What Is The Untold Story? Ras Tacuma I'Akobi Maloney Needs To Rest In Peace

A call for Justice, A call for Truth, A call for Change

by Enricco Bohne (www.barbadosadvocate.com)

This was the plea yesterday at the I’Akobi Youth Resource Centre in Tweedside Road as the Justice Committee formed to promote, protect and defend the late Ras Tacuma I’Akobi Maloney’s case, met with various media houses to publicise the status of Maloney’s case.

Tacuma, whose demise at Landlock, St. Lucy on June 17th was met with much controversy, was represented by Committee members KudosSage I (Secretary of the Justice Committee), Brother Heru (Director of I’Akobi Youth Resource Centre and member of the Justice Committee) as well as Ras Lumumba (Priest of Church of Haile Selassie I), and Tacuma’s brother Mandela Maloney.  Also present was the moter of I’Akobi and other Rastafari Elders.

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I’Akobi side hit at Cop Probe

Source: icarbarbados

MERE DAYS before the Coroner’s inquest into the death of former Barbados Exhibition winner I’Akobi Maloney , the Justice Committee has upped the ante in its fight to get an independent investigation. Clearly stating it was not questioning the office of the Coroner, members of the committee said they specifically believed the information that would be analysed during the November 10 inquest should come from an independent body outside of the Royal Barbados Police Force.

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Call for Independent Investigation

November 7th, 2008
by Peter Thorne (www.cbc.bb)

Secretary of the Justice Committee, Ras KudosSage I, called for an independent investigation to be conducted into the death of former Barbados Exhibition winner and Engineer, I’Akobi Maloney. He lauded the late Rastafarian as a man of exemplary character and moral standing. He says the Committee will resist any attempt to vilify Maloney’s character and his adherence to standards of excellence.

He made the call at a news conference at the I’Akobi Youth Resource Centre at Carrington Village in St. Michael.

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274 comments

  • Anyway like I said before we will keep pulling law and order down until we become a ‘yard’ of Jamaica… mark my words.

    **********

    ‘Me’, my friend, that’s what the *unts r all hoping will happen, then they can spend all day lost in their gunga-induced, fog of existence!! All power to the police in dealing with the idiots!!

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  • The Devil's Advocate

    @199
    Rastafarians, the people who make black people look both ridiculous and pathetic not to mention riven with crime and would drag all socitey dowm into the gutter with them, given half a chance!!

    ‘drag all socitey dowm’— you have outdone rastas with this phrase alone because I can spell ‘society’ and ‘down’. I have trouble with some other words but not those two and I am a rasta!
    It is better that we believe that nothing good came out of Africa. There is no value in wearing ‘notty, dirty, lice-ridden’ hair. Everyone knows that our natural hair has to be processed to be acceptable. We worship some man that claimed to descend from Solomon but that cannot be true, no King from no Ethiopia could be descended from Solomon. Solomon would never have had sex with some African woman named the Queen of Sheba she never existed, after all, it’s not in the Bible. Tell me christians, who was the woman in the Songs of Solomon? Tell me christians, why should I believe in your Bible when it has been altered and doctored and not in the Kebra and Fetha Nagast which predate the Bible and have been kept in a place that was to protect it from white invaders from Rome. Hmm! Ethiopia is the oldest Christian nation on earth. Africans have always been ‘christian people’ who believed in God, that is until we were saved by slavery. Read oh my people, instead of Parroting what you heard.
    If the African were ‘savage’ and ‘godless cannibals’ that had to be saved by the ‘humanising’ process of slavery then why did they not eat all the white people when they landed and save us all this self hatred and nonsense. We have black people who hate anything that is natural to black people. A Christian woman once told me that I cannot enter the kindom of heaven unless I cut my locks. If I follow the ‘duck’ logic I would have to conclude that christians are backward, illiterate people who believe in a religious doctrine that was previosly used to enslave them, based on a book that was rewritten to justify said enslavement, but I know better.

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  • 199, you are an ass!

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  • Mad man

    Such kind words do not describe 199. I beg you to look into your vocabulary again.

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  • To add fuel to fire, smoking is wrong. Full stop. The body was not designed to accommodate smoke, hence lung-cancer. And those who claim that they smoke whatever for medicinal purposes, I often wonder if they are pharmasist or doctors who would know the prescribed amount to use daily so that it won’t be harmful to the brain/body. I’m just curious. I guess the same argument could be applied for alcohol or any of the other vices we tend to abuse daily.

    Me,
    I’m with ya.

    There is corruption in almost every organisation in this world. Police is no exception. They are products of our society. So you thought they came from Mars? Well, you’re wrong. Let’s give them our support. They’re cake to compare with NY police man. I know wha’ I talking ’bout. Been there, done dat.
    Ya likes ma?

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  • Rok

    Hee,hee, hee.

    Ya likes ma?

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  • Its sad that law and order is not a priority for black people in a predominantly black country!

    I posit that we need to work on our society NOT just the RBPF!

    And some of us need to stop addling our brains with weed so we can think str8!

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  • me // November 24, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Its sad that law and order is not a priority for black people in a predominantly black country!

    I posit that we need to work on our society NOT just the RBPF!

    And some of us need to stop addling our brains with weed so we can think str8!
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    Especially people like you in society who love to judge, stereotype and profile people.
    What make you or anyone think you are better than others. For all you know, it might be a kind hearted, dreadlocked man who assists you when you are down. No one knows what the future holds.

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  • I initially thought that 199 was an idiot thats why I never adhere or reply to none of his or her comments.But I was wrong ..199 is not an idiot , he or she has passed that stage now. 199 is a kunt and a kunt is meant to be phucked not argued with….. So ROK ,devils advocate and mad man just ignore 199, that individual is a pussy ,keep talking OK…. the 2 curse words were written that way to avoid editing .LOL

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  • Bonny peppa, you know I likes ya, but I can add a lot to that list that the body ain’t make to take:
    Too much rice
    too much macoroni pie
    too much pork
    too much chicken
    too much salt
    too much sugar
    vinegars
    even lemonade and other imbalanced concoctions like pinacolada, etc.

