Man Arrested In Connection With ‘Drill Video’

July 19, 2019 | 7 Comments

[Updated] One man has been taken into custody in connection with a ‘drill music’ video being circulated that promotes violence against police officers, the police have confirmed.

A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service [BPS] is aware of a local ‘Drill’ music video being circulated on social media promoting violence against police officers.

“While freedom of speech is protected under law, inciting violence is not and we thoroughly condemn the message being promoted in this video – or any communication that suggests or threatens violence against any member of the public.

“One man has been taken into custody in connection with this matter pending further inquiries and we encourage persons with information to come forward. All information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

The 10-minute live video replay is below:

Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley said: “I have seen the relevant video and compare it to some of the challenges faced overseas in tackling what is known as ‘Drill music’ where content refers to gang violence and the use of firearms, with ‘drill’ being a slang term for the use of automatic weapons.

“This video is most concerning and the BPS have already made one arrest and are actively searching to detain others involved. There are many positive aspects of urban street music to express views in a constructive way but Drill music is not one of them, not least as it is indicative of associated gang violence.

“Therefore, the circulation of this video has given the BPS the opportunity to now investigate any criminal behaviour by those involved, not least in relation to potential offences related to the lyrics of the track.”

“Anyone with any information regarding the individuals that appeared in this music video or those who were involved in producing this music video are urged to call the Criminal Investigation Department on 247-1744.

“Alternatively, members of the public with relevant information are encouraged to provide it anonymously by calling the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline 800-8477 or by submitting a tip at www.crimestoppers.bm.”

Update 5.27pm: The Minister of National Security Wayne Caines said, “I am sure many people have seen the ‘Drill’ music video on social media, depicting young men promoting violence towards members of the Bermuda Judiciary, Police Service and Department of Prosecutions. This video is reprehensible and should be denounced by all right thinking Bermudians.

”There comes a time in society where we must collectively rise up and show our distain for such behaviour. These young men must not be given safe harbour in our community. We must rise and stand against this awful and deplorable act.

”The young man who made this video has been reprimanded in police custody. All remaining persons must be held accountable for their actions.

”I encourage anyone with information to help identify the individuals appearing or involved in the production of this video, to contact the police on 247-1744.

”If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 or submit tips at www.crimestoppers.bm.”

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  1. flower power says:

    Badb boyz,bad boyz,wotya gonna do when we come for you!

  2. ella says:

    One word – IDIOT

    • Even though de other idiot kept his face covered, just keep a look out for a terrible dancer, that might be your suspect.

  3. wahoo says:

    As far as I am concerned the cops can do what they like with little f@$!er. This gang mentality always has a fall back on people’s humanitarian instincts but a couple years in jail means little – it seems almost like a joke. It occurred to me the other day while reading another article that now we are targeting something called “gang violence” the implication being that we are satisfied with gangs but the “violence” is a problem. I hate this general trend that we seem to be heading in where you can belong to one or another group and I know that this is not a simple subject. I think our politicians could set the bar way higher if they call out their own who seek to further divide my beautiful Bermuda. That is a BIG hint to Mr. Premier regarding some of your MPs and there blatant racist agendas….or do you not care yourself?

  4. Question says:

    People who promote violence get given $48,000 as a government handout these days.

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