Premier: ‘If You Know Something, Say Something’

June 29, 2016

With the most recent murder marking the 29th shooting death since 2009, the police have said that tackling criminal gangs is their number one priority, while Premier Michael Dunkley said “we have to support the police” and “if you know something, say something.”

Speaking at a recent press conference, Assistant Commissioner of Police Antoine Daniels said that the murder of Fiqre Crockwell “marked the 29th shooting death since 2009, when Bermuda began to experience an increase in violence involving firearms.”

“When we consider that 29 men have lost their lives to gun violence and 63 on our roads alone in the preceding 6 years this has to cause concern in the Bermuda community with continuous loss of our young men,” said Mr Daniels.

“Tackling criminal gangs is the number one priority for The Bermuda Police Service. We continue to review our operational deployments and strategies with the aim of focusing our efforts on those individuals who are likely to cause the most harm to our community.

“We always encourage victims, and indeed witnesses to come forward and talk to officers. It is also incumbent on the community to stand together and support each other when faced with those bent on destabilizing our society,” added Mr Daniels.

Speaking in the House of Assembly on Friday, Premier Michael Dunkley said, “The subject of crime and safety has come up and I want to thank the honourable member from Constituency 16 [Michael Weeks] for talking about the 29 murders over the past 7 years.

“I think all of us in this honourable House are deeply concerned about that real deep challenge to our community. I think the people of Bermuda need to clearly know and understand that we are devoting significant attention to deal with it in a couple of ways.

“Before I get to that way, I just want to add on also that I find it very saddening and concerning that while we’ve had 29 young men taken from us, too many sectors of the community who don’t even show much concern, other than right around when the incident happens and we move on to something else in life. That is not healthy for our community.

“If you put that in parallel with the tragedy we’ve had on our roads in the same period, we’ve had three times as many people die on our roads. Those are two issues that we need to arrest for the health of our community going forward.

“The first thing is we have to support the police,” said Premier Dunkley. “Investigations are only successful if the police have the tools and the community has eyes and ears that help those tools do what they have to do.

“That’s why we’ve used the tagline, ‘If you know something, say something. If you see something, say something,’ but too often people don’t.

“We’re all in this together. The community is too small to turn a blind eye to these situations. It’s too small for us to cower because we’re afraid of intimidation or a threat, too small. There are people who can help you turn that fear into courage to come forward.

“It’s about our families. It’s about our young men. It’s about our future,” added the Premier. “Let’s work together and we will solve the problems together.”

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Anyone with any knowledge about the murders is asked to contact the police on 295-0011 or the anonymous and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 800 8477.

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  1. aceboy says:

    “Before I get to that way, I just want to add on also that I find it very saddening and concerning that while we’ve had 29 young men taken from us, too many sectors of the community who don’t even show much concern, other than right around when the incident happens and we move on to something else in life. That is not healthy for our community.”

    Ok, this is a similar thing Baron said on the radio.

    Exactly what do you want me to do? I have no knowledge of anything related to the shootings. I have no idea who is a gangster and who isn’t. I am just as horrified by what is happening but I have not called Mr. Baron or you, Mr. Dunkley, because I simply cannot assist.

    What do you guys want from me?

    Shall I call you on your personal phones to express my concerns? What good will that do other than to waste my time and yours? I have nothing to add other than my shock and disappointment with a certain segment of this island’s population who know something but who stay quiet.

    • I wish someone would say something about Jet Gate, C.O.H $18 million and $300,000 bus deal.

      • aceboy says:

        You do…constantly.

        I wish the PAC would discuss the matters raised by the auditor general.

      • serengeti says:

        Love the way you lot blame everyone else for the COH debacle.
        That was your ‘dream team’.

    • Mike says:

      If you know something say something hmmm.
      Ok I know in 2017 you better do more as Premier if you expect to win my peoples vote.

  2. San George says:

    They are a reflection of their parent’s frustration; if you think this is going away with your simple “See something, Say something” you are very wrong. You place your vices, homosexuality, gambling, alcoholism, etc. above equal economic opportunity and a proper education. These families are saddled with debt and job loss and you want them to come to your aid – not going to happen. Two very different worlds. The Gibbons and Dunkley’s will never understand and they don’t care. You still want to live here?