    Hence the hypertension, the cancers, the heart disease, the onset of diabetes, the kidney diseases, and a host of other diseases caused by imbibing what we should not, but we take it for granted and call it good food.

    So why the discrimination against smokers as if it is such a big crime. Let us stop judging others and saying they are doing wrong things when in truth and in fact everybody doing nuff wrong things.

    You hear recently that bonny peppa good for cancer? Chaaaaa! Wunna better put a little in wunna food everyday.

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  • ROK,
    Ya mean to tell me dat bonny peppa good fa sumting? And I always taut dat I was ‘good fa nuffin’. Tanks fa de reassurance man. Ya is a good fella.

    By de by, cayenne peppa good fa ya ta.

    ya likes me?

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  • Silver Foxx,
    Wuhloss, wuhloss, wuhloss, ya bad but I likes ya.
    By de by ya not suppose to explain why ya use de ‘double entendre’ man. Leh we decipher it fa we selfes.Doan do um agen.
    You is de Silver Fox wid white hair or silver wun?
    Ya likes ma?

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  • When I become PM just leh me katch yuh smoking a spliff pun Broad St, and yuh gun see!!

    Laaaaaaaddddddddddddddd!!!!

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  • 199,
    By de time you become PM you in gun be able to katch nabody. Doan mind doe, I would help ya ketch dem, hear.
    Ma likes ya.

    Ya likes ma?

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  • @ Bonny Peppa

    hahaha, by the time 199 becomes PM, you who already “ole ‘n swibly, but still hawtt”, wud be cole ‘n long gone, Yuh in tink so? lol!

    muh likes ya.

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  • Pat,
    Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, doan leh 199 kno dah. I tryin to set ‘e up fa a fall (teehee).

    Ya likes ma?

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  • @Bonny Peppa…

    You keep saying profoundly stupid sh1t, and then asking if “[we] like[s] [you]?”

    Why the fsck should we care? Get over yourself!

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  • Chris Halsall,
    Sing along wid me if ya kno de tune:
    “I wake up dis mornin and say my Lord’s prayer, it ain’ me, it is you, ya confuse.”

    Even an idiot (like you) is entitled to his own opinion. Ya foolish bitch. Now I kno’ fa sure dat you likes ma.

    Ya likes ma?

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  • @Bonny Peppa…

    Who hath drawn the circuit for the Lion?

    Is ya ! a fscking profoundly stupid ignorant fool?

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  • Chris Halsall,
    “who hath drawn the circuit for the Lion?”
    I can’ draw, so it can’ be me, Skippa. You got de wrong body. I can’ draw.

    You like you had too much to drank.(hiccuppp). Go and sober up buddy.

    Ya likes ma, I kno fa sure.

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  • @David…

    Sorry… My humour is often not appreciated…

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  • @Peppa…

    Ah, so you are a student of Saberhagen. Seminal science fiction…

    Why are you here? What do you bring?

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  • Chris Halsall
    Look, ya confusing me now. I gine an drank a cup a redrose green tea an two biskit.

    I doan want de dialogue back an forth wid we so all de time. Waste a time. Good ting we in got ta pay fa um.

    You know why you hay, doan worry ’bout why I hay an wah I got to
    brang. OK?

    I no ya likes ma fa sure now.

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  • @Peppa… You appear to be easy to confuse…

    I’m inferring from your above that “You no [longer] likes [me] me for sure now.

    Imagine this: I’m OK with that…

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  • Chris Halsall,
    Boy, at my age, I easy to confuse, diffuse, refuse and any other ‘fuse’ dat yu cud add.
    By de by, you like pussy cats? I got one fa yu to kiss. Aw-rite? I gone.
    Ya likes ma nah?

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  • At about 9:00 pm Friday 28 Nov, 2008 (i.e 2 hours ago) I was startled by the sound of someone crying for help. On looking through my living room window I saw a man being assaulted by two other persons (a man and a woman). The couple appeared to be robbing the man. The male assailant had his face and hair covered by a cloth possibly a bandana. The woman’s features could be clearly seen as the area is lit by a nearby streetlight. This was taking place about 25 feet from where I was standing. I even shouted (probably unwisely) to them to leave the man alone. My wife who also witnessed this apparent assault called 211, Central Police Station, District A Police station, crime stoppers hotline and a few other police listed numbers to no avail. NO ONE ANSWERED THE PHONE! By 9:10 the attackers had walked away and the victim went in the opposite direction apparently unhurt. I persisted in trying to call the police and about 9: 30 pm after dialing the Police PABX (430 7100) I finally got through to someone. After explaining the reason for my call, I was transferred to someone else. I again related the reason for my call where upon I was told that no response by the police could be made unless the victim made a report. I indicated that although those involved had left the area, there were some items on the ground outside my fence probably belonging to the man that had been apparently assaulted. The officer told me if I wanted to bring the items to the police station, I could do so. I stated that I would not be tampering with the items and bid the officer goodnight.

    Well here are my lessons from this episode:

    211 and the crime stoppers hotline are apparent jokes.

    The police do not investigate crimes unless the victim makes a report.

    and I am now amazed that the police responded in force to a call about a man (I’Akobi) walking about near the coastline of St Lucy but yet seem totally uninterested in the report of a possible crime having been committed in St Michael!

    I once thought that the police were there to protect and serve but I now feel even more vulnerable to the actions of criminals.

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  • Shocked

    You get the point I was making earlier, right? How could an average citizen evoke a rapid response?

    Of course the policeman that told you all that crap, should be fired.

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  • ROK

    The officer (a woman) did not ask me my name or any other question about my report. Maybe she didn’t believe me.

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  • Female police officers are notoriously rude specially on the phone. I had an experience similar to Shocked where it looked as if a stabbing would take plce. I called the police station and a female officer instead of getting off her backside to protect, serve and reassure told me to stop shouting in her ears or she would put the phone down. To say I was baffled is an understatement. She carried out her threat and put down the phone . Luckily the fracas ended without anyone being hurt.

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  • @Shocked… Did you ask for the officers name and badge number?

