“Do not be confrontational and cooperate”
The Bahamas government Friday urged nationals to exercise caution if they intend on travelling to the United States following the shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas on Thursday night.
The US authorities said that seven other police officers were shot and wounded as the lone sniper shot at white police officers in retaliation for the deaths of black people by police officers in recent days.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had taken note of the recent tensions in some American cities over shootings of young Black males by policemen.
“We wish to advise all Bahamians travelling to the US but especially to the affected cities to exercise appropriate caution generally. In particular young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police.
“Do not be confrontational and cooperate. If there is any issue please allow consular for the Bahamas to deal with the issues. Do not get involved in political or other demonstrations under any circumstances and avoid crowds,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
It said that as the island commemorates its 43rd anniversary of political independence from Britain this weekend “many Bahamians will no doubt use the opportunity to travel, in particular to destinations in the United States.
“While it is prudent for travellers to conduct themselves in an orderly manner at all times, in light of recent episodes of involving police officers and young black men in the United States, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration wishes to advise the Bahamian Public to exercise due care and attention especially when travelling to particular cities in the United States.”