Numb To The Reality

Policemen conducting an investigation at Sargeants Village, Christ Church, where John Kellman, was shot to dead - Photo: (Nigel Browne - Nation Newspaper)

The picture at face value supported by the caption tells it all: police investigating a crime scene where a John Kellman was shot dead at Sargeants Village yesterday (18 May 2011). BU however made a few other observations. What about you?

53 thoughts on “Numb To The Reality


  1. Not sure what you’re getting at here, David. I see a few men standing around, some in police uniform; a little girl leaning on the balustrade; and a man sitting on the balustrade. The foreground is dominated by tall grass; the background by the unpainted house.

    Let us know what were the other observations that you made.


  2. Sorry, David, I couldn’t make out the body in the image until you drew it to my attention…maybe my eyes are getting worse. The resolution of the image is not the best, to be fair…and maybe I was not expecting that the body would have been visible in the shot…


  3. Thanks for the feedback Paul. The picture was lifted from the Nation newspaper and it was not the best in the original form.


  4. I thought a crime scene is supposed to have “yellow tape” around the entire property.
    The child watching all this is disturbing.


  5. There were two children on the porch looking at the dead body. I cannot believe with all the adults on the scene not one of them saw it fit to not allow this.
    This is horrifying and unacceptable.


  6. The numbness as we see it is that back in the day as children we would have been shielded by elders and that includes the police officers. In fact as children we would have been bawling our heads off. Now the scene represented is so commonplace there is no situational sensitivity.


  7. Even the police officers seem not to be the least bit concerned about the children watching. Where are the responsible adults in our society.


  8. Yuh mean nuhbody chun find a white sheet or something to cover de body wid?

    The adults pictured are probably all police personnel and could not care less, if the “touch one touch all” maxim was in effect. The children have probably spent to much time watching action movies so they are numb to the death and violence.

    In other places we see bodies lying in the street and people pass them by as if it was road kill, Barbados may have reached that stage.


  9. Nothing strange about anything in this photo. Isn’t this the typical violent scene that we have allowed our young children over the years to watch on TV and video,and often under the the guise of being a “harmless” cartoon.
    The Chickens are home in the roost, is an appropriate caption for this photo.


  10. I’ve noticed the dead body to the bottom left of the picture. But the way that everyone seem to be taking the whole situation so kool and calm as if nothing never really happened;
    David you are more than correct. As a boy growing up in Barbados. Children were never allowed to be anywhere near these kind of situations; It seems that death by whatever means is accepted by all without a care; What kind of investigating is this police doing standing with his hand behind his back? How long has the body been exposed for them to come to any conclusion as to how it happened. And I thought that the body would have been covered and the body also barred from anyone getting close to it. This is one hell of a situation both by the parents of the children, and also by Barbados finest; I hope that this will send a message to both adults and also to the police to be more involved and protective towards children;


  11. This is exactly what I’m talking about, I too saw the picture on TV8 and was appalled that children were there just viewing the scene and adults standing around. Barbados is repidly becoming like Jamaica, T&T, and St. Lucia, drugs, prostitution and murders/killings have become the norm, a way of life for the average child, unless or until this country is returned to christian values, this country is doomed, each generation will get worse, with little regard for law and order.


  12. when i was a chile, i was frighten as hell fa a police, now i is a adult, de police frighten as hell fa me.
    dis is wah ya call sensational journalism compliments a de newz paper. de onlies way dem kno how.

    But anyway, anudda ting i seein now is peeple turning up at de cemetry wid food vans n big lickrish nigga men n women buying n eating like dem at a blasted fet. na respeck fa de ded. stupseeeee.


  13. Bonnie Peppa: But anyway, anudda ting i seein now is peeple turning up at de cemetry wid food vans n big lickrish nigga men n women buying n eating like dem at a blasted fet. na respeck fa de ded. stupseeeee.”

    Utterly, utterly pathetic. An embarrassment of stupidity.


  14. @Bonny Peppa: “when i was a chile, i was frighten as hell fa a police, now i is a adult, de police frighten as hell fa me.

    It’s kinda cool being an adult. Isn’t it.

    But with that ability comes responsibility.

    Wouldn’t you agree?


  15. At a recent youth forum a 13 year old revealed to the audience that her mother brings home men and they have a choice of the 13 year old or her sisters. This is a fact and to protect these youngsters BU will not reveal any more. There is a big disconnect in what the social services deliver and what is required.

    Help us o omnipotent one!


  16. Wait, dah Special Forces feller to the left in the photograph, he ain’ pissin’ against the people wall ..? And in front of a girl chile too …? My God …


    • @Techie

      Indeed!

