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

Part III

The Royal Grenada Police Force and the Recruitment and Function of Police Aides

Paragraph 77. - Police Constable Calliste - His evidence

77. The evidence of Police Constable Calliste was in sharp contrast to that of Sgt. Sayers. He was unexpectedly requested at very short notice to give evidence before the Commission later that day - Friday, April 26, 1974.

He was at the St. David's station when Moslyn Bishop and other police aides brought in Eric Campbell and Eslyn Christopher. [Moslyn] Bishop spoke to Sgt. Sayers and then telephoned Mr. Belmar. Sgt. Sayers instructed Calliste to join him and accompany Bishop with the prisoners and the other men.

Calliste had a rifle and five rounds of ammunition. Sgt. Sayers instructed six police aides to accompany him. They were Winston Hagley, Alister MacDonald, Abraham Hypolite, Roy Edwards, Leonard Noel, and Augustine Hankey. Eric Campbell and Eslyn Christopher were placed in the car with Willie Bishop and other police aides. No member of the Police Force was included.

Moslyn Bishop travelled in the police vehicle with Sgt. Sayers and P.C. Calliste. When they reached Vincennes an unsuccessful effort was made to apprehend Teddy Victor during which Willie Bishop fired a shot from a revolver he had.

At Dudmar Junction Joseph Grainger was held. Willie Bishop hit him in the head with the butt of his gun while Moslyn Bishop and other [illegible multiple words].

P.C. Calliste was asked why he took no action in his capacity as a policeman. His reply was -

"there was a superior officer, sir, the sergeant in charge, and if he feels that it was right, I only had to sit down and see what was being done at the time."

A reply both disturbing and distressing, having regard to the justifiable expectation of high performance of public duty by members of a police force charged with the responsibility of protecting members of the public; but nevertheless a poignant portrayal of the low levels of morale and courage to which had gradually fallen certain sections of the public service.

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