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Mottley’s say on Dottin move

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Mottley’s say on Dottin move

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The action taken to send Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin on administrative leave has been described as an assault on a key institution that is required to protect democracy and the people of this country.
So said Opposition Leader Mia Mottley last night following news of this development.
Dottin was sent on leaving pending a recommendation from the Police Service Commission that he be retired in the public interest.
Mottley said this move was unprecedented in the history of modern Barbados.  “This is another aspect of the rapidly emerging Barbados with a type of leadership to  which we are not accustomed and which we cannot fathom.
“In my view it is an assault on one of the key institutions that is required to protect our democracy and our people.  It is  disconcerting that the people of Barbados would learn of this development as an unsourced story on radio. Both the Prime Minister and the Attorney General have a duty to come urgently and explain to the people of Barbados no later than today Tuesday why the Commissioner has been so shabbily treated after the Force was showered with praise only last week  for a job well done,” she said.
Mottley said this was a sad day in this country’s history, especially following what she described as “very unsavory and reckless”comments made by Minister of Education Ronald Jones  last week in Parliament.
“It  is clear that the national consultation on the 27th June must go beyond the economy to the alarming rate of decline at all levels and in all spheres in the country. Bajans simply feel that Barbados today is on the wrong track and moving in the wrong direction,” she said in a statement. (CM/PR)

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