    Did you record the times of your calls, and the numbers called? (You *can* request this information from your telephony provider after the fact.)

    Are you going to file an official complaint?

    If you didn’t / don’t, you’re letting yourself, and your fellow humans, down.

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  • @Powerless… My same as to @Shocked.

    IMHO, you are only powerless if you choose to be.

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  • Hallsall
    I did not get the officer’s name. When she answered she spoke so quickly that I did not understand what was said. When these things happen one is not as collected and in control as one should be. I was just interested at the time in getting some police assistance at the time and I was frustrated that the phone wasn’t answered earlier.

    About an official complaint, I suppose I should but is it worth the effort? Does anyone really care? I’m a nobody not someone with power and authority. I spoke to a neighbour just now and he says it’s a small matter, nobody got hurt, forget about it. But….I ‘ve got young children who saw what happened and they are asking me if the “bad” people are going to come back.

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  • @Shocked: “When these things happen one is not as collected and in control as one should be. I was just interested at the time in getting some police assistance at the time and I was frustrated that the phone wasn’t answered earlier.

    Trust me: been there…

    @Shocked: “About an official complaint, I suppose I should but is it worth the effort? Does anyone really care? I’m a nobody not someone with power and authority.

    You are a citizen!!! You are the most powerful entity in this fine country!

    IMHO, even if this particular complaint does not immediately result in a change, the results of many such complaints will. It’s all about the aggregate action. (One action is unlikely to have an immediate effect. But many will.)

    @Shocked: “But….I ‘ve got young children who saw what happened and they are asking me if the “bad” people are going to come back.

    This is going to sound melodramatic, but you should register the official complaint simply so that your children are more likely to be able to raise immediate help if (Gods forbid) they have to call 211 themselves sometime in the future….

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  • Wonder where Me and Tony Hall are on this issue.

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  • Shocked

    Do your civic duty and report this matter. Chris is correct. It is a good example for your children to see you doing your civic duty. It tells them what their civic duty should be when they become of age.

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  • ROK
    update: went outside this morning to find some items left scattered on the ground where the assault took place. Among these items was an ID card for a 73 year old man (the presumed victim). I collected the items, placed them in a plastic bag and took them to District A. I handed them over to an officer at the desk, giving my name and address and related last night’s events. He said that they will check out the owner of the ID card.

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  • Shocked

    I am surprised that the person did not return to the scene to collect items. I trust that you got the name and number of the Policeman you handed it over to?

    This is one of the weaknesses of citizen actions. Too many people go to departments of Government and do not record their transaction or the people they spoke to. By the same token there are a lot who do.

    You therefore should have had a list of all that was in the bag and you could even have gone a bit further and ask the policeman to sign that these are the items you delivered.

    If we are to protect our human rights, these are some of the things we should do as citizens. It helps prevent corruption too. Police could lose the bag. Many things could happen and with a little bit of dilligence fate could be altered.

    Think about the Policeman who took it. If he knew it was recorded somewhere that he took it, then he may make sure that he handed it over correctly to the next duty policeman. He would definitely take care of that bag.

    The subject of Civics should be taught in schools.

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  • @ROK: “The subject of Civics should be taught in schools.

    Are you telling me that it isn’t??? [Brain explodes…]

    Oh, right. My bad… The “Me! Me! Me!” generation assumes that this is someone else’s problem and responsibility…

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  • makiala iyoka ashanti nyabinghi

