Recently a Jamaican woman Shanique Myrie alleged that she was finger raped by Barbadian Customs Officials on March 14 th of this year when she attempted to enter that country. Miss Myrie told the Jamaica Observer that it was her first ever trip out of Jamaica, she stated that she was subjected to invasive cavity search by the officials who added insult to injury by hurling insults about Jamaicans at her. However, Barbadian authorities counter-claimed she was lured into the island by a known human trafficker.She has lodged a formal complaint with the foreign ministry, in which she reported the inhumane treatment meted out to her at the hands of Border Services Officers at the Grantley Adams International Airport.Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaican-finger-rape-victim-visiting-Barbados#ixzz1UOeCzGtT.
This is not the first allegation of sexual abuse leveled at law enforcement authorities in Barbadoes by Jamaican women.
In another incident, a Jamaican woman caught attempting to smuggle ganja, accused two Barbadian officers of raping and sexually assaulting her while she was in custody. Two cops have since been charged with sexual assault and aiding and abetting but a third cop accused of rape cannot be found and Barbadian police say they believe he may have fled the island. As far as Authorities in Barbadoes are concerned there is a burgeoning problem with Jamaicans trafficking drugs into that country, and entering Barbadoes for the purpose of prostitution. This has caused some friction between the Jamaican Government and Barbadian Authorities. The Jamaican Government of course always quick on the trigger with its knee jerk responses, and absolute unwillingness to appropriately deal with the vexing issue of crime in Jamaica. No one knows for sure what is the truth involved in the matter of miss Myrie except her and the officers involved in that incident, we do hope that the truth will come out and if there was wrong doing on the part of the officers , justice will be done. One can only imagine how horrifying that incident must have been for her travelling out of the Island for the first time, irrespective of any crimes others may have committed previously, she certainly did not deserve to be treated with such indignity for the transgressions of others.
Just last week.
Eight Jamaicans who were among twenty people detained on suspicion of smuggling drugs into Barbados remain under police guard, as the process to retrieve the contraband from their stomach continues.Two Barbadian nationals were also held following their arrival, Wednesday, on a Caribbean Airlines flight at Grantley Adams International Airport.Public Relations Officer for the Royal Barbados Police Force, Inspector David Welch who provided an update on the investigations revealed that the number of persons detained in this week’s drug bust surpasses the number of foreigners arrested at any one time for contraband, on arrival in the island.“We have put measures in place in order to continue to keep the surveillance of air and seaports for an activities like this” he said.The Barbados police spokesman was unable to provide details on the amount of drugs retrieved from each individual.He says at the end of the process, the Drug Squad will tabulate the amount and separate charges will be laid. Investigators are yet to determine whether those arrested were travelling as a group.
Meanwhile, two women caught importing cocaine into Jamaica were on Thursday sentenced to 18 months in prison and slapped with heavy fines. Those convicted are 30-year-old Alecia Williams of May Pen, Clarendon; and 25-year-old Babeth Bowland of Alexandria, St Ann.The two pleaded guilty when they appeared before the Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court. The narcotics police had reported that on July 27, Bowland was returning to the island on a flight from Guyana; at Norman Manley International Airport; when she was stopped and searched.Nearly three pounds of cocaine was found in a pair of sneakers in her suitcase.The following day, Williams was returning on a flight from Trinidad; when she was also stopped and searched. The cops say she was found to be in possession of nearly two pounds of cocaine.In addition to their 18-month sentences, the two were each fined 650-thousand dollars. They will serve an additional six months in prison if they fail to pay the fines. Fri. Aug.05,2011 8:00pm(courtesy RJR news)
I posted these news clips from media houses in Jamaica , there were similar reports in the Barbadian dailies. What is obvious is that the Barbadian Officials are correct in what they say about Jamaicans bringing drugs into their country, as is evidenced the Royal Barbados Police are more determined to stamp out this scourge. If those Jamaicans still under Police guard were actually suspected of having the contraband in Jamaica they certainly would not be under Police guard.
There would be howls of protest demanding that they be released. And a deafening chorus from Elitists, arguing with incredulity, that police time could be spent in such trivial ways . It is evident that Authorities in Jamaica still do not understand that problems of crime , violence, and terrorism must be nipped in the bud and eradicated before they have a chance to take root. Just this week a prominent Jamaican Journalist Dennie Quill wrote a column berating the Police for doing exactly what they were supposed to do, uphold the laws.
In his grandiosity this is the reasons he has a problems with the police.
‘Quote” Here are examples of what I mean.
(1) In the first case, a motorist leaves home on a lazy Sunday to buy the newspapers a short distance away. He has the exact change for his intended purchase but has left behind his wallet with his identification. He is driving his girlfriend’s car. He is stopped by the police and cannot provide his licences. He is threatened with arrest, the car is about to be seized and an ugly scene develops. Eventually, he is accompanied to his home where his girlfriend is present and assures the police that the car belongs to her and that it had not been stolen and that the man driving it had her permission to do so.
