He is “very unhappy” with the way in which the police treat ordinary people.
That’s what attorney Bernard Wiltshire, a former attorney general, has been telling Dominica News Online.
Wiltshire is suing the police for what he described as his “wrongful” arrest in June of 2011, over his alleged involvement in a passport scam.
He was again arrested on Monday (30th January 2012) in connection with the same alleged scam, and was scheduled to make an appearance in court on Tuesday morning.
Speaking to DNO prior to his Monday arrest, Bernard Wiltshire accused the police of abusing their authority in their treatment of people held in detention.
He said as a lawyer he was being told of such abuses “all the time” by individuals affected by the alleged mistreatment.
“I mean a lot of nonsense happens here, and oppression happens here the police constantly assault people, beat them in the police station,” Wiltshire told DNO.
“Jack them, beat them, injure them, burst their heads. You know there is a whole culture of impunity in the police force in Dominica and that has to stop,” the former attorney general said.
He believes that the police have a role to play in helping Dominicans “have a sense of dignity” by respecting their rights even when they have been arrested.
“The quality of how we treat people, bespeaks the quality of our civilization,” Wiltshire suggested, adding that he hopes his civil lawsuit against the police would help make that point.
“Our people must have that sense of dignity, that sense of security, that sense that they belong, that sense that they are somebody, that sense that they have rights and nobody can just come and ride roughshod over their rights,” Wiltshire, a fiery and charismatic activist in his younger days, told DNO.