Thursday, February 22, 2018

The law, policing and politicking*

In last Wednesday’s column I focused on the fears being expressed by Barbadians over possible abuse of powers by the police through legislation awaiting parliament’s approval in accordance with a new initiative by the government of prime minister Freundel Stuart to battle crime situation.
As the week drew to a close there were defensive responses by ministers and other spokesmen denying any plan to violate the fundamental rights of the Barbadian people. There was also denial of any political collusion with law enforcement authorities.
Regrettably, such assurances, earnest as they may be, are often greeted with cynicism in a culture across the Caribbean region where people are more inclined to point to experiences where dialogue to allay fears and inspire trust is a sad rarity, if it ever happens.

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