Am I reading this correctly? I pick up the paper for the first time since Election day and read that THE SON OF FORMER DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER CYNTHIA PRATT, A SEARGANT ON THE ROYAL BAHAMAS POLICE FORCE, CHARGED WITH THE RAPE AND SODOMY OF TWO CHILDREN, HAS BEEN GRANTED BAIL AND RELEASED? What the fuck?
For an accused cop rapist who preys on children?
Who happens to be the son of the same former Government Minister on watch when so many terrifying accounts of alleged police brutality , mostly against women, surfaced around Nassau and the Out Islands in recent times. The same minister in charge of the police force who did and said nothing when photographs surfaced of naked, chained prisoners beaten unconscious on the floor of HM Prison in Nassau. The same minister who did and said nothing when terrible stories were circulating about gang rapes of women detainees at the Nassau Detention Center committed openly by the uniformed guards . The very same one who said and did nothing when a defenseless mother of two was allegedly taken naked from her home in one of Nassau's poorest neighbourhoods and jailed by two Englerston police officers, made to stand handcuffed and exposed at the police station for several hours, who never spoke to the nation to express any outrage or concern for the matter, never making any apparent attempt to investigate, the accusations, remaining silent while the accused policemen were allowed to return to work and who more than likely remain on the payroll today, never made to answer even a single question regarding this case. The same minister once called "mother", who remained silent and absent and invisible to the public when rampaging police officers stormed the home of a Nassau mother ON CHRISTMAS DAY, FOR JESUS CHRIST'S SAKE, and dragged her away in front of her terrified children and detained for hours in a reeking downtown holding cell, apparently because she dared ask them why they were chasing down her young, teenaged son.
Now some incompetent, anonymous judge has released her son, a seargant in uniform, sworn to protect and defend the innocent, accused of the grievous crime of the rape of two young women, another member of the Royal Bahamas Police Force accused of a violent crime of a sexual nature, Sgt 2230 Juan Pratt of 16 Duke Drive, South Bahama, Grand Bahama, released on bail, a free man, free to return to the community and free to continue the predation of children that he is accused of. What stupid, dangerous judge made this godawful ruling? It is good that the police force had the decency to at least "interdict" Pratt from "duties" ; I pray this doublespeak means they were fired. Where are all the voices expressing outrage at this cruel and indecent ruling?
Of course the story in the paper does not tell us much of anything. The "reporter" has made no attempt to investigate this latest horrendous report of policemen gone mad, accused of rape and freed by the court, or completely ignored and tolerated by police officials, both. The entire story about this latest Bahamas Police Force horror in the "news" paper was three inches long, the same size as a story of how US tourists likely to pick Cancun over the Bahamas. Three inches? A story of Mother Pratt's policeman son accused of double rape of a child and released? Where are the journalists and editors who give a dam about giving a voice and a platform for all the Bahamian women and children who are surviving violence every day in this country, apparently while the courts and police officials look the other way?
Who in this country cares about women and children survivors of violence?
Who in this country cares whether or not the rapists and the pedaphiles are caught and brought to justice?