Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite ought to have known better considering the office he holds.
This was the sentiment expressed by Barbadians today following Braithwaite’s controversial comment on Wednesday regarding bail for a police officer on remand for murder.
In supporting a call by the Barbados Police Association for Constable Everton Gittens to be released on bail, Brathwaite likened the case to that of another murder accused, Andre Lord Evil Jackman, saying it made no sense that Lord Evil was out on bail while Gittens remained on remand.
“If you, for example, can release on bail someone who names himself Lord Evil, I see no reason why you cannot release Constable Gittens on bail,” Brathwaite said.
Jackman’s attorney Arthur Holder has already said he planned to file for dismissal of the charges against his client because “my client can never be guaranteed a fair trial as per the constitution”.
The people with whom Barbados TODAY spoke in The City today did not buy the Attorney General’s rationale.
All the interviewees spoke on condition that they not be named or photographed.
“He was out of line and needs to respect the office in which he holds. The [Barbados] Police Association spoke on the matter so there was no need for him to comment” one person said.
“He is saying because a man has a name like Lord Evil and he [Gittens] is constable that the Attorney General is being bias” another added.
The interviews were conducted before it was announced that Gittens had been granted bail to the tune of $200,000.
Many felt as a police officer Gittens ought to be held to a higher standard and that police officers accused of crimes should not get special treatment.
“The police should be brought to justice like anybody else; they do not have unlimited power.” one man stated, adding that law enforcement officers should be judged harder that ordinary citizens became “they have sworn to uphold the laws”.