Tuesday 13 November, 2018

Police maintain presence in East PoS after fiery protests

Police maintained their presence in the East Port of Spain district on Tuesday, following information that some residents may attempt to resume fiery demonstrations in the communities near the East Dry Driver.

However, up to midday, there was no resumption of any protests, and police, with assistance from TT Defence Force personnel, have maintained a heavy presence in the area with mobile and foot patrols.

Monday’s protest stemmed from an incident earlier in the day in which 25-year-old Akile “Christmas” James was shot and killed by police during a raid on his home at Basilon Street. 

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Police have stated that they went to arrest James, as he was a suspect in a homicide committed in the division. However, when they approached his home, they said they came under fire. The officers returned fire, and this led to James being fatally wounded.

But residents have given a different account of Tuesday's police operation, claiming that the officers broke into James’ home, made him kneel down, and shot him at point blank range in an “execution style”.

An autopsy is expected to be performed on James’ body today at the Forensic Science Center in St James.


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