Monday 17 June, 2019

Police patrol Carenage after 'confrontation' with residents

Police continued to maintain a presence in Carenage on Monday morning in a bid to keep the peace, after an alleged confrontation with residents. 

The officers of the Western Division, with the aid of members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, are said to be conducting patrols throughout the community, especially in the vicinity of the Big Yard.

 

Police said on Monday morning there was already a “confrontation” with officers and residents, however, police said the group dispersed quickly and that no roadways were blocked.

Police said that the residents were spoken to and warned about their actions.

No one was arrested up to Monday morning, however, officers said they would be maintaining their presence in the area throughout the day.

Tensions have been high in the community since Friday (May 3, 2019), when a confrontation with police led to three persons, including a 14-year-old girl, being killed.

Residents claimed that the officers who were involved in the incident, when they allegedly returned fire upon being confronted by a gunman, were facing a group of civilians. 

Some residents allegedly blamed the three deaths on the officers, accusing them of firing indiscriminately.

Senior officers of the Western Division, led by Snr Sup Pragg, are investigating the incident.

The deceased from Friday’s incident are Naomi Nelson, 14, Kareem “Baldwin” Roberts, 27, and Keron “Frosty” Eve, 30.

Three others were also injured and are hospitalised.

One officer, identified as PC Peltier, was shot to the upper right chest.

The incident took place around 7:00 pm on Friday.

More on this as it becomes available.

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