Gary: Where is the outrage over the killing of two-year-old girl?
Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith is questioning the lack of public outcry over the death of a two-year-old girl, who was gunned down in Tunapuna on Friday night.The child's father was also killed in the attack.
In a Facebook post on Saturday, Griffith criticised what he described as the "selected outcry" among some in society. It follows a series of Black Lives Matter protests in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Top Cop questioned when he can expect to obtain requests for marches, and protests against such "acts of barbarous brutality" against the nation's children.
Griffith said he expects the various lines of outreach to communities including the 555, TTPS App, and 482-GARY, to be overrun with credible information to be transformed into intelligence to support the swift capture of these "monsters."
The Top Cop said he also expects a mass outcry on social media and the many platforms for justice for the child and the many children we have lost to senseless gang violence.
Griffith also hit out at social media bloggers, activists and newspaper editorials.
"I await the sound and fury by activists, politicians, and newspaper editorials, calling on communities to work with the Police to bring these perpetrators to immediate justice, along with demands for justice and to “call their names”, or is this outburst, hurt and pain, conveniently felt only when the Police are involved? I trust I will be tagged by social media bloggers (paid and otherwise), who will use their time to post everything I say, wear and do, to utilize their energies in encouraging persons, if they saw something to say something; very much in the same vein when a ‘police involved’ shooting takes place, when everyone sees and knows."
Griffith said every life lost is one life too many, and should be treated as heinous.
"However, when murderous gangsters, intentionally point their illegal weapons at their target, and proceed to pull that trigger regardless of who their target may be, and takes the life of an innocent, a baby no less, demands equal outcry. If this doesn’t move us to work together, I am not certain what can."