While referencing a recent report in which an expatriate female law enforcer was assaulted, opposition legislator Julian Fraser has made fresh calls for all police officers in the BVI to carry a firearm.
“I think what you need to do is get the police officers guns and everybody will respect them whether they are male or female,” Fraser said while speaking in the House of Assembly this week.
Fraser also noted that the aforementioned report attributed the abuse of expats to the behaviour of persons who are ‘born here’ in the BVI.
He was not pleased by the attribution.
“It bothers me,” Fraser said. “You run into somebody that … did something because they fell off the [proverbial] rail. Don’t blame it on the fact that they were born here. Like I said, people been borning here for centuries and they’re going to continue to born here and it’s not a big deal to born here. I don’t want anyone taking out on people who were born here because something happened,” Fraser argued.
The incident Fraser referenced was a court case whereby a local motorist was convicted and fined of assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct, and using insulting language at a cop.
The incident reportedly unfolded during a routine traffic stop when the motorist effectively told the police officer that she (the officer) had no right to police him because she was not born in the BVI.
Magistrate Shawn Innocent who presided over the case had reprimanded the motorist for what he described as a general lack of respect to expatriate police officers by BVIslanders.
He further noted that the law must be upheld by all residents, at all times.
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