    I am up in the dawn of this wintery cold day thinking of the silent illimination of the black race( aspects of Rome’s New World Order) focusing particularly on the 45,000 being killed in the Congo each month, I take a global look at how black people are being used by the colonialist mind to wipe out each other and my mind went to I’Akobi Moloney and Chris a bright youmg artist from St Andrew, living in a bed at the Geriatric Hospilal Bayland paralysed from a police bullet for sinply sleeping under a shed in the Queen’s Park when he missed his last bus, I remember the accountant turned Rasta Shaka, harrased and insitutionalised in Jenkins who I saved in the middle of the night from the marksman aim of Rap Brown that could have finished him, he was already shot and bleeding, when I jumped out of my sleep and throwing open my shop door to see what the commotion was about, shouted ‘officer please don’t shoot”
    The police of course thought the Temple yard was deserted when they picked on Shaka then mentally destroyed by Jenkins drugs, for wearing a camoflauge suit, and the Temple yaed would probally have been deserted that night, had the last bus to St Andew not refused to stop for me for no apparent reason, as far as I am aware, nothing has come out of these and numerous cases of police brutality. I was throughly brutalised and then used as the only witness for only prosecution on the facts of speaking the truth, in the Wilcox case that is still shrouded with for me with mystery and for others with propaganda( started by the Nation newspaper and spreaded mostly by Rastas) that will one day be revealed, still no justice.
    When I firstbecame Rastafari I was bruttalised, strangled, threathened with police gang rape ( luckily one of the officiers called in to take part knew my family so I escaped rape) and pelt in jail to starve for seven day offered only pork , just for being Rastafari in the dawn of Rasta rising in Barbados and as the woman sent forward to face the physical warfare (police) and spritual warfare (wilcox) in the birth of Rastafari in Barbados
    While I am mobolising for the sexuallay mutilated women of the Congo at an international level, at home, the silent war by the minds controlled by the colonialist continues on Nyabinghi children, using the same methods used in the Comgo, black against black, there is a link between what is going on in the Congo and the murder of I’Akobi , google ‘Queen Nyabinghi of the Congo and see’.
    The solution the teachings of Margus Mosiah Garvey for all black people.
    The RBPF were offered by the colonial minds, ‘specialist training’ from ‘abroad’ in manhandling their own people, topped up by the individual ignorance of self hate, loss identity as one oppressed race, ignorance of ture history and culture.
    When we decide to get to the root of this matter and preventing reoccurances, the majority believes that the police murdered our son I’Akobi on the image of Rastafari, dread locks whateverm African not caucasian, I am convinced that re-education is one major, not the only solution, yes, re-educating the police as well. Having suffered police brutality that only a super woman could endure and on the other hand having been interviewed by top ranks of the police, I am convinced that there are those in the PBPF at alllevels who dispite the acts of some vagabounds in the force are men who respect justice, not all police are vagabonds, and there is room for dialouge that can root out or reform the vagabond behaviour from the RBPF as well as in our society at large where some youth have to be confronted by the same police for comitting the same acts committed on I’Akobi on each other without mercy.
    To project the image of ‘the police’ responsibility for unlawfull acts of some officiers is to start a cold war between police and civilians in Barbados, the police are armed, the youth of Barbados are now armed some by the same vagabond police who at times sell them guns, and it can escalate to black killing blacks while the rednecks too who were always armed from plantion days, but wont be getting involved in the black on black fight.
    I wish to recomend that we embark on a national campaign to re-educate the masses of Barbados including the police in the teachings of Marcus Mosiah Garvey and African History Launch I’AKOBI BLACK EDUCATION PROGRAM pressuring goverment to ban Halloween vulture rising in Barbados, the talk of accepting sodomy as legal, providing land and jobs to outlaw whoredom abolishing then term sexworker, gay, spookamania etc from our vacab, all products of the colonial mind and raise self esteem and awareness through identity by implementing the accredited African History Georaphy and Culture course into the national educational cirriculum, highlighting I’Akiobi life of education and enlightment in celebration of Black History Month climaxing on the end of October to stamp out pagan halloween misleading our youth and disrespecting our christian society.
    To ensure that there is a foundation of consious minds less susceptible to the colonialist control of self destruction of our simple or most valued resources, our youths. The program should make use of community centres to reach adult education in the same teachings, so our youth past school age wont fall victims to ignorance amd self hate, that allows them to embrace follow fashion monkeism, halloween , skull and bones mockery of their fate planned fashion, trunking, battism and the other evils whose root can be found in the same colonial mind.
    I am convinced that any police officier who may have striked the death blow on I’Akobi would be living in misery of regret and torment when he realise what a bright light his hands put out, but any Rasta youth though uneducated as ell is also a bright light, yet the public responsed may have been less magnified, however, this goes to show that the death of I’Akobi highlights the silent pain of all who suffered at the hands of vagabonds who join the RBPF. We need to call on goverment to research police brutality Barbados, asking people to log their experiences at an office set up to record this in order to alert the authorities of the hidden facts and manitude that go unaccounted for which spoils police officers into thinking its ok to go on like this.
    I here call on educated Rases to develop an awareness short course on overstanding Rastafari and ask the COP cooperation in delivering it at police training seminars and at the Police training centre for new recruits, why? BLACK PEOPLE, THE COLONIALIST MIND HAS MASTERMINDED TO ILLIMINATE OUR RACE WITHOUT GETTING THEIR HANDS SOILED DIRECTLY , THEIR PLAN IS BLACK ARMED AGAINST BLACK SOME IN UNIFORM LIKE THE REBELS IN THE CONGO, THE OTHERS AS CIVILIANS WITH THEIR DRUGS AND THEIR GUNS TO WIPE OUT EACH OTHER. This is relevant because there is a lot of polic brutality even to death not highlighted like L’Akobi’s case.
    We can only defeat this master plan by re-educating our people, (the physical and mental warfare) and by not allowing our youths to celebrate halloween spookamania and the lot, the (spritual warfare) that will open the door to the dangerous powerfull demonic entities of the skull and bones order of the secret colonial world which challenged us in both way at the dawn of Rastafari in Barbados, and continue to oppose us regainining our Jah ‘God’likeliness powers, the powers that Queen Nyahbinghiand Nanny of the Maroons posessed that early colonoaist found so remarkable, against their guns, and went on to subdue branding as obiah and evil with their distorted version of christianity. Finally the phrophesy of Obidiah is never read in their churches despite being one page in the bible because it is the prophesy that to them is evil because it documents their final end of their evil rule, read it.
    Our ancestors would have contacted I’Akobi in the sprit world and get a clear account of exactly how he died and in our African tradition there is no evil in that despite bibical verses reversioned to the contary, we were vividly in touchn with the sprit world as part of our culture and ancestral worship.
    Long live the irate of Queen Nyabinghi, long live the irate of I’Akobi, arise and hear us oh sprit of our great ancestors in the rythm of the drums of Nyabinghi.

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  • To fit the criteria of a policeman in Barbados… It has been purported that the individual should undergo some “rigourous prcoess of selection”, I have uploaded the information from their website at (http://www.barbadospolice.gov.bb/_sec.cfm?category=Human+Resources) to this page.
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    Entry into the Royal Barbados Police Force is through a selection process. However, in order to be considered for selection, you must first meet certain essential prerequisites.

    Essential Prerequisites
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    1. Age:
    Police Constables:Not less than 19 and not more than 30 years of age.
    Persons over the age of 30 years may be enlisted as Police Constables in the following cases:

    1. Special Constables who have served not less than three (3) years in the force.
    2. Persons who have served not less than two years in a police force.
    Special Constables:Not less than 19 and not more than 40 years of age.

    2. Academic Qualifications: At least three (3) C.X.C. subjects (General) and grade I, II or III or Three (3) subjects at G.C.E. (Ordinary) for Police Constables. These qualifications are not required of an applicant for the post of Special Constable.

    3. Citizenship: Citizen of a Commonwealth Country .

    4. Character: Good character and conduct, high integrity.

    5. Health: Physically and mentally fit

    Selection Process
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    The selection process commences with the receipt of your application at the Training Office. This process can be broken down into 8 stages.

    Initial Interview: You will be interviewed by the Recruiting Officer and another member of staff. This interview will be based on the information contained in your application.

    Written Entrance Examination: This examination comprises English, Arithmetic, an Essay and General Knowledge. It is designed to test your grammar, written communication skills, numeric skills and knowledge of current affairs.

    Intelligence Test: this test is administered by the Ministry of Education. It is designed to test your perceptiveness and ability to make timely and logical decisions.

    Blood Tests and Chest X-Rays: These are to ensure that there are no existing abnormalities likely to affect your training and subsequent service as a police officer.

