BDA: “Not a Back of Town or Black Mans Problem”

April 3, 2010

The Bermuda Democratic Alliance [BDA] has released a statement in relation to the shooting yesterday of 35 year old Kimwandae Walker during a Good Friday family fun day at Victor Scott.

In a shooting that shocked Bermuda, at around 2pm in broad daylight, Mr Walker was gunned down by two men on a bike and died in the presence of his two young children.

The statement, coming from BDA Leader Craig Cannonier, says “This is not a back of town problem or a young black man’s problem,this is a Bermuda problem. We are responsible, not the police“, and goes on to echo the call of many for witnesses to step forward and assist the police.

Mr Cannonier also states that “The money that pays for these guns comes from the drug sales within all of our communities, both black and white.”

The full statement follows below:

This is another sad day in the history of Bermuda. Not only am I shocked that we as a people have allowed this type of violence to escalate but we now seem to have lost the will to eradicate it. It is not until we “insist” that this type of crime stop that it will truly be brought under control.

We must respond with the same persistence in which these crimes continue to be acted out. When is enough enough? When will we finally say NO? When will we speak out about the crimes we witness? When will we sympathize with those who have lost loved ones and speak up? The money that pays for these guns comes from the drug sales within all of our communities, both black and white.

This is not a “back of town problem or a young black man’s problem”, this is a Bermuda problem. We are responsible, not the police. We are the ones protecting the perpetrators receiving the bribes and accepting the payoffs and even worse allowing ourselves to be intimidated. We have become so divided as a people that we don’t look out for one another. We have become so selfish that we don’t berate our own family members for their illegal dealings.

We are becoming imprisoned within our own homes, afraid to go out at night, now afraid to go out at daylight, afraid to go to the park and enjoy a holiday with hot cross buns and family. We are now seeking counseling for our children who are witnessing gun crimes.

It is not just where we are that worries me, but where we seem to be headed that should frighten all of us. Enough is enough. I implore our government to continue its efforts to deal with the situation. Let’s stamp this evil out now and not wait until tomorrow.

The Police or Crime Stoppers is waiting for your call Bermuda!

Our deepest condolences to the family who lost their loved one this good Friday.

Bermuda Democratic Alliance Leader
Craig Cannonier

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