I came across the following FLASCO report stating concerns on this issue:

“Latin American and Caribbean Security Sector Report 2006″

It states that police were often accused of beating suspects to obtain confessions which were later recanted.

Read the full report here:


An unrelated article in the Diaspora News also reported problems. It referred to the U.S. Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2007 (link).

The same issue of excessive force also affects Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and the Bahamas, the U.S. report stated. In Barbados, there were also claims of poor prison conditions and societal violence against women and children.

Reminds me of the Ronja Juman incident.

The US Dept. of State had some shocking comments in their “1999 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices” Barbados:

In December 1998, the police took two foreign citizens into custody for questioning in connection with a bank burglary. According to eyewitnesses, both individuals were in good health when the police apprehended them. However, 2 days later, the police took both men to the local hospital following complaints of abdominal pain. One man suffered severe injury to his abdomen, liver, and colon and had to undergo extensive emergency surgery for life-threatening internal bleeding. Doctors treated the second man for injuries to the abdomen and groin. Both men asserted that they were beaten while in police custody. They allegedly were taken to separate rooms, where their heads were covered and hands taped, and they were each forced to lie down on a desk while five to six men beat them with blunt instruments. The police force’s Criminal Investigation Department conducted an investigation and presented a report to the Director of Public Prosecutions in February. The authorities filed charges against five police officers and started trial proceedings.

How can a person’s colon be injured during a beating? Was it like the brutal New York police incident also involving a foreign citizen, Abner Louima? Ten years later the American press is rightfully writing on this incident. What about the Bajan press?

Some may say that a 1998 incident is old news, but I think that I may be reporting it too early. Has this case actually made its way through the Barbadian Court system, and if so, what was the outcome? Or did this story just fade away with no convictions? This is the first I have heard of it.

Update from State Dept. 2000 report: “The authorities filed charges against five police officers and started trial proceedings; however, at year’s end, the case was unresolved and remained before the courts.”

The State Dept. also reported:

The Government does not routinely interfere in the private lives of its citizens; however, the police sometimes resorted to searches of homes without warrants.

This 2002 Barbados case does NOT involve a beating, but raises questions on legal aid. It also suggests that the reported low crime rates in Barbados may be misleading.“IN THE SUPREME COURT OF JUDICATURE, COURT OF APPEAL, Criminal Appeal No. 23 of 2000″

Ground 1 [11] This ground alleges that the trial judge did not allow the appellant sufficient time to retain an Attorney-at-Law or to prepare himself for the conduct of his own defence and, further, alleges that the trial judge did not properly address his mind to the matter of certifying the appellant’s case as fit for legal aid.

The Statistical Basis [63] The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) collects, collates and publishes monthly and yearly Criminal Statistics of recorded crime. These statistics do not purport to be an accurate measurement of all crime committed in Barbados because it is well accepted that there exists “a dark figure” of unreported crime.


My concern is that a threat has been sent to Keltruth Corp.’s blog regarding planting drugs on an outspoken hotelier. Who would make such a threat? If law enforcement were not involved, planting drugs on someone would be a matter of mere inconvenience - just toss it into the garbage. No police involvement - no threat. However if the police were to become involved, the consequences would be markedly different.

Plant the inn with hidden drugs,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Come policemen, come ye thugs,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Beat ye well the loud-mouthed limey,

Does anybody in Barbados worry that drugs may be planted on them, or that they may be subjected to an unwarranted violent arrest?