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VI Governor & Top CoP blasted for silence on spate of killings

- ‘We need answers & we need them now!’ Angelle A. Cameron demanded
Talk show host and former Mrs BVI, Angelle A. Cameron is demanding Governor John J. Rankin CMG and new commissioner, Mark Collins speak on the spate of killings that have rocked the Virgin Islands (VI) community over the past weeks. Photo: GIS/Facebook/Internet Source
Ms Catherine Pickering, 67, the territory’s latest crime fatality, succumbed on April 19, 2021, after battling shooting injuries. She was reportedly shot in the head during the robbery. Photo: Team of Reporters
Ms Catherine Pickering, 67, the territory’s latest crime fatality, succumbed on April 19, 2021, after battling shooting injuries. She was reportedly shot in the head during the robbery. Photo: Team of Reporters
Adding his voice to the conversation, Bishop John I. Cline hinted that in the same haste that the UK would take actions in the VI’s financial services sector over allegations of money laundering, he said the UK appointed governor should address the rising crime. Photo: VINO/File
Adding his voice to the conversation, Bishop John I. Cline hinted that in the same haste that the UK would take actions in the VI’s financial services sector over allegations of money laundering, he said the UK appointed governor should address the rising crime. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Talk show host and former Mrs BVI, Angelle A. Cameron is demanding Governor John J. Rankin CMG and new commissioner, Mark Collins speak on the spate of killings that have rocked the Virgin Islands (VI) community over the past weeks.

Mrs Cameron’s calls came on the Tuesday, April 20, 2021, edition of ‘My BVI,’ a social media panel show alongside Bishop John I. Cline and Dr Albert L. Thompkins. 

The panel discussion centred on the silence of persons responsible for security and safety in the Government and asked 'Why is there no visible police presence and when is our community going to finally stand up?'

Rise in blatant serious crimes now in VI 

According to the panellists, the rise in blatant, senseless crime in the VI has broken the sense of security and comfort within the communities where burglaries, murder, theft, drug trafficking and many other crimes continue to plague the territory amidst the silence of those responsible for the sector.

“We take this opportunity, and we use this platform to say to Commissioner Mark Collins and to Governor Rankin that we need to hear from you. It is important that you address our community on these issues that matter to us,” Mrs Cameron said.

She added: “It is important that we understand what the plan is going to be moving forward as it related to curbing, removing, arresting, investigating, all types and manners of crimes because we need answers and we need them now.”

Governor & ToP CoP have responsibility for security - Cameron 

Mrs Cameron said both Commissioner Collins and Governor Rankin have a responsibility of national security and should bear the burden of taking responsibility.

Adding his voice to the conversation, Bishop Cline noted that in the same haste the UK would take action in the VI’s financial services sector over allegations of money laundering, he said the UK-appointed governor should address the rising crime.  

"If chaos comes under your watch, we will blame you…you have been given responsibility for national security,” Bishop Cline said.

27 Responses to “VI Governor & Top CoP blasted for silence on spate of killings”

  • Tortoilet (21/04/2021, 18:22) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
    Crime isn't across the territory. It's in the ****hole Tortola. Fast becoming the new st Thomas. Don't tarnish the other islands with the same brush.
  • Holy is thy name (21/04/2021, 18:28) Like (42) Dislike (6) Reply
    The pastors Cline in everything except church and Sunday School.
  • Well look here (21/04/2021, 19:10) Like (64) Dislike (7) Reply
    So, the men just arrive and you sound hyped up. Give then time, I am sure they know how to do THEIR JOBS. Some of you only want your lil time in the spotlight and after the news settle down, yall forget the victims. Where were you when it had other murders???
  • Methinks (21/04/2021, 19:21) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Vi have and continues to build a society with little thought or concern about quality of life
    The people pay a price.

  • y (21/04/2021, 19:26) Like (24) Dislike (6) Reply
    Give them some time
    • observant (22/04/2021, 00:24) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
      Give them more time for what? This is war! Please take off your "living in an ideal world blinders". Crime is escalating and those tasked to Fight the War on Crime need to expedite the process to restore Law and Order to British Virgin Islands.

      Sometimes I ask myself if some of us dwell in parallel universes where paradise is their reality.
      • Well (24/04/2021, 17:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        If the Government was in charge to fight the wars and crimes in the BVI the people will be up in their a** . Right Marlon?
  • Rasta Lives (21/04/2021, 19:56) Like (3) Dislike (20) Reply
    population is black and those folks out here to see what they can accomplish for themselves because upon they return to the place of their birth they are just another statistic. what we as a people have to understand is exploitation. whites calling this place home can have anything but the black are suspects: former commissioner within five years big estate on a private beach however you and me would be under suspicion. having said all of that, it is Absolutely amazing that we are still looking forward to the white boy to save us.. what a people that slave mentality is still live and direct within some of we; i will continue to say where these people comes from crime is a way of life; but it is frightening to people of the virgin islands some might recall a murder once every 5 to 10 years. you talk show host stop looking upward to your former masters and big up yourself and recall that it is our own black parents that took us out of the bird sanctuary. mr commissioner and mr governor only out here on an contractual obligation for five years/ caribbean people send out their money via money gram mr slice bread does wire transfers....try stop the lip service because with your talk show finish things will keep on keeping(business as usual )
  • chosen (21/04/2021, 19:59) Like (45) Dislike (2) Reply
    The guys just took over and you all are already bashing them wow come on
  • SMH (21/04/2021, 20:06) Like (45) Dislike (4) Reply
    She is so dumb. They call for self determination then when the s**t hits the fan they suddenly know who was in charge.
  • snow flakes (21/04/2021, 20:21) Like (40) Dislike (1) Reply
    getting upset with the police department and the white house and it your own people grabbing, looting and killing
  • is it because i'm black (21/04/2021, 20:23) Like (7) Dislike (25) Reply
    If it was the other race that was getting kill then them would've been more visible and available
    • because i am black (21/04/2021, 21:54) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      the day they rob or kill a white resident we will be the full extent of the law. while under curfew white violators and black violators were treated very different. blacks were tased while white boys went home
  • Rudolph (21/04/2021, 21:19) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    We really should not be calling out the governor nor the police chief in these matters.