    Physical Fitness Evaluation: This comprises a series of exercises and a timed run over a measured distance. It is designed to test your agility, strength and stamina.

    Medical Examination: A complete medical examination by the Force’s Medical Officer to ensure that you are in good medical health. This examination includes testing of eyes, heart, lungs and blood pressure.

    Psychiatric Evaluation: You will be assessed by a trained psychologist to determine whether you are psychologically fit for police work.

    Formal Panel Interview: This panel comprises members of the Selection Board, headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police. Your file will be examined in detail and, in addition to other questions, you may be queried about information contained therein. (The Board determines your suitability to be enlisted as a Police Officer.)
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    While these are kept in consideration I would like to draw reference to the litany of articles which have been published regarding the recruitment and retention of police officers. From my humble opinion, I do believe that these so called standards have been compromised so as to accommodate the enlistment drive OR it could be Dottins Dilemma(http://bararchive.bits.baseview.com/archive_detail.php?archiveFile=2008/June/02/LocalNews/58864.xml&start=20&numPer=20&keyword=police+recruit&sectionSearch=&begindate=1%2F1%2F1994&enddate=12%2F31%2F2008&authorSearch=&IncludeStories=1&pubsection=&page=&IncludePages=1&IncludeImages=1&mode=allwords&archive_pubname=Daily+Nation%09%09%09) could have caused suspicion to be thrown on individuals which may conform to a particular set of behaviours (i.e. profiling). However one thing is sure, a serious blunder has been made.

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  • I am well aware that in order to be a policeman you must meet certain criteria. I have uploaded these from the official website Entry into the Royal Barbados Police Force is through a selection process. However, in order to be considered for selection, you must first meet certain essential prerequisites.

    Essential Prerequisites
    Top

    1. Age:
    Police Constables:Not less than 19 and not more than 30 years of age.
    Persons over the age of 30 years may be enlisted as Police Constables in the following cases:

    1. Special Constables who have served not less than three (3) years in the force.
    2. Persons who have served not less than two years in a police force.
    Special Constables:Not less than 19 and not more than 40 years of age.

    2. Academic Qualifications: At least three (3) C.X.C. subjects (General) and grade I, II or III or Three (3) subjects at G.C.E. (Ordinary) for Police Constables. These qualifications are not required of an applicant for the post of Special Constable.

    3. Citizenship: Citizen of a Commonwealth Country .

    4. Character: Good character and conduct, high integrity.

    5. Health: Physically and mentally fit

    Selection Process
    Top

    The selection process commences with the receipt of your application at the Training Office. This process can be broken down into 8 stages.

    Initial Interview: You will be interviewed by the Recruiting Officer and another member of staff. This interview will be based on the information contained in your application.

    Written Entrance Examination: This examination comprises English, Arithmetic, an Essay and General Knowledge. It is designed to test your grammar, written communication skills, numeric skills and knowledge of current affairs.

    Intelligence Test: this test is administered by the Ministry of Education. It is designed to test your perceptiveness and ability to make timely and logical decisions.

    Blood Tests and Chest X-Rays: These are to ensure that there are no existing abnormalities likely to affect your training and subsequent service as a police officer.

    Physical Fitness Evaluation: This comprises a series of exercises and a timed run over a measured distance. It is designed to test your agility, strength and stamina.

    Medical Examination: A complete medical examination by the Force’s Medical Officer to ensure that you are in good medical health. This examination includes testing of eyes, heart, lungs and blood pressure.

    Psychiatric Evaluation: You will be assessed by a trained psychologist to determine whether you are psychologically fit for police work.

    Formal Panel Interview: This panel comprises members of the Selection Board, headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police. Your file will be examined in detail and, in addition to other questions, you may be queried about information contained therein. (The Board determines your suitability to be enlisted as a Police Officer.)
    ……………………………………………………
    It is my humble opinion that these “so- called” standards have in some way been relaxed with the recent litany of articles by some of the RPBF’s “top brass” which have publicly declared that they have had issues with the recruitment and retention of officers

    http://bararchive.bits.baseview.com/archive_detail.php?archiveFile=2008/April/07/LocalNews/55893.xml&start=20&numPer=20&keyword=police+recruit&sectionSearch=&begindate=1%2F1%2F1994&enddate=12%2F31%2F2008&authorSearch=&IncludeStories=1&pubsection=&page=&IncludePages=1&IncludeImages=1&mode=allwords&archive_pubname=Daily+Nation%09%09%09

    http://bararchive.bits.baseview.com/archive_detail.php?archiveFile=2007/February/28/Politics/33963.xml&start=60&numPer=20&keyword=police+recruits&sectionSearch=&begindate=1%2F1%2F1994&enddate=12%2F31%2F2008&authorSearch=&IncludeStories=1&pubsection=&page=&IncludePages=1&IncludeImages=1&mode=allwords&archive_pubname=Daily+Nation%09%09%09

    OR it could have been “Dottins Dilemma” (http://bararchive.bits.baseview.com/archive_detail.php?archiveFile=2008/June/02/LocalNews/58864.xml&start=20&numPer=20&keyword=police+recruit&sectionSearch=&begindate=1%2F1%2F1994&enddate=12%2F31%2F2008&authorSearch=&IncludeStories=1&pubsection=&page=&IncludePages=1&IncludeImages=1&mode=allwords&archive_pubname=Daily+Nation%09%09%09) which could have caused suspicion to be cast on individuals which may conform to a particular set of behaviours (i.e. profiling). However one thing is sure…. a serious blunder has been made

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  • makiala iyoka ashanti nyabinghi

