The fledging Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM) has appealed to Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite to step up or step out of the way if he is unable to get a grip on the crime situation.
In the wake of yesterday’s bloody climax to Grand Kadooment, BIM leader Neil Holder suggested Brathwaite had a responsibility to control crime, and should quit if he felt he was incapable of carrying out the function.
According to police, 20-year-old Taried Junior Rock of 3rd Avenue, Chapman Lane, St Michael was killed yesterday during a shooting spree at Spring Garden, St Michael.
A number of people, including a six-year-old child who was grazed by a bullet, were treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for gunshot wounds.
In a statement released to the media, Holder lamented the apparent lack of regard for law and order and implored the Freundel Stuart-led Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government to “bring order to the chaos”.
“We the Barbados Integrity Movement are calling on the Attorney General of Barbados to either get your act together immediately or remove yourself from office so that crime and violence in Barbados can be tackled by someone who has the ability to carry out this job without fear or favour,” Holder said in the pre-recorded statement.
The BIM boss strongly condemned those responsible for the gunfire, which has been described as a stain on the festival and the country’s tourism product.
“It is unfortunate that a time when our country should be celebrating the ending of what would have been . . . a wonderful Crop Over season, we have found ourselves in the midst of such chaos and chaotic behaviour where there seem to be very little regard for law and order,” he stressed.
On the eve of Grand Kadooment, former Attorney General and Barbados Labour Party legislator Dale Marshall had appealed to Barbadians not to be held hostage by criminal elements and to assist lawmen in their efforts to rid the country of the scourge.
Holder echoed those sentiments, while urging those with knowledge of the troublemakers to alert police.
“I hope Barbadians in every community would call the law authorities and let them know of person who they are aware of in their neighbourhood that are carrying firearms illegally or involved in other illicit behaviour that should be dealt with under the strongest and severest extent of the law. We can no longer sit by and say that ‘it is not us’ because every Barbadian is affected by each and every act of violence. Our very tourism industry is being threatened when we find ourselves being put on watch list when simple events such as Crop Over is marred by senseless violence,” Holder stressed.
This morning on Down to Brass Tacks radio programme on the Starcom Network, Brathwaite promised decisive action to tackle the growing gang problem and the continued inflow of illegal firearms into the country.