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

Part IV

Events Subsequent to November 18, 1973

Paragraph 164. - THE RIOT ON JANUARY 21, 1974 [PART 14] - The evidence of Garfield Brathwaite

164. On January 21, 1974 Garfield Brathwaite was driving his bus No. 5316 at about 12:30 p.m. along Tyrrel Street in St. George's. He was on his way to the General Hospital to take lunch for his uncle who was then a patient there. The bus was unable to go up Tyrrel Street because the street was blocked by a nutmeg truck.

Consequently, Brathwaite came out of the bus which he left in charge of George Philbert, a driver, and, with lunch basket in hand he proceeded on foot on Tyrrel Street towards the General Hospital.

He saw two uniformed policemen armed with rifles. They were running behind some people, men, women and children. Brathwaite said he became afraid and turned back. He started to run. He heard an explosion and he fell. He got up and noticed his leg was bleeding by the ankle. He stood up and one of the policemen ran towards him with a smoking rifle - the other policeman had disappeared. The policeman then shot Brathwaite again higher up on his leg. He fell again.

The policeman stood over him and said "All you them Jewel all you can't hear. I am going to kill all you."

About that time police Constable Myers arrived. Brathwaite knew Myers well. Myers, in the presence of the other policeman said "Boy you get an innocent shot."

The basket with the lunch was scattered on the ground. Myers then stopped a taxi driven by a man named 'Bogo' and sent Brathwaite to the hospital.

As a result of the gun shot injuries Brathwaite had three surgical operations and remained a patient in the General Hospital for 41 days.

When he gave evidence in May, 1974, he was unable to walk without the help of crutches. He claimed that as a result of enquiries he made he learned that the police constable who shot him is P.C. 202 John.

He said that no policeman, including P.C. Myers, has ever made any enquiry from him about his injuries.

Garfield Brathwaite is a member of the New Jewel Movement.

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