      Ckick on the image and you should passthru to the Nation article with the picture.


  17. @BAFBFP | May 19, 2011 at 8:09 PM |
    @Wait, dah Special Forces feller to the left in the photograph, he ain’ pissin’ against the people wall”

    no officer would do that in his uniform on duty… stop being so silly, it’s a serious picture for heavens sake. y would u even suggest that an adult male on duty with an audience, would expose himself to a child with others around unless u are accustom doing it”
    the main thing i find gruesome is the little girl having to look at a dead body. it is obvious that this is not his home. tthe guy sitting and the woman next to him don’t seem too perturbed


  18. @ David…
    Did you say that this was lifted from the Nation?
    The same Nation that lambasted the public for pictures of the dead motorcyclist being circulated on the internet and BBs?
    The same Nation who claimed the picture was gruesome and that people should know better?…….Hypocrites!!

    I really don’t know why people here seem so surprised at the fact that the children today are the way they are.


  19. Smoothe Chocolate

    I really ain’ got nuttin’ to hide … Seriously!

    David

    Truly, I like my timing. The child’s place in the photo is nothing to be too concerned about. Death, my good friend, is very significant part of life and frankly the sooner children become aware of its reality, the better. These children today are facing a very harsh and pragmatic future, with no Easter bunnies or romantic notions to fall back on. In fact they are far more aware of their surroundings than children of similar age twenty years ago. In my humble opinion, there is nothing here to be concerned about.

    (Seriously though, dah policeman pissing … you go’ tah look real close …)


  20. Agree with the previous comments about the callousness of allowing a child to view this scene, but what securing the crime scene. Is it because it is a police shooting?

    My people does mek me too shame sometimes. Makes me wonder how much respect for life there is left in our country.


  21. BAF
    LOL.
    ya vagabon.
    Doan mind David n Smooth choklit. you only tawk bout de policeman pissin pun de wall as a lil joke n de two a dem on pun you like white pun rice. stupseeeeeeeeeee.
    I tawt de John Kellman was de man dat does be pun ev’ry call-in program n pun de TV program now too. LOLLL


  22. Bonny Peps

    I want you show dem silicones in public so that Cholit would know day you ain’ got nutten to hide nider .. ja ja 🙂


  23. BAF
    I gun be at de gymnasium dis weeken ‘posin’ fa all ta see de silikones from 6-6pm. doan miss um. um free. be dere BAF. ya vagabon.

    Halsall
    “But with that ability comes responsibility”.
    But with that ability SHOULD come responsibility. Doesn’t always happen. Life sucks, me too.


  24. I wrote to the nation on this, and to the police. Everyone on this blog should send a message directly to the police and tell them how they feel. Exposing those children to that is child abuse. Those children should be removed from that home as there are obvioulsy no “parents ” present!


  25. The children appear to be in there own home. The police cannot order people in their own home to do anything, unless they have entered the home lawfully, by warrant or by pursuit of a wanted felon.

    A picture paints a 1000 words right? But it has millions of words to choose from, that picture doesn’t tell you if the police there advised the adult on the porch to remove the child.

    The fact of the matter is they are there own home and the police can do nothing. Even if they did request they remove the child. Once again you come to assumptions based on a still photograph.


  26. how can the be law and order, when people in barbados doin as there like, no body can tell them no ting, de police walk down spy st, or them de police stand up and see de pirate or zm van run up and down like zr van, de owners can make no money, and them people ent doin any time boute, de owner was talkin to me while he was over by de river , he look stress out, he say that his insurance is boute $15000 year, ah zm or pirate pay bout $2000 dallars and them van does run de route full all de time. how can he make money runn from de police whom does like to report de zr driver .so u see de double standard , de want takin off de road before thet kill some body, cause they ent insure for that, then we got problem. i tell he i heard that de government want to do some bout them, but u no i is only an old man sittin by de river………….


  27. civilsociety | May 20, 2011 at 8:05 AM |
    I wrote to the nation on this, and to the police. Everyone on this blog should send a message directly to the police and tell them how they feel. Exposing those children to that is child abuse. Those children should be removed from that home as there are obvioulsy no “parents ” present!

