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Cops in Morvant police killings will no longer be on active duty

File photo: Police Commissioner, Gary Griffith

File photo: Police Commissioner, Gary Griffith

The police officers whose weapons were discharged during the shooting incident in Morvant will no longer be on active duty.

The officers have been removed from administrative and operational duty.

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith made the announcement while speaking at a media briefing on Tuesday at the Police Administration Building in Port of Spain.

"With immediate effect, all those involved in firing their weapons during this incident would no longer be on active duty, either operational or administrative. I expect that the Police Complaints Authority's findings would be sent to me as quickly as possible for me to take decisive action and disciplinary action, if required, or to ensure the officers report to full duty based on the findings."

He added: "This is not in anyway to be seen as a sign that the officers are being accused or blamed or disciplined for wrongdoing."

It comes one day after Director of the Police Complaints Authority David West formally advised the Commissioner of Police that officers involved in the fatal shooting of three Morvant men should be suspended. Joel Jacobs, Israel Moses Clinton and Noel Diamond we gunned down on June 27.

A video of the incident went viral on social media sparking days of protests in and around the capital city.

Responding to the PCA's recommendation, the Commissioner of Police said he would not be pressured or bullied into making any decisions based on emotions or otherwise.

"This situation is getting more and more like a lynch mob wanting immediate action with no due process."

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