This latest story making the rounds about a disagreement between Asot Michael and Police officer at a Carnival fete is really something else. Pure vindictive, petty politics, if you ask me.
Carnival use to be a time that we all enjoy ourselves as Antiguans and Barbudans. Traditionally, we would put party politics aside and join together as one enjoying the sun, the music and other festivities. Unfortunately, this is not so now for Asot Michael who once again has become the Red Nose Deer in the headlights of the Gaston Browne Led Antigua Labour Party Administration. Boy is that Red Machine steering to run him down and over. He cannot avoid them, like we cannot avoid the potholes in our roads.
Asot Michael in his usual jovial manner (which is at times uncomfortable for some) attended the Rise Fete on the Morning of the 6th August 2023. He was joking around with some police offices apparently — some known to him and some clearly not appreciative of his gestures of friendship. He apparently went to touch a female officer on her face cheek, but she pulled away and expressed her strong disgust at him. Some say he actually touched her face cheek; some say he was not able to as she pulled away. But bear in mind this is a touch not a grab.
Having been spoken to by a senior officer on duty Mr. Michael found it appropriate to go to the Officer to apologize and whilst doing so Mr. Michael was assaulted by a male police officer casing extensive injury to his right hand. That Officer, said to be the boyfriend of the female officer threatened to beat Mr. Michael up. He tried to slap Mr. Michael, but other officers intervened. Michael had offered no resistance whatsoever to either the female Officer who refused his greeting, the Senior Officer who spoke to him or the Young Officer who injured his arm and tried to slap him.
Is it not wrong for the officer who is romantically involved with the aggrieved officer to get involved if she complains she was touched? Should he not have simply reported to the numerous senior officers that were present instead of trying to beat up and arrest Mr. Michael on the basis of what his girlfriend said? Is that how it works now?
The obviously politically motivated female officer is now making allegations of clothes being pulled down or blouse being opened and touching inappropriately. Were these in her report? Are these things true or is someone looking for something? Who is now driving that Big Red Machine that is attempting yet again to Run Down Asot Michael?
Boy Asot best you just tap Home for Carnival 2024, mind how you walk!