Tuesday 20 March, 2018

PCA launches investigation into 'Christmas' killing

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) said it has launched an investigation into the death of Akile ‘Christmas’ James who was shot and killed by police, causing residents to launch fiery protests that disrupted parts of the capital on Monday.

In a statement, the PCA said it was "aware of the video footage and other media reports in relation to the alleged fatal shooting of a man by members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service on Basilon Street, East Port-of Spain on the morning of 19th February, 2018".

"Pursuant to Section 26 of the Police Complaints Authority Act, Chapter 15:05, the PCA has, on its own initiative, commenced an independent investigation into the incident."

The PCA is asking witnesses to the event, or those with information, to contact the PCA on 800-2PCA /800-2722, 627-4383  or 627-4386, or email info@pca.org.tt. Citizens can also visit the PCA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PoliceComplaintsAuthority.

Residents burned debris in angry protest, claiming that James was killed by police while he was still asleep.

James was wanted in connection with a recent high-profile murder in the area. 

There are also reports that crime scene investigators were shot at when they visited the scene.

Protesters blocked off Observatory Street, Piccadilly Street, Calvary Hill and others on Monday morning with used tires and burning rubbish.  

Information reaching LoopTT around 3:30 pm on Monday indicated that citizens restarted protests and burning of debris around Bath Street. 

Citizens are advised to stay away from this area for their safety.