I agree with you, whenever I read a case in the paper, the suspect always confesses, you want to tell me that no one will lie to the police, even if it is to save them from jail?
But we all know why they confess.

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