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Grenada PM “Pained” By Grenadians’ Charge of Humiliation At Hands of Barbadian Police

TAMIKA GILBERT RECOUNTED THAT LAWMEN TOOK HER AND HER SISTERS TO A POLICE STATION AND IT WAS THERE THE NIGHTMARE UNFOLDED.

 

Damning allegations that a Grenadian family visiting Barbados was manhandled and humiliated by Barbadian police are hurting Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell.

A disappointed Mitchell is, however, in no mood for a row with his Caribbean neighbour, immediately quashing angry suggestions from his homeland that St George’s abandon its ties with Bridgetown.

He has instead opted to await the outcome of investigations on the matter, even as he told the Barbados Today online newspaper that the reports were upsetting and could be a serious indictment on Barbadian police.

GRENADA’S PRIME MINISTER DR. KEITH MITCHELL

 

“It seems to me that there might have been an overreaction from a report, and if what I saw is true, the police may have to examine their approach in a matter of this nature because, as it turns out, there may not be any basis for it from all reports I have heard,” Prime Minister Mitchell said.

The Gilbert family told a horrifying story of being wrongfully accused of stealing a mobile phone belonging to a store owner, which led to three members of the group being strip searched and ridiculed by Barbadian police.

Tamika Gilbert recounted that lawmen took her family to a police station, despite no evidence they had the missing cell phone, and it was there the nightmare unfolded.

“I went to the bathroom and she [female police officer] is at the stall with her back to the door and she said ‘take your hair down’, cause my hair is in braids and it was in a bun, then she says, ‘take off all your clothes stoop and cough’.”

Prime Minister Mitchell, who is married to a Barbadian, said: “It looks very painful and if I had a daughter, I certainly would not want her to go through what I saw reported.”

Acknowledging that he personally knew the Gilbert family, Mitchell told Barbados Today “it was not the type of family to walk in and do what I saw reported”.

He expressed concern that Barbados continued to be plagued by reports of ill-treatment of CARICOM nationals, highlighting the case of Jamaican Shenique Myrie, who in October 2013 successfully sued the Barbados Government before the Caribbean Court of Justice on the grounds that she was wrongfully denied entry to the country. She had also claimed she was subjected to an illegal cavity search and inhumanely treated.

Mitchell said such incidents sent a wrong message about CARICOM, and Barbados should take “a second look at its operations and approach in the system”.

The Grenadian Prime Minister is expecting to receive a full report on the incident by the end of the week.

The Nation newspaper in Barbados has reported that about nine regional lawyers has been assembled to consider the legal options of the Gilbert family.

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Comment by AfricanGoddess on February 12, 2017 at 8:11pm

We have to reset our outdated mindset in order stop this mistreatment of each other  ... the ill gotten minds of most blacks are too backward for comprehension,stop with the black Xenophobia already you powerless fools!

Comment by Kevin Reynolds on January 23, 2017 at 12:32pm

If the suspect was of European decent - a strip search would not ensue

Comment by Alicia Johnson on January 22, 2017 at 2:37am
This is embarrassing as hell
Comment by Smoochez To-you-too on January 20, 2017 at 6:20pm
That is horrendous the police of Barbados just like other police officers around the world are acting the same way. But Barbados does not have to worry about getting my tourist dollars to come to their island after demonstrating this type of behavior. They need to clean up their act.
Comment by P Lewis on January 20, 2017 at 1:06pm
Them faggots think that they rule the Caribbean, and that their s*** don't stink they should remember all that they have is seawater and sand enough said
Comment by HandsomeMan on January 19, 2017 at 11:30pm
Bajans love whites but not their own.

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