Two days after a video started making the rounds on social media with a foul mouthed Attorney berating a Traffic Cop in an expletive laced tirade, the Guyana Bar Association has said that it prefers to “refrain at this time” from offering a comment on the Attorney’s behaviour since the issue is under probe.
In the release, the Bar Association said it “holds its members to the highest standards of ethics and conduct and implores them to conduct themselves, at all times, in a manner befitting that of our most noble and esteemed profession”.
However, the Association also noted that the matter is under investigation and it would refrain from offering comment, adding that it trusts that the investiation will “include the circumstances surrounding the recording, publication and sharing of the video.”
From all appearances the video appeared to have been recorded by the Traffic Cop who stopped Attorney Ryan Crawford along the East Coast corridor. Senior Police ranks have told News Source that there is no regulation in place that prevents a Policeman from recording such stops.
But the Bar Association also said that would like to inform the general public that “a motorist can only be stopped by a uniformed police officer for due cause if he has formed the reasonable suspicion in his mind that an offence has been committed”.
In the video, where the Attorney provided his name as Ryan F@#$ing Crawford, he berated the officer for stopping him, declaring that he must give him a reason for stopping him. When the Officer responded that he observed the vehicle and observed that he could not have observed the driver properly, the Attorney responded with a profanity laced objection to being stopped, claiming that he was behind two trucks.
“I was behind two trucks, so what you telling me man, what s@#%t you telling me man? What F$%#ing nonsense you telling me? What F%$#ing nonsense? Hello, My name is Ryan F@#$ing Crawford, you tell them, whoever you taking to, Attorney-at-F#@%ing-Law, you hear me? So F#$k you”, the Attorney declared.
The video recording went on for another three minutes of the Attorney cursing out the Traffic Officer even as another man in his car pleaded with him to “leh we go lang nah man”.
The Attorney maintained that he was “stopped illegally on the f#$%ing road”. He refused to show the Traffic officer his driver’s license when asked to do so.
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.
Many have said that while they believe the Attorney had a right to question why he was stopped, his profanity laced response to an officer in uniform was uncalled for and disrespectful of the lawman.
Others have indicated that they believe the Attorney’s response may be as a result of his frustration with the “system” that allows Police Officers to randomly stop drivers.