Police are making a special appeal to witnesses of “criminal acts” which occurred during and after Puff of Colour in the early hours of this morning to come forward.
Police Public Relations Officer acting Inspector Rodney Inniss told Barbados TODAY that lawmen are still trying to ascertain what exactly occurred.
He said that there appeared to be at least three different incidents – gunshots were allegedly fired, reports of cars being broken into and vandalized, and disorderly conduct.
“The police are doing their investigations. These things were reported a little late after [the event] and we’re still trying to piece together what exactly happened…so we are trying to verify what is true and what isn’t,” Inniss said.
His comments come in the wake of a series of disturbing videos which have been making the rounds of social media, showing a group of rowdy people throwing rocks and fighting.
In the four short clip videos, a group of men can be seen running through the private graveyard armed with pieces of wood, metal and rocks and throwing whatever they could find to hit their target.
The men were also seen hurling rocks aimlessly at each other with no regard for the other pedestrians.
In the last videos, some of the men involved were also seen running through traffic and throwing rocks some of which hit parked and moving vehicles.
Even in the face of brazen act of lawlessness, which ensued after the six-hour paint, powder and water J’ouvert, the police spokesman sought to reassure the public that the Crop Over is still safe.
“The reason why we police events before, during and after is to try to eliminate the possibility of these things happening but we can only do so much,” he said.