The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) confirmed today that “one man has been taken into custody” in connection with a local “Drill” music video “being circulated on social media promoting violence against police officers”.
In a statement released today, a police spokesman said: “While freedom of speech is protected under law, inciting violence is not and we thoroughly condemn the message being promoted in this video – or any communication that suggests or threatens violence against any member of the public.”
As a result, he said: “One man has been taken into custody in connection with this matter pending further inquiries and we encourage persons with information to come forward.
“All information will be treated in the strictest of confidence,” he added.
Police Commissioner Stephen Corbishley said: “I have seen the relevant video and compare it to some of the challenges faced overseas in tackling what is known as ‘Drill music’ where content refers to gang violence and the use of firearms, with ‘drill’ being a slang term for the use of automatic weapons.
“This video is most concerning and the BPS have already made one arrest and are actively searching to detain others involved,” he said.
“There are many positive aspects of urban street music to express views in a constructive way but Drill music is not one of them, not least as it is indicative of associated gang violence.
“Therefore, the circulation of this video has given the BPS the opportunity to now investigate any criminal behaviour by those involved, not least in relation to potential offences related to the lyrics of the track.”
Anyone with any information regarding the individuals who appeared in this music video or those who were involved in producing this music video are urged to call the Criminal Investigation Department on 247-1744.
Alternatively, members of the public with relevant information are encouraged to provide it anonymously by calling the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline 800-8477 or by submitting a tip at www.crimestoppers.bm.