Wednesday 20 November, 2019

Griffith on 'Dole's' killing: It was an operation

Akanni 'Dole' Adams.

Akanni 'Dole' Adams.

"It was an operation and operations would go along a line where if persons do not adhere to the law, unfortunately, it may go down in a manner that can cause dire consequences for the individual."

This was the sentiment expressed by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith who was responding to concerns raised by members of the media, on the police killing of Sea Lots fisherman, Akanni “Dole” Adams.

The Top Cop was speaking as he delivered his first year in review to members of the media at the Police Administration Building in Port-of-Spain on Friday. 

Dole, 26, was shot dead on July 25th. 

His relatives have accused police of executing him, a claim the TTPS has denied.

What the police service has said, however, is that Dole pulled out a firearm when he and two oth­er men were ap­proached for ques­tion­ing relative to the murders of fishermen Hemraj Sooknanan, Brandon Kissoon, Shiva Ramdeo, Anand Rampersad and Leslie De Boulet. He was also reportedly accused of being involved in the robbery of the fishermen whose boats were stolen in the Gulf of Paria and later found off Sea Lots, Port of Spain.

Not speaking to the specific situation, Griffith said his officers have been attacked by rogue elements on numerous occasions adding that this will not be tolerated. 

"If anyone tries to put God passed their thought and harm any of my police officers, they are going to be properly trained to know how and when to take an effective fire."

Addressing Dole's death, he said further comment would not be provided as the investigation is ongoing. 

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