It has taken the minister of national security just about a week to comment, and it seems only through media prompting, on the shocking images which have gone viral of violent encounters between members of the RBPF (Royal Bahamas Police Force) and private citizens at the recent New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parade.
This lapse in response is telling and certainly not acceptable in light of the serious questions being raised nationally and the widespread controversy which has erupted as to the propriety and legality of police actions.
The minister must be reminded that he is accountable to the Bahamian people who expect him to be aggressive and transparent in upholding the law whilst ensuring that the civil liberties of our people are not violated by officers sworn to uphold the law.
Despite the proclamations by the minister as to what will and will not be tolerated, the Bahamian people will be watching and waiting for the outcome of the investigation announced by the commissioner of police.
We will also expect to hear articulation of a clear policy on the strategies and tactics that were deployed as shown in those videos.
– Glenys Hanna-Martin