Hall: PM wrong about fear of crime

Former Chairman of the National Advisory Council on Crime Bishop Simeon Hall yesterday disagreed with Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis’ recent declaration that Bahamians are no longer fearful of crime.

“I want to respectfully disagree with the honorable prime minister when he says the fear has diminished,” Hall said yesterday following a weekend of violence on New Providence.

“I think statistically crime is down and that’s good but hardened criminals are not at all impressed or frightened by the commendable work of the police.”

He added: “Throughout The Bahamas, people are still fearful of losing their lives, and in church yesterday people, after the sermon, someone asked me about crime in Freeport. You see that not only there but wherever you go.

“So with the greatest respect to his office, all I’m saying is that while we commend the police for the work they’re doing simultaneously, we must send a strong unmistakable message to the criminal elements of this country.”

 On Saturday, there was a triple shooting on Roland Street, Ridgeland Park West. One man died and two men were injured, according to police.

A man reportedly pulled a gun on police officers which led to an officer shooting the man.

 There were two armed robberies over the weekend. In one of the incidents, a woman was sexually assaulted.

Hall called for “strong draconian measures” to be taken to send a message to criminals.

“I go as far even as to say maybe we need to look at the constitution where the police could take some persons that they know are into crime off the streets, instead of waiting until they shoot down two or three people at the same time,” Hall said.

“We can’t play games with these people. We must send fear in their hearts. That’s what I believe.”

 The murder count in The Bahamas is 86 for the year.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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