THE JUSTICE LEAGUE
Nassau, N.P., Bahamas
6th September 2010
Mr. Elliston Greenslade
Commissioner of Police
The Royal Bahamas Police Force
Dear Mr. Greenslade:
We wish to urgently meet with you to discuss the need for a FULL and OPEN investigation into the Case of Rape Victim Cindy Williams of Freeport Grand Bahama and her harassment and sexual assault by 2 officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. We firmly believe that the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) have conducted themselves in a manner that is in direct conflict with several of the basic duties that Bahamian Citizens expect of the Police, with the understanding that it is the Solemn Duty of RBPF to protect citizens and enforce the law.
The breaches of duty, which we reference, on behalf of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the courts, prosecutors, and the entire system of enforcing and adjudicating justice, are the reasons we must act on behalf of this citizen who has been violated, mishandled, mistreated, ignored and simply served a great injustice by our entire system. Citizens must fear that if this has happened to the rape victim Cindy Williams, it can happen to any mother, sister, or daughter. Certainly this level of injustice can be visited on any one of us. In the Letter from the Birmingham Jail, the great Dr. Martin Luther King, in one of his many moments of civic, social, and spiritual profundity said “INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE”. We say the system of injustice MUST END NOW.
CINDY WILLIAMS began her most egregious journey within our system, that is seemingly incapable of Justice in 2007, when she reported her rape; she was treated with no sensitivity by investigating officers. The alleged rapist received police bail, which is outrageous for someone being charged for rape. The preliminary hearing was delayed several times because the alleged rapist failed to appear. No bench warrant was issued for his arrest. The Rape victim received threatening text messages, which was brought before the magistrate and the evidence was misplaced by the police. The alleged rapist harassed the Rape Victim at her job on several occasions; the police was called and the Rape Victim was informed that there was nothing that the police could do. The alleged rapist admitted the harassment on the job before the courts, and the magistrate said that four visits to the rape victim’s job was not sufficient evidence to revoke the bail of the Alleged Rapist. The preliminary hearing was held 3 years after charges were filed, and the DNA evidence has still not been processed. The crime scene photos have still not been developed.
The Rape Victim, Cindy Williams, attempted to get justice by making her story public particularly with her appearances on Citizens’ Review with Erin Ferguson and the New Nation with Lincoln Bain. Upon returning to Freeport, Grand Bahama she was pulled over by police 1 hour after returning home, and was sexually assaulted and threatened with death using a deadly weapon (Gun) by two (2) Police officers in a Police Squad Car. She reported this to the police. Mr. Quinn McCartney, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police with charge over Grand Bahama has not offered any protection to this rape victim after she made a complaint of being sexually assaulted and threatened with death by Officers of the Law. Quinn McCartney has also refused to conduct an Identification Parade of potential suspects within the Police department, although the rape victim made it clear in her statement that she is able to identify one of the officers.
WE HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE THAT NO INVESTIGATION IS BEING CONDUCTED.
This case is demonstrative of a systematic breach of duties by members of The Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Courts, and the Prosecutors in all areas of duty including complete lack of professionalism, failure to enforce the law, refusal to protect victims, insensitivity towards victims of rape, no basic understanding of the law or duties of law enforcement officers, lack of training necessary to properly execute duties, outright misconduct on behalf of law enforcement, refusal to follow evidence-gathering procedures, refusal to conduct Identification procedures for the primary suspect in a major crime, violent crimes committed against citizens by Law enforcement, law enforcement threatening witnesses of a major crime, and any number of other violations on behalf of all systems involved. The amalgamation of these violations is tantamount to HAVING NO JUSTICE SYSTEM AT ALL, or A SYSTEM THAT HAS FOUND ITSELF MORE CRIMINALLY DESTRUCTIVE TO CITIZENS THAN THE AVERAGE THUG.
Again We firmly believe that the Royal Bahamas Police Force have conducted themselves in a manner that is in direct conflict with several of the basic duties that Bahamian Citizens should expect of the Police. We hereby, as citizens in this country who expect protection from those charged to protect us, DEMAND a FULL and OPEN investigation into the case of Rape Victim Cindy Williams of Freeport Grand Bahama and her harassment and sexual assault by 2 officers of the Police Force. We also demand that those found acting outside of the law or their duties in this case experience punishment to fullest extent of the law.
Erin Ferguson, President – Justice League
Lincoln Bain, Vice President – Justice League
Ethric Bowe, Secretary – Justice League
CC: Mr. Hubert Alexander Ingraham, Prime Minister
Mr. Michael Barnett, Chief Justice
Mr. John Delaney, Attorney General
Mr. C. Allen Johnson