Man killed by TTPS got $340K in damages after cops shot him in 2004
The police service has released the records of a man killed by officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) on Thursday morning, in a move that appears to be geared toward defending their actions.
Nigel Mayers, also known as “Menace” and “Dufu”, was gunned down in an alleged confrontation with cops.
Providing details of his criminal background, the TTPS said Mayers was charged 13 times on 13 separate occasions for possession of firearms and ammunition and received bail every time.
The charges laid against Mayers include murder, attempted murder, shooting with intent, assaulting a police officer, wounding with intent, possession of firearms and ammunition to endanger lives, and kidnapping.
Commenting on the issue within the press release, Police Commissioner Gary Griffith blamed the judicial system.
“If we had a criminal justice system which was not balanced in favour of the criminals, and a proper Bail Act, Mayers would have been in custody and many lives may have been saved.”
Mayers was once dubbed the "Most Wanted Man" in the country. In 2004, he was shot several times by cops in Tobago. His associate Dexter Bernard was killed in the mele. Mayers was hospitalised and filed a civil suit in the Port-of-Spain High Court, represented by Wayne Sturge and Lemuel Murphy.
In his evidence, he said police attempted to kill him by removing his oxygen mask while he was hospitalised. In 2013, he won the matter and was awarded more than $340,000 in damages.