Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Gary denies Laventille protests following police shooting

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is denying social media claims that there were unlawful protests in Laventille on Friday after five men were killed in a shootout with police on Thursday night.

Griffith made the comment via a release on Friday evening.

He says a cadre of law enforcement officers were on scene to prevent any disturbance.

“Officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force, Guard and Emergency Branch, Traffic Branch (Highway Patrol Unit), Transit Police and POS Task Force are all holding strategic positions in various locations to maintain law and order.”

Loop TT was informed that the road was partially blocked with a barricade at Upper Wharton Street for a short while.

Meanwhile, Griffith notes that questions were raised about the police officers’ disarming technique following the incident.

However, he says this was the course of action taken as officers’ lives were at risk.

“... what kind of “card game” would result in an officer being shot at and being possibly killed, from a bullet which penetrated his jacket and grazed the upper left side of [the] chest. The CoP is assuring all law-abiding citizens that the police is here to protect and serve, in the interest of providing safety and security for all.”

 

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