Po­lice Shoot­ings in Amer­ica trig­ger Ba­hamas Ad­vi­sory for US-bound Ci­ti­zens

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

It’s usu­ally the other way around, but the Ba­hamas is is­su­ing ad­vi­sories to its ci­ti­zens who’re plan­ning to go to the United States.

The rare travel ad­vi­sory cites racial ten­sions, and rec­om­mends that young men in par­tic­u­lar ex­er­cise cau­tion in cities im­pacted by re­cent po­lice shoot­ings. The Caribbean na­tion warned its res­i­dents, nearly 91 per­cent of whom are black, to be aware of po­ten­tially volatile sit­u­a­tions in the US and act ac­cord­ingly.

“In par­tic­u­lar, young males are asked to ex­er­cise ex­treme cau­tion in af­fected cities in their in­ter­ac­tions with the po­lice,” said the ad­vi­sory is­sued by the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and Im­mi­gra­tion. “Do not be con­fronta­tional, and co­op­er­ate.”

“Pay at­ten­tion to the pub­lic no­tices and news an­nounce­ments in the city that you are vis­it­ing,” the ad­vi­sory added.

The gov­ern­ment also rec­om­mended that its ci­ti­zens con­tact con­sular of­fices if a sit­u­a­tion arose, and dis­cour­aged par­tic­i­pa­tion in any po­lit­i­cal or other demon­stra­tions “un­der any cir­cum­stances and avoid crowds.”

The bul­letin did not men­tion any spe­cific cities or par­tic­u­lar in­ci­dents, such as the fa­tal shoot­ings of Al­ton Ster­ling by po­lice last Tues­day in Ba­ton Rouge, Louisiana and Phi­lando Castile a day later in subur­ban St Paul, Min­nesota.

Five po­lice of­fi­cers were sub­se­quently killed and seven oth­ers wounded at a protest in Dal­las — mark­ing the dead­li­est day for US law en­force­ment since the Septem­ber 11, 2001, ter­ror­ist at­tacks – and the un­rest con­tin­ues.

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