    Try sending a message to the parents/guardians of those children. I am sure that if the police had attempted to ask for the removal of those children from the scene, we would be hearing how heavy handed the police are. We are ,in many ways,becoming like the people of Northern Ireland during the “Troubles”


  28. On too many occasions I have seen the Jack Ass members of our Royal Constabulary drivin’ dey four wheel drive cruisers ‘cross the sand at Brown’s beach … Now dis practice by private citizens get ban years ago … but these Jack Asses are above the law …


  29. Dieter,Colonel Buggy
    So true. I cannnn undastan, peeple want de police ta do evry fcukin ting ta correck de rongs in dis society den when dem try ta, ya hear bout ‘manhandlin n unfairin poor peeple’. dis innocent lil girl should be inside playin wid she rasthole dollies or sum shite but no, de man pun de veranda doan look too perturbed needa. why should it be de duty a de police ta sen she inside? stupseeeeeeeeeeeee.

    ol man river
    my ‘outside’ man does ply one a dem illegal routes. why you wanna stop me from getting my ‘big’ house outta he? wah i do ya?


  30. @BAFBFP

    The police are driving on the beach to patrol it and perform a public duty on behalf of the state. To try to protect persons like you from being victims of crime while on the beach at late hours of the night.

    Your purpose for driving on the beach is what?

    Your intelligence is clearly below the ability of any test to measure.


  31. This is another example of an apathy, a disconnect, a callousness that is slowly creeping into our society and we seem unable or unwilling to arrest it, (pun intended).

    We seem not to be able to connect with children’ feeling and the trauma that they can experience in witnessing such scenes.

    If we hear some of the stories that principals of our primary schools have to relate we recognize that our children are now exposed to pornography and all types of lewd behavior by parents with no regard for the presence of their children.

    We seem to be rolling down hill fast.


  32. But Dieter

    I know that I stupid, you ain’ got to be so polite, “intelligence is clearly below the ability of any test to measure”, but I feel dat my four wheel drive get ban from de beach because I might have been crushing turtle eggs or something like that, you know, an environmental reason. After all I get ban from driving cross Brandons, Paradise, Enterprise and whole lotta other beaches cross Ba’bados. But tell me, oh wise one, these Jack Ass members of the Royal Constabulary don’ got feet too?


  33. Another picture of a dead person floating around in social media, this time the man who was stabbed outside the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal this evening.


  34. Dieter
    doan be fooled by BAFBFP comments about the police driving on de beach n label he as a dunce hear? He is far removed from being a dunce. He is one a de ‘brite’ whuns pun BU, hear? He like ta stroke a fiah sumtimes but believe me when i tell you dat he is a very smart, intelligent fella. doan judg he rongfully.

    BAF
    ya ring-neck-vagabon.
    mwahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh


  35. When I was that child’s age I was afraid of even seeing too much blood anywhere. Seeing a dead man laying next to my home would have caused me many sleepless nights. But of course back in those days it was very rear to hear of people being shot or stabbed. Yesterday Barbados recorded its 10th murder for the year so far.


  36. ‘all mothers are not parents” I am kind of hesitant to respond negatively although on face value sounds true.
    In todays Advocate there is a story told by a concerned parent about a fine year old boy who is een walking by himself on the ABC highway at 3.30pm . leaving many motorist almost screeching to a halt trying to reach out and help the boy. Needless to say the parent of this boy is working and is therefore left to fend for himself even if it means being run over by a speeding car on his way home. Most parents in todays society have to juggle the importance of raising a child against that which is right and proper for the child’s upbringing. It is scenario whichDamned if you do and damned if you don’t.
    That brings my thoughts to the picture of the litle girl sitting over the bannister looking at the dead man. Pray tell me where are her parents a picture doesn’t always tell the “TRUE” story! sounds familiar


  37. Another murder in town next to the Bustand and the body left there uncovered for a long period of time.


    • Why worry most Barbadians seem satisfied that REPORTED crime is down 8.1% if we go with Commissioner Dottin’s stats.

      Of course some of us are eyeing the murder rate moved to 31 in 2010 over 19 in 2009.

      Subject to correction the murder rate for 2011 is around 15, on pace to eclipse 2010.

      There is also increase in gun crime reports and the PERCEPTION that there is an increase.

      The smoke and screen antics by politicians and those with a vested interest in looking good will comeback more and more to haunt us. It seems we are not learning.


  38. “The smoke and screen antics by politicians and those with a vested interest in looking good will comeback more and more to haunt us. It seems we are not learning.”

    And David many like to describe this place a religious society.


  39. If wunna t’nk t’ings bad now wait till the X-box generation truly come of age … I blame bin Laden, for allowing himself to be used as a distraction away from the true agents of crime, the people who develop the games, the movies and the weapons to go along with them. Osama yah idiot, yah shoulda convert to Christianity and dey woulda had tah fin’ someone else tah flog …

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