Report of the Duffus Commission of Inquiry into the Breakdown of Law & Order, and Police Brutality in Grenada

Part I

Incidents of Infringements of Constitutional Rights

Paragraph 16 - II. Leonard Greenidge

16. Also in the month of May, 1973, one Leonard Greenidge was assaulted by Mr. Gairy; who held him in his collar and by one Moslyn Bishop, a police aide, who punched him on his left ear. This incident occurred at Mount Royal, the official residence of the Premier, where Greenidge had gone in response to a radio appeal by the Premier inviting able-bodied men to come to Mount Royal to be recruited as police aides.

Greenidge was very ill advised to have ventured within the walls of Mount Royal for he was a well known member of the anti-Government New Jewel Movement.

Mr. Gairy admitted in his evidence that he did hold Mr. Greenidge by his shirt when he saw him at Mount Royal, but gave it as his opinion that had he not done so and shouted at the tope of his voice to "leave him alone" the hostile crowd which was moving towards him would have beaten him up. Mr. Greenidge got away and fled from the premises.

This incident, by itself, was trivial but reference is made to it as Mr. Gairy volunteered the information that the crowd of his supporters at Mount Royal would have beaten up Greenidge as "they too knew that he was no friend of the Government nor friend of his and was in fact a very ardent antagonist." This statement by the Prime Minister lends considerable weight to the allegations of hostility and violence which supporters of the Government party were charged with exhibiting towards any person who was known or suspected of being anti-government or anti-Gairy and in particular those who were members of the New Jewel Movement.

This incident is also important as it links Mr. Gairy with Moslyn Bishop, one of the police aides of whom much more will be heard later in this report.

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