    • smh says:

      So if the Premier doesn’t saying anything, it’s because he doesn’t care. If he does say something, you say he shouldn’t because he doesn’t understand. He’s not asking people to loan him money just to give the police names. If people allow their kids to be criminals and sell drugs and then chose to protect them, then aren’t they part of the problem?

        • hmmm says:

          You are part of the problem Onion Juice.

          Karma gonna catch you up.

      • PhD. says:

        Believe me, if I see something, I will say something. However, I KNOW where my kids are every night. They aren’t shooting or being shot at. They also don’t buy me flat screen TVs and pay my rent so there’s that…. Yes, this starts at home. If you chose to be a parent, THEN BE A PARENT.

        • Sheila says:

          You will experience one day

          • Justice says:

            @ Sheila….What will PhD experience. The right to know where their kids are? Your comment is so ignorant.

  3. hadenough says:

    one this i have to add is that there is proper education out there but it means the child has to actually do some work and parents have to support their children. I work with youth and have seen many graduate from the public school system with high honors and go on to university.
    when our children enter primary school, (public system) they are all afforded the same opportunity, what they and their parents do with it i guess is enirely up to them. Stop blaming everyone else for problems that we can solve if we have our priotities in the right place.

  4. boop says:

    Improve the black situation in Bermuda and crime will fall… continue to ignore the race issue…continue to put money into prison and less into education… here is the result

    • On de up side we have America’s Cup.

    • smh says:

      So according to you victimhood is the best solution and people shouldn’t make their own destiny? How sad

      • San George says:

        Victimhood? Brexit is victimhood. If you stray outside the lines you will be in the victim camp as well. Watch the rise of the “Mad as hell and not going to take it anymore” on this side and the other-side of the Atlantic. Then tell me about victimhood.

      • hmmm says:

        Too many people take the easy excuse for not being a success, by blaming someone else.

        #losers

  5. Islander says:

    You can be trained in the way you are expected to go, educated and still be caught up in the life of crime. Not because he wants to but because threats are made against your family, your partner and so on or you disappear or have to run for your life to hopefully protect your loved ones. The innocent (children)are suffering because of ‘the life’ and we as Families and Communities must say “Enough is Enough” and mean it and stand shoulder to shoulder all over this Island. BPS, it is thought that you know who these people are and when you find them and whoever is aiding and abating them – lock them all up – Momma, Daddy, Nana, Pa, whomever. My grandson told me that he doesn’t want to go out because somebody might start shooting and he is 10 yrs old who shouldn’t be afraid to go anywhere in this Island. this is what your son’s who are living “the life” is causing and it is time to bring it all to an end!

  6. sage says:

    One thing I know is that the failed war on some drugs is wholly to blame for what we have become, but hey let’s keep flushing millions down the toilet, escalating our debt, while things continue to get worse, and ignore the fact that legal drugs are killing many, many times more and no-one wants to speak up about it because the brainwashing has succeeded.

  7. the truth will set you free says:

    No one mentions the greedy and money loving individuals who are manufacturing and selling guns. People do not look at the root of the problem they only look at the consequences which means those who are poor and those who are of African descent get the finger pointed at them.

    The owners who manufacture the guns because of their love for money should be held responsible. They have blood on their hands also. But people do not look at the root of the problem they only look at the consequences.

    The tobacco companies manufacture death (cigarettes) but governments have made selling and manufacturing of cigarettes legal. Malcom X: You can’t get into a whiskey bottle (alcohol) without getting past the government seal. Here the European and (those of European descent) makes the whiskey (alcohol) then put you in jail for getting drunk. Numerous people have lost their lives because of cigarettes and alcohol.

    I guess when death of another is “legal” it is fine. All governments have blood on their hands. But people do not see the correlation because those in position of power have led them to believe whatever is legal is moral but legality is not based on morality it is based on power and who has the money.

  8. Res says:

    Wow seen the new belco bills !

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