Sunday 5 July, 2020

PCA launches probe after three shot dead by police in Morvant

Screen grab of video showing the police confrontation with three men, who were shot and killed in Morvant, on Saturday

Screen grab of video showing the police confrontation with three men, who were shot and killed in Morvant, on Saturday

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has launched an investigation into the fatal shooting of three men in the Morvant area by police officers on Saturday.

Police said around 2.15 pm, a team of officers from the Port of Spain Division, were on patrol along Juman Drive, Second Caledonia, Morvant, when they spotted a Nissan Tiida vehicle.

The officers stopped the vehicle and approached the car, which was occupied by three men.

Police claimed that a man in the back seat of the car came out of the vehicle and opened fire on the officers.

The officers said they returned fire, hitting all three men.

It followed the killing of police officer, Allen Mosely in the Morvant area earlier that day.

Questions have been raised after two videos of the incident surfaced on social media.

The family of one of the men has also claimed that he was murdered by officers.

In a statement on Sunday, the PCA said its civilian investigators will conduct an independent investigation of this matter, at the conclusion of which a report will be forwarded to the Authority.

"Upon receipt of the said report, the Authority shall make an assessment and form an opinion as to whether there th suffident evidence to support a recommendation for prosecution and/ or the institution of disdplinary proceedings."

The PCA said the public can be assured that due process shall be followed at all stages of the investigation.

"In this regard, the PCA will not express any view prior to any determination by a court of law as same may be tantamount to attempting to interfere with due process and the course of natural justice."

Any witnesses to or persons with information on the inddent are asked to contact the PCA at 627-4383 / 627-4386 or at info@pca.org.tt.

It said all information provided will be treated as confidential. 

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