Retired Police Commissioner Nuffield Burnette Pushes for Police Accountability Board Amid Rising Concerns


Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, Nuffield Burnette, is intensifying efforts to establish a Police Accountability Board in response to mounting concerns about transparency and accountability in law enforcement.

He argues that this board is essential to rebuild public trust in the police force.

Burnette has persistently advocated for an independent body to investigate cases involving police officers, emphasizing that without strong accountability mechanisms, faith in law enforcement remains fragile.

Burnette’s calls for accountability have gained momentum after a tragic incident on July 31, where Mannie James, an unarmed individual, lost his life during a routine stop-and-search operation that escalated into a high-speed chase ending in fatal gunshot wounds.

Another case involving the police shooting of mentally ill Rashawn Shabazz has added urgency to Burnette’s plea.

He envisions the board’s primary role as conducting thorough investigations into allegations of misconduct and improper use of force by police officers.

Burnette’s unwavering goal is to transform the law enforcement system, making it transparent and accountable, thereby restoring public confidence in the process.

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  1. I hope the powers that be sees the need and relevance for setting up such a board. It is an excellent suggestion by retired Assistant Commissioner Burnette. Given all the recent complaints of police excesses, such a board is needed now more than ever. Such a board will investigate allegations and practices of police wrong doing, craft legislation for systemic change and also hold hearings and make recommendations. The police must always be seen to be acting with impartiality and integrity in the carrying out of their duties. I support your call Mr Burnette.

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    Nat wan single problem min day when u a de head!!! Now dat you garn, u know fee pint out problem. Butta kooyah!!! 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 one slice a hypocrisy from Silver Streak Bakery coming right up.

  3. This man speaking about accountability? I wonder if he remembers the life changing effect he did to the man when the court was on Nevis street. He kick dung one man.

  4. I think that’s a great idea. We definitely need a board like that in Antigua and every country.. Ignore the negative ‘Nancies: Set it up ASAP!

    • Yes, but retired police officers should *be* disqualified from serving on that board. Why? Because they will not be sufficiently objective — More often than not, they’ll be more sympathetic to the offending officers.

  5. Come on @Tenman! If by AG you mean Cutie Shamu Benjamin, then we are going to wait till hell freezes over for that to happen. Shamu is arguably one of the most inept, incompetent, corrupt AG, good at talking but does absolutely nothing.
    However, I will never understand why law enforcement does not have someone watching them.
    In most countries, it’s called, Internal Affairs (IA). An independent department monitoring the actions of the police. When they shot that man in the back, those involved would have been suspended, with or without pay, pending an investigation. If it is discovered that it was murder, that police would be charged accordingly and prosecuted to full extent of the law.
    It is long overdue, but expect nothing from the current AG.

  6. I submitted years ago such board should exist, the board can not just be a review board but has police powers only towards police and even judges for any violation of law and misconduct.

    At no time should police investigate police. A completely independent and different entity should be responsible for that.

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