Tuesday 21 May, 2019

MP slams San Fernando mayor's 'distasteful' behaviour toward police

Oropouche West MP Vidia Gayadeen Gopeesingh has slammed San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello for what she described as his "distasteful behaviour" during Carnival Tuesday celebrations.  

In a release issued on Wednesday, Gayadeen Gopeesingh criticised the Mayor for his behaviour towards the Police Service after he was recorded opposing officers who ordered the shutdown of "last lap" celebrations. 

She said the Mayo'rs behaviour encouraged others to challenge police. 

Making reference to the riotous scenes that were exhibited in the nation’s capital on Monday, the Oropouche West MP said, “it is impossible for the police to execute their duty and receive cooperation from the citizenry if a Mayor has the gall and unmitigated temerity to scold and lambast officers as though he is the Commissioner of Police.”

“As leaders in this country we cannot engage in or tolerate such disrespectful behaviour, we must lead by example.” She challenged” there is obviously a correlation between the Mayor’s behaviour and the high resistance police officers are facing from citizens throughout the country.” 

Gayadeen Gopeesingh pointed out that the officers had the authority to shut down the celebrations if they felt that they could no longer protect the citizens and added that Regrello should have handled the situation with the decorum that is befitting of his portfolio.

“When our leaders disregard the men and women who have taken an oath to uphold the law we can only expect the citizens to follow suit, there is a palpable contradiction between PNM’s pro-police talk and their disrespectful walk.”  

Gayadeen Gopeesingh referenced the DUI charges laid against PNM Senator Dr Lester Henry and Point Fortin Mayor Clyde Paul, accusing Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley of turning a blind eye to the behaviour of his cohorts.   


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