Wednesday 19 December, 2018

Watch: Deaf man shot in second round of fiery Laventille protests

One man had to be conveyed to hospital after he was shot in East, Port-of-Spain, as protests intensified in the Laventille area on Monday, following the police-involved shooting of Akile "Christmas" James.

A statement from the Police Service noted that a joint army and police presence were in the area to quell the second round of fiery protests at Picadilly, Oxford and Besson Streets around 2 pm.

This, "as protesters played a dangerous game of cat and mouse with police"

According to the release, 39-year-old Akiel Baisden had to be transported to the Port of Spain General Hospital in a passing police vehicle, after being shot in the left leg.

Baisden was said to be walking along Riley Street, East Dry River around 3:30 pm when the incident occurred.

Please be advised that the video contains imagery that may be disturbing to some. Viewer discretion is advised.

Earlier, police and army personnel were called out to keep the peace and remove debris that had been strewn across several streets in the wake of the police-related shooting.

The joint contingent, using heavy equipment, cleared several streets including Observatory; Bath; Oxford; Quarry, Basilon, Charlotte and Picadilly.


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