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Open letter concerning the untimely death of Bermuda MP Shawn Crockwell
Published on June 16, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

Wednesday, June 14th 2017

Hon. Premier Michael Dunkley
Hon. Senator Jeff Baron, Minster of National Security
The Cabinet Building
105 Front Street, Hamilton,

His Excellency, John Rankin CMG
Government House,
Langton Hill, Hamilton,

Re: Independent Investigation into the untimely death of Mr. Shawn Crockwell, J.P, M.P

Dear Sirs,

On behalf of a large portion of our community, I write today to implore you to authorize the commencement of an independent investigation into the sudden and unexpected death of Mr. Shawn Crockwell, J.P, M.P. His passing in such dubious circumstances via the backdrop of recent social and political turmoil, coupled with his recent revelations and latest declaration as to how he’d vote with respect to the impending vote (of no confidence) has rocked our island community and has caused a foreboding sense of anxiety, distrust and suspicious apprehension.

Please have regard to the temperature of the community and the increasingly dismal view directly attributed to this occurrence that has been adopted by a large swath of our populace, especially our young Bermudians. It is a real fear that if we don’t act with what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. referred to as the ‘swift urgency of now’ and engage an independent investigation to provide the much needed clarity that the response will not manifest itself in the traditional Bermudian manner.

Let me speak plain and be clearly spoken; this request does not attach by implication, innuendo, thoughts of impropriety or otherwise, nor does it call into question the high quality of work and impartiality that our local investigative services are capable of. This is about ensuring that we are giving due regard to the temperature of the community and ensuring the public’s confidence in the process.

Simply put, we have lost a son of the soil in extremely disquieting circumstances, a man who served this country with great pride and effectiveness; as such, and amid this spectre of societal anxiety, he and his family and the wider community are well deserving of having this matter dealt with independently and expeditiously. Mr. Crockwell’s family should be allowed to identify and engage the professionals involved in such an investigation and the government should cover all reasonable and customary costs.

An independent investigation surrounding Mr. Crockwell’s death is an absolutely necessity if we are to preserve the future where justice and its interest is not only done, but also seen to be done. I pray that an independent investigation is actioned forthwith.

Yours Sincerely,

Eron Hill
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