12 men, 1 woman arrested on Eleuthera

12 men, 1 woman arrested on Eleuthera

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Police on Eleuthera have arrested 12 men and one woman over the weekend for breaking the COVID-19 curfew.

The suspects are expected to be formally charged before the Magistrate Court.

ASP Audley Peters, police press liason, told Eyewitness News he could not confirm whether the arrests are connected to a reported motorcade which took place on Friday.

During his national address on Sunday, Minnis scolded residents in South Eleuthera for not cooperating during the weekend lockdown.

“I’m extremely disappointed with the behavior of those in South Eleuthera who had engaged in a car motorcade on Friday,” he said.

When asked about the incident, Peters said he was not aware of the matter and could not provide any information on it.

About Sloan Smith

Sloan Smith is a senior digital reporter at Eyewitness News, covering a diverse range of beats, from politics and crime to environment and human interest. In 2018, Sloan received a nomination for the “Leslie Higgs Feature Writer of The Year Award” from The Bahamas Press Club for her work with Eyewitness News.


It’s a national disgrace that the commissioner of Police doesn’t have flexibility to direct his officers to exercise common sense and discretion when executing the curfew emergency laws. Persons exercising responsible social distance in a drive by to show support of a grieving mother should never be dragged to court in a free democratic society. This now seems to be all about intimidating citizens, collection of court fees and not about focus needed to reopen.
Focus to reopen, wide spread testing, facilitation of safe business reopening measures and reopening general society, should become the primary headlines of news media and responsible commissions, starting with the Prime Minister.
We, the people ,are not responsible for existence of the pandemic and need not be persecuted for it. We should be treated with due respect from all officials, and not as irresponsible, ignorant people. This is a pandemic in a democratic nation, not a communistic army run society. That’s not what the people expect. We are not out running crazy on the streets, we have been in general compliance with the emergency response laws in place. Each incident the police encounter should be considered in terms of the precautions that have been taken in coming outside and the purpose. In many countries drive by appreciation with prudent social distance is acceptable in pandemic.
Right now we need pressure on government to lead us safely into reopening, not lockup stories, of no benefit to anyone but the court budget

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