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 161. - THE RIOT ON JANUARY 21, 1974 [PART 11] - The evidence of Osbert James

161. Among the many matters ag. Commissioner James spoke about was the incident on January 21. He was then in charge of the Eastern Division and was called into St. George's. Sometime after 12 noon on that day he was at the Central Station when "some people were going by the hospital with cuts and they say 'you police sit down there and they killing people down by Otway House'." It was in these circumstances that Mr. James said he received information about the incident between the demonstrators and the police aides. He asked his telecommunication section to find out what was the position and he learned there were disturbances. He therefore sent Asst. Supt. Christopher with other men.

Q. Well you did learn that Mr. Rupert Bishop was fatally shot down there that afternoon.
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Did you get a report as to how this happened or what caused the incident?
A. No sir, I heard that Mr. Rupert (Bishop) was dead. I had not report as to the cause of death.
Q. You didn't cause the matter to be investigated?
A. The C.I.D. people was on the spot.
Q. So you didn't see it necessary to give them any particular instructions in the matter.
A. The C.I.D. officer was on the spot down there.
Q. So I am going to ask you if you didn't think it necessary to give them any particular instructions?
A. No I gave no instructions, sir.
Q. Well, do you know if th matter was investigated?
A. I don't know, sir.
Q. Up to today you don't know if it is investigated?
A. I don't know, sir.

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