    First of all your headline says I’Akobi NEEDS TO REST, please allow I to correct one and all that it is not I’Akobi that need to rest, it is the bereaved, because I’Akobi was at rest minutes or seconds before the fatal blow that seperated him from amoung us, please overs that this is not a tribulation for I;Akobi but for all of us who feel it, especially who feels it most. I’Akobi is not feeling any pain grief or demanding anything , he is basking in the glory that he has been taken up to IN THE SEVENTH CELESTIAL HEAVENS , THE SPRITUAL GALAXIES , and I am positive of this because there seem no evil in this young man, so he is in an extremely glorious place, and if you doubt me call him and he will reveal this to you either in a vision or by direct spritual contact like when you call the ancestors and they walk and talk with you, that depend on how spritual one is, not every on can experience this communication, my mum said I was born with a white veil on my face, so I have this gift, (plus we have beeen brainwashed by wesstern religion that it is wrong to talk to contact your ancestors, those who youd on) trust me on this I’Akoibi lives in peace and is AT REST, as a matter of fact more rest and glory than when he was here with us. When Naisoma was troding over and up her mother Ireka told me she told her just before she went over ‘I find a place where I can cope’ I can assure you that I’Akobi suffered no pain and is safe with Niasoma, this has its reasons I wont reveal here. However, it is all concerned both Rastafari, frends, family and symphatisers that obviously find it hard to rest untill they get the answers THEY need and justice they are demanding that I’Akobi is demanding. I sat THEY because although I am Rastafari my demand for justice is the same but in a different context, it is twofold maybe threefold, this is because I see with the comment of Winston Hall posted on 12.12.08 above and I have to agree, simply because Rastafri need to remember that I never got no justice from my own Rastafari community at all or the police to a certian extend or did Winston Hall get justice, and most of all they must learn from this that JAH is no respect of persons and non partial, in his eyes Winston Hall and I’Akoibi are no higher than each other, Winston became a convict unjustly according evidence the evidence of the wife of the murdered man, yet no one demanded justice for Winston, and I and I youths became a scorn and a derision unjustly because of lies and popaganda, I n I never got no justice when I n I survirved the TERROR BY NIGHT, (the spritual warfare), please read the psalms of David and realise that what removed I’Akobi from amoung us was the PESTILENCE THAT WASTES AT NOONDAY (the phisical warfare), I was victim of them both. Winston Hall in his comment above said that when you allow things to go unchallenged they return to haunt you, this is so ture. It is sad to say this but if the police had done the same to one of my youth no one would give a daaammm the Rastafari community would not budge just because as far as they are concerned my youth would be a mrnobody or worst of all iyoka youth missnobody, or even if it was some youth from Chapman Lane or Nelson St who never seen a school door, I can afford to say this because it is no disrespect to I’Akobi as you may wnat to think but a demand for nonpartial respect for all humanaity from those of the Rastafari community. It seems to me that the greatest source that people consider in most cases if what is behind your name not that you are a living entity with a heart and feelings but IYAH JAH dont see it this way that they do, so when HIM slap us in such manner we want to know how can he do such a thing, can’t he see who this person is? how can you allow so much to be wasted? etc etc, Like I said before in my previous comment which I did not see, was it too bold to publish? that may I suggest that in setting up I’Akoibi Resource Centre please dedicate a desk for all who suffered police injustice to log their concerns , then ask the goverment to appoint an independent panel to look into these complaints with an aim to stop others from suffering the loss the hurt and pain which we now feel as a result of I’Akobi physical absence. Trust me on this one, IYAH (JAH) did not allow this innocent yout to feel no pain or suffering, its us that are feeling it and need to close our doos and stare each other in the face and ask the same question I ask when I remember my tribulations WHY???????

    ps. I’Abobi is one of us that went through a great tribulation, but without pain and suffering and is robbed in white seated at the throne of the father, sometime him (not he) comes down to visit especially his mother to reasure that all is well in his glorious galaxy. This will be frequent for the first forty days after a time as him travels higher n higher to reach the seventh heaven his visits will be less frequent mostly to contact close ones. I had a powerfull awakening to the sprit world and I can assure you that I’AKOBI IS AT REST.
    Ashanti Empress Iyoka Makiala Nyabinghi

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  • makiala iyoka ashanti nyabinghi

    Important correction to above comment — line 25-26 that I’Akobi IS NOT demanding

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  • makiala iyoka ashanti nyabinghi

    Please allow I to add that I think that all should be done where and by all means necessary if it mean exhuming get ever it takes to get the evidence to prove to those responsible that they cant get away with it, and for the protection of prospective victims.

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  • It hurt me this morning whn I read the newspaper in which persons are sending annonymous letters to the coroner asking if Brother IAkobi was really gay! ha ha you know the system is something else for trut! STUPSE!

    The Public aint foolish man !

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  • Men deny link with
    Published on: 1/13/09.

    CORONER Faith Marshall-Harris said she summoned two employees at the Arawak Cement Plant to give evidence at the inquest into the death of I’Akobi Maloney because she had been receiving anonymous reports that they were involved in a relationship with the deceased.

    Process engineers James Walker and Jason Collymore both gave police statements denying that they were involved in a homosexual relationship with the 23-year-old scholar who police say jumped over a cliff to his death on June 17 last year.

    Yesterday after they gave their testimony, attorney for the Maloney family, Andrew Pilgrim, queried why the two men were summoned, saying that their evidence introduced something of which “we have no confirmation or denial.”

    But the coroner said it was the most she could do amidst rumours and anonymous letters that she had received.

    “The two statements are based on allegations which were made but since we were unable to get those persons who are making these allegations, which are fairly widespread, we thought that the best thing to do was to bring the two persons who were involved.

    “Since it is two persons denying, it is the most justice can do in the situation. One of the things a coroner can do is dispel a rumour,” she said.

    “The best that I can do in the circumstance is to bring the persons involved to deny their involvement,” she stated.

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  • …….talking about red herrings and straw men.

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  • This is the problem I have with our society. Why did not the Coroner bring people who could testify that I’Akobi used to go to the bathroom. As far as I am concerned, the Coroner went beyond her call in this and should not have heard it because those who are spreading the rumours did not identify themselves.

    This is a serious breach of privacy which the Coroner involved herself in. She could have simply made a statement condemning the rumours and those who spreading them; pointing out the cowardly behaviour of those who would seek to anonymously drag the man’s name through the mud.

    Furthermore, it is this kind of behaviour that got the Police there in the first place. Talk about vigilante? Anonymous people could not only get the police to do their dirty vigilante work for them, but a coroner too. Hah!

