Monday 23 November, 2020

Ornella’s husband asks: Where are Gary and Hinds?

Died in protests: Ornella Greaves

Died in protests: Ornella Greaves

Darren Joseph, the husband of Ornella Greaves, who was killed during protests off the Beetham Highway on June 30, lashed out at Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith yesterday. 

At the time Joseph was speaking to reporters at the Jesus Elam Revival Assembly International along Third Avenue, San Juan. 

Last week, following Greaves’ death, Griffith said he was willing to meet with Joseph. However, even as he prepared to bury his wife, Joseph noted that neither the commissioner nor his executive had reached out. 

“Gary Griffith have to know that I respect him personally, and I will always respect him. But I also want him to know that he has not come to my rescue since my wife died. He said he would meet but, where is he? He gone and playing football. And I am under pressure. If he was not the top cop or police, God would have been the one drinking water and watching Gary play football. My children grieving and Gary playing football. Then he is making all kind of statements. Everyone is making statements, but no one is actually here. Everyone has words, but no one has come to see or offer assistance,” Joseph said. 

He said that among that list was Fitzgerald Hinds, the MP for Laventille West. 

“Hinds called and told me people threw water on him. I never disrespected Hinds. I did not throw any water on him. So where is he?” Joseph asked. 

Joseph, however, did have kind words for the officers of the Community police, who he said has been by his and his family's side since last Tuesday. 

Greaves was a mother of five and was pregnant with her sixth child when she was killed. She was shot at about 10 am on June 30. 

At the time of the shooting police said they were shooting back at unknown persons who had shot at them. However, residents claimed officers at the scene at the time had randomly shot into the crowd, hitting Ornella in her hip.  

In a statement last Thursday, the Police Complaints Authority announced it was conducting its own investigations into the incident. Any witnesses to or persons with information on this incident are asked to contact the PCA at 627-4383 / 627-4386 or at info@pca.org.tt. The PCA said all information provided will be treated as confidential. 

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