Minister: ‘We Have To Do More As A Community’

June 15, 2020 | 8 Comments

Following after the violent incidents this weekend, Minister of National Security Wayne Caines has urged people “to please get involved and support our charitable organisations and helping agencies that assist young and at risk children.”

The Minister’s comments follow after a weekend marred with violence; the stabbing death of a 22-year-old man, the shooting of a 24-year-old man in St. George’s and a large fight at John Smith’s Bay which resulted in at least two people sustaining stab wounds.

Minister Caines said, “What was meant to be a celebratory holiday weekend has instead turned into a weekend marred by violence and sadly death.

“We have watched over the past few days as our community has been besieged by anti-social behavior, gun and knife violence.

“And last night we lost a young man due to a stabbing. I extend my condolences to the young man’s family and urge the public to assist where they can in providing information to the Police about this tragic incident.

“On Saturday we saw hundreds of young people at John Smith’s Bay engaging in serious violent behaviour. The fact is that the majority of the people in this Country are following the rules, however there are a small number of individuals who refuse to follow the regulations and who are determined to wreak havoc.

“These are the individuals who we must hold accountable. I am calling on our community to also step up and do their part. The lives of our young black men must matter. We all must value the sanctity of life.

“We have to do more as a community. I am urging members of the public to please get involved and support our charitable organisations and helping agencies that assist young and at risk children.

“We must all be held to account in doing what we can to turn the tide against violence and anti-social behaviour – this includes the Government, Police, parents, community leaders and advocates, churches and social organisations.

“The Ministry of National Security is doing its part, and the Gang Violence Reduction Team led by Pastor Leroy Bean will continue to deploy strategies to ensure that we’re meeting the needs in terms of community outreach, education, training and direct intervention. We will continue to build on what’s being done and implement stronger plans where necessary.

“Today, our BPS and RBR resources have been visibly active around the island, on our roads, at our beaches and parks and on our waters to ensure public safety. I again urge the public if they know anything about any of this weekend’s events to please cooperate with the Police or call the anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline and share what you know.”

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  1. Lay lay says:

    And you have to do more as a gov

  2. Dumb says:

    We DID call for Police to help and no one arrived in time to help! Don’t you dare put this back on us! This is YOUR responsibility as an elected and paid official! Do your job instead of politicking everyone!

  3. Would like to says:

    In case you are not aware minister Caines, your boss has already separated the Bermuda community with his vitriolic remarks against his perception of an establishment. Despite his attempts to separate there are still people here who would like to help. Try your best to recognise them minister before the island suffers a minor disaster.

  4. 69 says:

    And you have to do more as a government.

  5. lion says:

    This curfew is a joke. Where are the police. I hear cars and bikes up and down the road at 11 at night. Minister Caines needs to address this.I live on side of te road. its all night

  6. Dunn juice says:

    Wouldn’t another cost cutting measure be to stop paying the pastor, its quite obvious its not working for reasons either these guys don’t want help, or what hes doing isn’t working.

  7. Oh,I see now says:

    If they want to fight put them on an island until one man stands then throw his a$$ in jail.If legislation will allow have their families pay for most of the cost of their incarceration.If mommy can find money for luxury canteen items like sneakers and snack goods then her money can best be served on the electrical bill.I bet government will save money or shrink the inmate population or both.

  8. Oh,I see now says:

    Duh!!!!!’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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