Griffith slams those in 'strategic positions', vows to fight evil
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith issued a passionate statement against people in 'strategic positions', saying he would not allow detractors to stop him from quelling what he called a 'virtual war' in Trinidad and Tobago.
Griffith issued the statement via social media on Saturday after Opposition called for amendments to be made to the Bail Amendment Bill.
The Bill proposes the imprisonment of people found with an illegal firearm for up to 120 days without bail, including a first offence.
Griffith lamented that police officers are forced to release persons held with firearms and vowed that 'good would overcome evil'.
"What we are experiencing now is a virtual war...The difference here in this war is that the rules of engagement are one whereby the enemy is trying to kill us and those we try to protect. When we try to protect them and ourselves by shooting back with accurate shots, we are condemned. We are attacked based even on what we wear."
"Politicians who when in Government, saw it fit to tilt the scales of justice towards law-abiding citizens, but when they go on the other side of the Parliamentary bench, get a change of heart and fight for the rights of criminals to be free, even if held with weapons of war."
"In our armed conflict, which is a virtual war zone, when we actually capture the enemy of the state, after being charged with gang activity and having firepower to kill hundreds in seconds, unlike prisoners of war who remain incarcerated until the armed conflict ends, we are directed to release them immediately, so they can go back unto the killing fields to lead their troops or be re-issued with assault rifles to turn again at our law enforcement officials in the war zone. Then when the murder count rises, the Police is blamed."
Griffith also said 'criminals have more rights' than other citizens.
"Every creed and race no longer has an equal place. Criminal elements now have more rights, hence throwing cold water to that line in our anthem," he said.
Griffith said he would continue his mission despite criminal elements and their 'strategic allies'.
"Regardless of the few detractors, and those who are in strategic positions to undermine what we are trying to achieve, including those in and out of uniform, I give the assurance that good would overcome evil."
"I would continue to do what is required to defend the 1.3 million-plus law-abiding citizens from the criminal elements and their strategic allies. The more they target me, it means that we are starting to achieve our objective. We would overcome. We would win back our country," he said.