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  • ROK I can feel more is yet to come. Imagine what his parents are going through at this point in time. this is embarassing, false, disrespectful, AND WRONG!

    Persons who are not blind let them see. Tomorrow it could me or you …..

    Stupse!

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  • I, too, think that the Coroner erred on this one. It is true that she does not have to deal only with admissible evidence and that her role is investigative rather than judicial, but …a rumour from an unidentified individual?

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  • @ Juris
    Did the coroner not have the option to hear the witnesses in chambers so she could make a judgement about the rumour. She could then decide if the matter was worth follow-up or -as was this one , not.

    I am not sure that I have a problem with her exploring possible leads, but surely not doing preliminary review in public.

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  • aah Bush tea boy you said t why in he public’s view! In te end it was a waste of time Stupse! Isn’t this not slander! Come on lets get real here, it was WRONG! No excuses!

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  • Who guards the guard?

    Who is the Coroner answerable to regarding decisions taken?

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  • This enquiry is becomiong more weird by the minute. The homo connection is a shocker. The coroner called on people to stop sprinkling dust around the court house . Who is doing that? What a potent mix of obeah, homo, rasta, dope, cops, cement, cliff meditation, back problems, uwi, iration et al. What next?

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  • I do not know.Can the deceased mother sued the state for maligning the name & Character of her disease son?
    This is a national disgrace.A respected Coroner bringing two men to testify because of rumours she heard.
    Only in Barbados.
    The Coroner should be charged.
    My rasta brothers & sisters mobilse yourselves again and demand that idiot Coroner Faith-Marshall-Harris be remove from conducting anymore investigations into the young man’s death.She has a Kangaroo Court.

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  • Bush Tea
    Im an idealist.
    I always thought I could get ahead with out ripping off people. I have never overcharged my patients, and often I didnt get even what I charged. But I always had more than I needed.

    Divorce and then a few bad investments destroyed me. I know that we can do better. Doctors make a living by several means beside seeing the sick.

    Being good to patients has long lasting results. There is a lady that I dont think that I did so much for- except to see her dowstairs in my little office early one morning and sent her to hospital some 25 years ago. She is still bringing ground provisions etc to my parents home. She has paid me how many times over.

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  • sorry put that post the wrong place

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  • No comment!….

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  • aah me have something to say! This is slander! this is unfair! What was this woman thinking I think the Rastafarian community should start to protest!

    It seems that when we think Barbadians who make serious decisions within this country are doing the right things they go and disappoint us! Stupsejust now you gon hear he was living with the fish in the sea that he why he jumped STUPID LOT!

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  • Do Rastafari really expect justice in Babylon’s courts?

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  • http://icarbarbados.org/tacuma/2009/04/cops-had-no-reason-to-harass-him/

    Does anyone believe this bullshit?!?!?

    The Police get a call stating there is a boat in the sea just below the cliff and a Rastaman is on the cliff looking out to the sea…..duh? Police turn up….please give me a f@#*ing break….do they really think we believe that the popo said, ‘hi I’akobi…you must be the guy with the Barbados Exhibition,…you know… the Chemical Engineer from the cement plant……you are so nice and cool sir…what are you doing out here?…chilling?…you are cool man.’

    Bullshit!!!

    Anyone with half a brain or that knows how our ‘force’ operates, will see this for what it really is….a damn cover up!!

    The popo didnt know the paro they took to the canefield and used as target practice was the son of a big up.

    They didnt know that the youngster they beat up after cricket was a national surfer.

    Their report came in 13 days later, identical to the grammatical errors, and the excuse is that they were traumatized…..WTF!!

    Isn’t trauma part of their job?!?

    This reminds me of a guy at primary school who copied in a test and copied the other guys name and all.

    If this doesn’t highlight the deception and lies in our Police force, not to mention the blatant attempts at cover-up, then I dont know what ever will.

    This is more than a tragedy…..it is a damn shame and disgrace!!

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  • What shocked me the most about all of this is the homo guy who testified that akobi was having a homosexual relationship with the guy’s bulla friend.

    Wuh!

    Can’t figure out all this crazy stuff dread.

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  • It is always easy to say things about people when they cant be there to defend themselves.
    This is not about his lifestyle, this is about the Police acting suspiciously in an unnatural death circumstance. All these distractions are really just to cloud the real issue .

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  • But what if he was depressed,or ashamed of the homosexual relationship and wanted to kill himself?

    The police story strange and real suspicious, and yet I can’t see why they would prefer to push him off a cliff rather than bring him in alive and lock him up.

    Really strange!

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  • I agree with the comment that mother should seek advice as to if there can be a law suit for disgracing the name of I Akobi near anything like sodomy and if it can be pursue it because it it obvious a silly excuse and so obvious made up to slaughter the character of this young man. I also want you all concerned to read my reveation on the other blog Barbados Underground which I posted today and bring a closure to the sense behind this all. It is only fair for those who struggle in feeling the disgust of this to be unaware of the LAW OF MAAT and how it relates to the truth the whole truth that we will make a big mistake trying to delete the message in my revelation.
    makialaiyoka ashanti iyahdutuI

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  • The Attorney General of Barbados recently described the Public Service Act as a “horrible Injustice.” (see page Sun on Saturday, April 25, 2009)

    I do not think that Attorney Andrew Pilgrim; the familiy of I’Akobi Maloney and the Rastafarian Community – agree that that is what the real “horrible injustice,” in Barbados is!!!

    Accordingly therefore, Mr. Stuart – you are wrong!!!

