The Attorney-at-law, whose expletive laced tirade against a Police officer was caught on video, is offering an apology for his language.
The Attorney, who gave his name in the video as Ryan “F%@#ing” Crawford, issued a statement on his Facebook page, saying that his behaviour was not proper and he apologises for it.
“I am not trying to justify my behavior. My language was not proper as an officer of the courts nor as a member of the Bar of Guyana. I apologize for my language, but I’m not sorry for questioning any arbitrary authority”, Crawford said in his statement.
The Attorney explained that on September 13th, he became upset after he was singled out from a line of vehicles traveling about 25km by a police officer, “who was standing on the opposite carriage way along the vicinity of Mahaicony public road with two others”.
He said that after complying with the officer to stop, he was ordered to the side of the road where he waited.
“At all times my two front glass were down. After waiting for awhile and not given any explanation or reason for the stop, I became angry for the detention’.
Mr. Crawford said his frustration led him to use “many colorful expletives to get my point across to the officer for the illegal stop”, adding that “there were things said prior to the filming”.
The Attorney said that as a practicing attorney in both the civil and criminal courts, he has seen and heard of the plight of citizens of the country at the hands of some in the police force.
“My frustration has been brewing for awhile. I’m still dealing with matters started 18 years ago by my then father Senior Counsel Marcel Crawford in the court. There are so many more important issues in this country that are not being addressed by this government”, he noted.
“To my family(my children who are upset with me), my secretaries, friends and colleagues of the Bar, I am sorry for my language on that video. However, I remain defiant to any injustice especially what is happening with police brutality in the USA”, Crawford said.
The Guyana Police Force has indicated that it has since completed an investigation of the incident and the file has been sent to the Police Force’s legal adviser for further advice.
The incident has triggered a lively debate on social media about random stops by Police Officers and the respect that ought to be given to Police Officers.