Thursday 29 October, 2020

2018 Trou Macaque police killings referred to DPP

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has completed its preliminary investigation into a 2018 police-involved shooting in Trou Macaque, Laventille.

The PCA on Tuesday confirmed the completion of that phase of the investigation.

Its findings have been forwarded to the Office of the Director of Prosecution (DPP) for further action in accordance with the principles of due process.

The police-involved shooting took place on October 25, 2018.

The deceased- Shakeem Francois, 15; Kadeem Phillip, 17; Shaundell St. Clair, 20; Mishack Douglas, 22 and 23-year-old Nicholas Barker were shot while playing cards while members of the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) were conducting an exercise.
After analysis of the evidence gathered by PCA investigators, the information was sent to the DPP, in accordance with Section 30 (1) of the PCA Chap. 15:05.

The Act states: “The Authority may conduct a preliminary investigation to assist it to identify whether or not there is conduct to justify a more complete investigation under the Act, or refer it to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Commissioner or the Commission for further action”.

The PCA said its investigations and recommendations should provide assurance to both the public and Police that deaths or serious injuries that happen during or following police contact would be properly handled.

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