Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Grenada
Report on certain political events
which occurred in Grenada 1976-1991

VOLUME ONE

PART 6

Section 1:

TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE OF WITNESSES

WITNESS FIVE

WITNESS FIVE from Telescope, St. Andrew's, came before the Commission on November 13th, 2001.

I am stationed at Central Police Station situated on the Carenage. I have been a police officer up to the day of March 13th, 1979 when I was working in the Police Station. I was picked up by the Revolutionary Army and accused of being a counter-revolutionary according to the law.

Q:  Commissioner:  What rank were you at?
A: Witness: I was a Constable.

[The witness continued]

I was taken to Fort George where I was blindfolded and hand-cuffed. On my arrival at Fort George, I was greeted with some licks, kicks, cuffs, boxes, and so on. I was then taken to something like a cell where I was locked inside with blood flowing from my face and mouth. About half an hour after, I heard a cell door opened and was greeted with a bucket of cold water that was splashed on me. Then they locked back the cell door, leaving me inside.

During the day at about 11:00 or 12:00 when the sun is very hot they would take me out of the cell and put me on the hot wall. That is on Fort George. At one stage, myself, (xxx) who is an ex-police, stayed there for about two (2) hours blindfolded. I was then taken to the Richmond Hill Prison about a week after. When I was in prison, something happened outside and they took us altogether from the prison and brought us back to Fort George. I think they held some people for counter-revolutionary causes. They held them for guns and ammunition, and they were interrogated by (xxx)

Q:  Commissioner:  About how long were you in prison before they brought you back to the Fort?
A: Witness: A few days. There was a cruise ship that passed the port of St. George's and it passed too close to the harbour and they started to shoot . I remembered they took us blindfolded and they put us to lie down in a pit on the Fort, and then lined us up at the wall. I remembered hearing them say it was a mercenary boat. We got licks from the square (sic) back of the cell. The experience I had was very horrible, and every time I think about it, it causes me to get sick. The cut on my hand is from the bonnet from an AK gun, and I have a mark on my forehand.

Q:  Commissioner:  Did you recognize any of the people?
A: Witness: I could remember one, I believe it was (xxx) cut my hand. I think he was the one who cut Maurice Bishop's neck. It was a real sat time, and I couldn't believe people were so cruel.

Q:  Commissioner:  You got no medical attention?
A: Witness: No. They were not studying you at that time. Those times you stayed there with blood on your skin. During the lunch time, to get something to eat, if the prison bake bread you would not get fresh bread, you will get the stale bread, and we got only two meals - morning and evening.

Q:  Commissioner:  You get any impression whether any of these people were taking drugs?
A: Witness: When we were on the Fort, most of the army men were smoking marijuana in the open. At that stage when the Revolution took over, the police had no say. The army was in control. You could not tell them anything. One thing they made sure was that if any of the P.R.A. was supporting anybody in prison, the would beat them and disqualify them from the army. (xxx) who was from Gouyave, was a Lieutenant on the Fort. At one time, he turned and said,

Don't treat people like that,
the Revolution is not about that.

He was reported, and that morning when he came to work, they took his gun, brought him in the square and they beat him mercilessly and told him these are the people who he is supporting, and showed him us. I remained in prison for two (2) years and eleven (11) months.

Q:  Commissioner:  If they had nothing against you, why were they keeping you all this time?
A: Witness: When the Revolution took place, all police officers were deemed "Gairy Police", so whether you did nothing, they just put you inside.

This witness said that when he was arrested, he was dismissed from his job as a police officer. He got no salary during his detention. "All detainees", he said, "should have been compensated." This witness is seeking compensation.

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