Former police officer and local musician Burmon Scott spent about 30 hours in lock up last year, following his arrest by UK Metropolitan Police officers investigating alleged police misconduct and corruption in Cayman.
He was later cleared of any criminal wrong-doing.
‘I will never forget how some of my (former) police co-workers ignored me and pretended that they didn’t know who I was,’ Mr. Scott said during an interview with the Caymanian Compass in 2008. ‘I remember putting my hand out to shake the hand of a good friend of mine and he pulled his hand away, as if he didn’t want the English officers [to] see him shake my hand.’
Now, Mr. Scott has written a song about the arrest, the Met team, certain UK police investigators and the government’s involvement.
The ditty, dubbed All the Money Soon Done, appears as track number eight on local band Los Tropicanos’ latest album. Los Tropicanos is Mr. Scott’s band.
Mr. Scott, who is suing the Cayman Islands government for his alleged wrongful arrest by the Met team, said he is aware the song might be viewed as controversial.
‘I checked with my lawyer first before putting [the song] out,’ Mr. Scott said.
The opening stanza slams former Met team investigators Martin Bridger and Richard Coy for Scott’s arrest calling the police probe – dubbed Operation Tempura – ‘a big scheme.’
‘Governor Jack running up a big tab; putting the island 50 years back; Commissioner (Stuart) Kernohan ain’t coming back; Cabinet say no more funds to run this show,’ a portion of the song goes.
Governor Stuart Jack, who left the Cayman Islands for good on 2 December, features prominently in the song as Mr. Scott musically asks why the governor ‘wont’ let go’ of the investigation.
‘All the money in the house soon done; Chuckie and Alden getting on bad; getting the governor real mad; and the people want to know; when the governor is letting go,’ the tune continues, referencing former Cabinet ministers Alden McLaughlin and Charles Clifford, who often criticised Governor Jack over the police corruption investigation.
The song also takes aim at the arrests of Grand Court Justice Alexander Henderson and suspended Deputy Police Commissioner Rudolph Dixon, both of whom were later cleared of all criminal allegations.
‘Arresting Henderson and me; even the first investigation; that’s the one they should concentrate on; so much chaos in this country; all the money in the house soon done; while Martin Bridger having his fun.’
The first investigation is a reference to claims that involved a deputy police commissioner allegedly giving confidential police information to a local newspaper publisher. The Met team’s investigation of those claims cleared both the deputy commissioner and the publisher.
Three people: Mr. Henderson, Mr. Scott and Mr. Kernohan have sued the Cayman Islands government in the wake of Operation Tempura, with Justice Henderson winning a $1.275 million settlement against the government.