(2)Then there is another case in which a motorist is being driven to the airport by her son, who is a duly licensed driver. They are stopped by the police and the car papers are not in the vehicle. The owner of the vehicle and mother of the driver, explains that she changed her handbag that morning and had inadvertently left the car papers behind since she would not need them for her trip overseas. This sounds like a reasonable explanation. However, the policeman is not buying it. He threatens to seize the car until proof of ownership can be established. He accompanies them to the airport and then to the nearby police station.
(3)And, finally, a mother of a five-year-old is taking her daughter to school one morning. It is the end of the month and the police are strategically placed all over the city carrying out their spot checks. She is stopped and her insurance has expired. She explained that she had been overseas and had just returned to the island overnight and would have it rectified that day. The policeman was not convinced. He was on his phone in a flash and before she could tell her name, the car was seized she was left on the sidewalk to explain to her child what had just occurred.(Jamaica Gleaner .com Aug 3: 2011)
In all three instances here the motorists are wrong, broke the law and the actions of the police justified, except following the motorist to their homes to verify their stories . The police has absolutely no obligation to follow a motorist home to verify a story , that is a matter for the courts, the offence was committed, take the car, arrest the offender , tell it to the judge. At least that is what happens in a country of laws and people who obey laws , not in wild west Jamaica. as if this ignorance was not enough this journalist had more to say .
Quote: In all the above cases, I am pointing to the manner in which the law is applied by the police. It is arbitrary and situational
What I have to say to Dennie quill is this. In all of the above cases the police was right , go get a copy of the road traffic act read it and don’t open your damn mouth untill you get a clue.
The officers must never accompany anyone anywhere to verify anything, this opens them up to all kinds of accusations of criminality and corruption , if the police are guilty of anything , it is doing too much. Arrest the offender , take the vehicle , let them tell it to the judge. The Irony inherent in that Article by Quill was the ability of one fool to make many , there was a plethora of ” yes boss yes boss” type responses to the nonsense . The usual anti police , anti rule of law comments we have all come to expect from Jamaicans. I urge the police authorities to continue to arrest for minor infractions and do not wait for large crimes, let the village lawyers like Quill, and all the others complain, as long as they have their papers with them when they drive, they are entitled to freedom of speech.
What I want to point to however, is the sentence meted out to the women by the Jamaican courts Alecia Williams was sentenced to 18 months for bringing almost 2 pounds of cocaine into the country and fined J$650.000 . Babeth Bowland was sentenced to 18 months in prison for bringing almost 3 pounds of cocaine into the country and fined J$650;000 , both ordered to serve an additional 6 months in jail if they do not pay the fine. Message to all Drug dealers ,Jamaica is open for business, this is absolutely the place for those who wants to deal drugs. I mean are you kidding me what kind of lunacy is this ? Are the brains of these Judges corroded with cobwebs? these moronic Judges have literally turned the country into a banana republic.
Mark Myrie (Buju Banton) sentenced to 10 years in Federal Prison after being convicted of conspiracy to deal in narcotics, he did not deal the contraband. 10 years . In Jamaica people get caught bringing pounds of narcotics into the country and gets slapped on the wrist with feathers. Anyone wondering why Jamaica is one of the murder capitals of the world needs look no further,.
I write on this situation in these blogs under the title (Jamaica”s mad liberal Judges) about the absolute disgrace of a justice system that obtains there. The broken system creates all kinds of backlash, police apathy, police taking bribes, escalation in serious crimes, witness killings, witness tampering, victims not reporting crimes, disrespect for the rule of law, alleged extra- judicial killings, mob killings, no confidence in the system to dispense justice, and the list goes on and on.
Jamaican authorities have systematically failed to put criminals in jail where they belong. Jamaica is a trial lawyers paradise, they love the systematic corruption within the population,to include their own colleagues, and gross neglect on the part of activist judges. The population is at the mercy of doped up mindless demons who systematically rape, rob, and decapitate their helpless, hapless victims with un-encumbered abandon. The dope that is brought in by those very mules, are the dope that transforms the mindless killers to indulge in their ghoulish pastime. Myopic Jamaican Authorities are clueless as to how to deal with this scourge, but have the nerve to challenge Barbadian Authorities who wants a crime free country, or at least one that is free of Jamaican drug crazed decapitations, they have that right.
It becomes clearer by the day that the voices of anarchy are getting louder and louder, my father tells me there is a silent majority of Jamaicans who really want to see change in the other direction . I am a doubter, where are they? At every level of Jamaican society there is an incomprehensible support and encouragement for criminality, those who do not support or encourage it ,spend their time rationalizing it. Speaking out against crime in Jamaica can get you killed.
It has become increasingly hard for the Jamaican Government to open their mouths to the Barbadian Government in light of recent developments. On the same day that group was arrested , two other Jamaicans were each sentenced to 3 year terms of imprisonment in Barbadoes for smuggling drugs into that country. Those recent events have dealt Barbadoes a public relations coup , one that will continue to reverberate around the Caribbean, while our people continue in their mindless quest of material wealth at all cost, consequences be dammed.