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  • The question of how I’Akobi met his death has still been left unanswered after approximately 10 months of deliberations both inside and out of court. Although the coroner had dismissed the idea of I’Akobi going to the cliff with the intention of taking his own life, the verdict of misadventure is still debatable. In her context it was defined as the act of running from the police which inadvertently resulted in his death. Our family vehemently refutes the coroner’s claim in this regard; as the act of running towards what the police perceived to be a 60 ft. drop head first with hands outstretched in this ‘mad’ dash for freedom quintessentially describes the act of suicide. Although the coroner removed the police’s postulations of why he had taken his life that being (depression, homosexuality, madness and drug association), she inadvertently or intentionally accepted the single report submitted by Headley and Walkes as the irrevocable truth. How she arrived at this ‘reality’ still remains a mystery as she had not too long questioned the likeness of both officers’ statements (from the order of sentences to adjectives).
    We are now firmly of the belief that the police are an autonomous body in Barbados and subsequently we must now call ourselves a judicial apostates as it relates to any interaction between this body and the general public. This was heightened by the coroner’s dismissal of the event relayed to us (face to face) by both Dottin and Reece (the officers who informed us of a fatal accident where they had personally witnessed I’Akobi ‘iffing’ i.e. motioning as though he was prepared to leap over the edge of the cliff). The rationale for this decision she claimed to be miscommunication. This too was her explanation for not taking into account, the information (the leading of a squad i.e. more than one person as well as the sketchy details) relayed to us at the Holetown police station by Seargent Headley. What is left to be surmised is that the police are free to tell the families of victims whatever they feel without being held accountable for their utterances.
    Our family rejects the timeline fabricated/procured by the police and subsequently accepted by the coroner. There were residents who as early as 4:30 saw a congregation of police assembled at the cliff whilst the body was in the water, approximately one hour before the policemen were alleged to have arrived at the scene. As with autonomy the police are also the official timekeepers and their standard is universally accepted as gospel. The coroner’s claim that the ‘5 minute window’ did not present a large enough divide for such an occurrence, especially since the incident was in an open area, does not take into consideration events of brutality known to have occurred in Barbados. The beating of the white and black patrons at the Kensington Oval provides a suitable enough analogy, where the police manhandled these patrons in the view of a cameraman and other eye witnesses. Additionally, as it takes mere seconds for a body to land at the foot of a cliff, ‘5 minutes’ provides an ample enough window for this “fatal accident”.
    Ultimately, she failed miserably in her role which was to allay the concerns of our family and the public. There still remains much misinformation disseminated by the police which she would like to have our family believe was a result of miscommunication. There remains the unexplored domain which she was reluctant to deduce. That being that as from as early as June the 18th when our family had talked to Sergeant Headley there was no consensus as to how he had died, Harvey’s subsequent involvement brought about solidity of the scenario (there were only two people who interacted with him and no more). This answers puzzling question of why the nine other officers who were at the scene could not validate these two policemen’s account. They were never intended to be material witnesses and to give them a significant role of witnessing the entire event especially after Harvey had completed his investigation would be succinctly dubious.
    As Khalid Muhammad said whoever controls the diameter of our learning controls the circumference of our ability. The police provided this diameter with their fabricated report subsequently the coroner’s ability was then controlled and limited to their facts. It is therefore likened to the adage that a great house will sink in sand. There must be a more sturdy impartial foundation to the proceedings of the coroner’s court if it is seeking to be a truly independent entity.

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  • Please tell your mom that I remember her in my prayers all the time!

    JAH AINT SLEEPING!

    DONT GIVE UP THE FIGHT!

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  • As a commenter posted yesterday the fact that L’Akobi died while in Police custody would have triggered a civil suit misadventure or not.

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  • Can this decision be challenged in a higher court?

    If you say that she failed to take vital evidence into consideration or allowed evidence to overly influence her decision or judgment, in the face of obvious fabrication, this seems to be a good case for review; or appeal.

    I think we need to find ways of getting at justice. Our lawyers are too embedded in a culture of doing things and in a lot of ways their hands are tied because of the said culture. We as citizens must stand up and get up and get our justice.

    I have first hand experience of winning where all lawyers were saying it can’t be done. I did it myself. Anybody can too. There is no mystery about the law. Don’t mind the legal fraternity; you only have to know your first principles and argue your case against the balance of probabilities.

    The evidence is overwhelming; what is the probability that I’Akobi jumped? Well all the evidence presented seem to establish that he had no reason to jump; the only people saying so were the Police who had the same statement.

    If this is so, then what is the probability that the Police pushed him? If you wanted to add a third probability, it would be that the land slipped; so if this happened why was no evidence presented to suggest this?

    So after such examination, what would be the conclusion? If this conclusion is correct, what would make the Coroner think otherwise?

    Put some other facts together. They had an encounter with an innocent man for what? Half an hour? Police had no charges against him, so why spend half an hour with a man who, for all intents and purposes went to “chill”? There is no evidence to suggest otherwise.

    Then ask yourself why an innocent man would run from the police? He was being harassed is an obvious answer. If he was being harassed, then the Police was responsible because they would have had to be acting not only unprofessionally but unlawfully.

    Don’t mind what the lawyers are saying, seek your own justice and one of them will come along; don’t worry. The culture has their hands tied and only your actions will untie them.

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  • We can go from one thing to the other on and on and on forever about how what where and when but if we continue to bury our heads in the sand about why ??? it means we continue to chop at the branches instead of getting to the root and they will grow back again and again , therefore much learning will not respect the divine simple laws of MAAT, and not absorb the lesson to be learnt from such a harsh judgement so that no other of us do not make the same mistake ever again to cause so many so much pain.
    The police was only the instrument of this rebound.
    HEIGHTS
    ashanti

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  • when the father sent Jerimiah the prophet to warn the people they put him in the dungeon
    ashanti

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  • i met I’Akobi at u.w.i. (trinidad) where we were both students. quite soft- spoken, kind-hearted, polite and humble was this young man. we were in different faculties but often met at our fav. eating spot. i remember most his concern for my sons being victimized for having locks as he himself was victimized by teachers at elementary level. he told me that at one time his teacher whispered in his ear to cut that sh*t off his hair…he was no older than ten. thank God that my sons’ teachers are far more educated than that and i should also add that my “rasta” sons are at the top of their class with percentages no lower than 90. it was quite disheartening reading some of the comments posted here. i pray that God open the eyes of those that have theirs shut and let us not lose track of what is really going on. for the Maloney family i feel your pain, have no fear our God is real and justice would be served. Selah!

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