As a youngster growing up in Barbados the exploits of Ashford ‘Rap Brown’ Jones was discussed under the street light while slamming a dom, firing one in the village shop or under the breadfruit street.
There was Buddy Brathwaite and his ability to repel all comers with dynamite and there was Rap Browne. Once on your trail it was inevitable you would have been captured dead or alive by Rap Brown and co. Those were the days the local constabulary demanded and earned the respect of the citizenry for enforcing law and order albeit by any means necessary.
The news that Rap Brown was arrested this week charged with having 100 rounds of .40mm ammunition in his possession without a valid license provoked much sadness in this blogmaster. Growing up in the 70s and 80s Rat Brown was regarded as a legend, a reputation earned for the fearless manner he executed his duties. We felt safe with policemen like him on the streets. Hopefully he will get his day in court and all will be revealed. Former Attorney General Michael Lashley is representing Rat Brown.
What the hell is a 72 year old retired policeman doing with 100 rounds of .40mm in his possession? Is this the tip of the iceberg? Who are you supplying Rat Brown? Who are your suppliers? How did you get those rounds? Was it via a port of entry or are you distributing for a middleman onshore.
This is a serious matter Barbados!