Commissioner Would Back Return Of Death Penalty


Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade


Tribune Staff Reporter


POLICE Commissioner Ellison Greenslade said yesterday he does not support a national curfew, but would back a return of the death penalty if the public supports it.

Last week, DNA Leader Branville McCartney recommended the government impose a curfew in New Providence in response to the high level of crime.

However, Mr Greenslade said the entire county should not held hostage by the actions of a few.

“The Bahamas is still a vibrant democracy and this is still a beautiful country. I believe it is wrong for us to just take a blanket and put it over this country and call us bad people. I have said before and I will say it again, there is a core group of prolific offenders who have been in and out of the system offending against our people giving the Bahamas a bad name. We must find a way upon arresting and charging these people to allow them due process but to keep them away from society so that they can no longer cause harm and fear to our people,” he said.

“Yes we do have things that are happening that shouldn’t have and these are crimes that are being committed by people that we deem to be bad people, people that are not properly socialized, do not wish to be socialized, do not respect you, do not respect me, do not respect any institution of government and we as a people are going to have to say enough is enough. I believe Bahamians should be proud we live in a country where we are free to go where we wish to go. Our children, who are decent they should be allowed to enjoy the Bahamas in a democratic framework and we should never subscribe to being held hostage by a core group of people who we can deal with.”

When asked if he thinks enforcing the death penalty would cause a decrease in crime, Mr Greenslade declined to give his personal view, but said he will support it, if it’s what the public wants.

He said: “I am going to answer you the way I answered before and while I am not going to speak pointedly to it I will tell you what has been said to me and the Commissioner has to listen when the public speaks and members of the public have called me to say ‘Commissioner we are of the view,’ and this is what the public is telling me, ‘that if John Brown murders someone and John Brown receives the punishment appropriate to what he has done and is executed then you won’t have to tell us that he is a repeat offender and that he has murdered three other people.’ I am telling you what members of the public have told me, I am sorry I cannot answer it any other way.”

Mr Greenslade said he is still concerned about the number of repeat offenders out on bail. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Perry Christie revealed that 462 men are on bail for serious offences.


OldFort2012 6 years, 10 months ago

The death penalty is barbaric. Period. It is not for civilised countries like the Bahamas. Period. The solution to crime is much simpler and more dignified. 1/ Ban all weapons. The UK did it 10 years ago without any problems. All you can own is a shotgun for hunting. 2/ DNA fingerprint the entire population. 3/ Face recognize the entire population. 4/ Install thousands of face recognition cameras, one on every street corner. Who is going to commit a crime when there is 100% certainty of capture and jail time? Plus the above is much cheaper than more officers and overtime, etc...


B_I_D___ 6 years, 10 months ago

The problem is, we are not civilized down here, and we are not law abiding...your point 1...ban all weapons...they already are, it's not enforced...May not be only shotguns, think it includes all manually loaded 'long arms', shotguns and rifles, things like that, but definitely no handguns. As for the rest...good luck with passing those laws, Would need to dedicate an entire island to house the prison population, plus all your crying civil rights people would cry foul over privacy concerns. Break from the Privy Council and get back to hanging...heck...I kind of like the guillotine!!


B_I_D___ 6 years, 10 months ago

I'd be right in line beside Rory for the training and licensing.


bismark 6 years, 10 months ago

you know the prolific offenders,when they are released on bail dispose of them.


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