    Not long ago I had a chat with a local regarding an unsolved killing here in the BVI. He claimed to have had some insight into the matter.
    When asked why not share that info with the police, the response was, "not me Mehson, jus leave that alone right whea it tase."

    With such mentality and apprehension and/or fear just what is the authorities expected to do? So I wouldn't be too quick to arrive at negative conclusions my friends.
    Perhaps we can all ask "what do I know or have heard that I can share no matter how minute or seemingly irrelevant?" It may just be what's needed for the solution.
    To our own selves let us all be true!!!!
  • Issues (21/04/2021, 23:34) Like (52) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's our own people who are committing these crimes. Last year you all organized a March for George Floyd and kneeled for minutes, but keep silent for 11 year old Trinity, F. Penn, (double murder), Wolf, the double murder at the ASPS, the murder up Horse Path etc, etc.....March against those unsolved murders...clean your back yards first before you take up America's issues. We are the ones to blame, we the people of the BVI know who are committing these crimes, but refused say anything, because they are our family, friends and neighbors. It have to STOP.
  • Yeesh (22/04/2021, 07:39) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    Man does everyone in here get a talk show now? Who is listening to all this trash
  • OMG (22/04/2021, 08:14) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    Wow, us poor black people. What is wrong with us r we that blind that we aren't learn n from history! What makes u think these white people the same ones who enslaved us oppressed us care anything about us?!?!.
  • Joshua (22/04/2021, 08:58) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    If you need a crime free society it is easy but not feasible. Assign a police officer to every resident. The officer go where they go. The the bathroom to sh.t to school to their work place, case solve. These nondeplu...s getting an audience to make folks believe that they are SMART. Who is the lady and what authority does she possess to demand anything from the governor. If she want credence and credibility come out of the studio, get petitions, organize a March, go to the governor mansion and police HQ and see who is with you or stop spinning a top in mud former beauty. Yea I know I'm bad. Signed Joshua.

  • @ Issues (22/04/2021, 09:16) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    well put my friend and it's a pity that some of our people are blinded by hypocrisy and ignorance in this 21st century and to add insult to injury those with dirty minds and unclean hands are showing the rest of the world with all the natural beauty that we enjoy here ,that there still those of us who cannot respect / grasp / see / or inhale any of all those gifts of mother nature , their minds are in the gutter what a pity
  • Interesting (22/04/2021, 10:06) Like (36) Dislike (0) Reply
    When the Gov. and COP begin to start talk and do what needs to be done then you people are the same ones complaining and making it bad you all dont know what to do to please you the previous Gov wanted to put their ship out to the border you cry because you all want the gun and drugs coming in because they are your own. Come on man. And a lot of you knows these scumbags belong to your home and are friends and not talking speak up speak out and you see the difference. I think CCTV on every hills corners blocks near to every house flying drones regularly night and day this will help. Not guns.customs need to start changing up their employees last minute if they schedule to work at west this morning use your work vehicle to switch them around. Let different ones check on the containers to be cleared use metal detecters to check for guns that are hidden come on man guns dont sell here legally so how the guns coming. These are solutions. We dont like changes but sometimes changes are good. This little treasured island needs to go back where it once use to be protect it save it help it love it clean it up
  • honest (22/04/2021, 10:14) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is sad that some people like to throw blame. What is your role? When the former governor and police commissioner spoke about crime in this territory , they were lambasted in the media. Where is the government in this case? What role should the people’s representatives play, what is the role of the media? Everyone in the country has a role to play. Time to be honest. Do your part.
  • SDRVANT OF THR MOST HIGH GOD IN CHRIST JRSUS (22/04/2021, 10:27) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    "RIGHTEOUSNESS EXALTS A NATION: BUT SIN (DEVILISH PRACTISES) IS A REPROACH TO ANY PEOPLE." "THE LORD IS FAR FROM THE WICKED." BUT HE HEARS THE PRAYERS OF TGE RIGHTEOUS." BUT IN EVDRY NATION ALL THEY THAT FEAR HIM, AND DO RIGHTEOUSMESS, IS ACCEPTED WITH HIM." PROVERBS 14:34
  • @ HOLY is thy name (22/04/2021, 10:28) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well some of these CANARIES are showing their faces now / looks like they are saying that the governor and commissioner are supposed to be magicians / instead of trying something CONSTRUCTIVE like reaching out to their family and special friends to reveal those loving perpetrators who they full well know who are involved / it is really shameful and appalling that the people with so much knowledge and a high level in society would be so barefaced to deceive instead of enlightening their own BVILANDERS with the truth
  • Sherlock (22/04/2021, 14:14) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    I am hoping that the UK will take full control
    of these VI. We have proven to be incapable by making the VI the septic tank . We had plenty time but it is getting worse . If UK ctizens are permitted to vote and run for office here, things will improve. For starters, incinerator would be fixed . Property value increase.
    • @sherlock (22/04/2021, 18:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      And we will all have water. LIttle things that respect our humanity.
  • Connections (23/04/2021, 08:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    She wants the new Gov and CoP to have more connections than she has after being here for weeks. People like her through family and friends could solve every crime here. They just have to talk.


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