Govt must address attacks on Bahamians in U.S.
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday called on the government to address the recent attacks of two Bahamians in the United States.
On March 16, Harold Williams, 56, was attacked by a man in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Over the weekend, a video surfaced of a 15-year-old Bahamian boy being pepper sprayed, punched in the head and slammed to the ground by a white police officer in Florida.
Davis said both incidents are concerning.
“I call on [the government] to address the matter or to at least advise Bahamians of some protocols that they could be adopting when they travel or at least give some direction or guidance,” Davis said.
He said that the government needs to “take the lead on this and let us know what they’re doing about it”.
Davis said, “Are they going to, in this instance, have our foreign services department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs bring this to the attention of the authorities abroad so they can get some justice for what is going on?
“What are they doing? We need to hear from them because these are Bahamians that we need to be protecting.”
When asked if the government should issue a travel advisory for Bahamians traveling to the United States, Davis said, “It’s not just a travel advisory. It is how one conducts themselves when they are traveling and we should cautiously advise Bahamians when they go abroad.”
Earlier this month, Williams’ attorneys castigated the United States for its advisories to U.S. citizens traveling to The Bahamas and urged the U.S. government to “take accountability for what happens to black and brown people on our soil”.
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice