Monday 30 March, 2020

Top Cop: Stop trying to bully my officers

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has fired back at Port of Spain Magistrate Aden Stroute who has accused officers of pedalling misinformation about the magistracy.

Stroute scolded officers over claims that businessman Emile Sanowar did not appear before a magistrate on Tuesday because there was no magistrate in court to hear the matter.

In a statement on Saturday, Commissioner Griffith said he noted the comments made by the judicial officer and claimed that is not an accurate reflection of what transpired.

He said around 3:50pm when the prisoners were brought to Court an Inspector spoke to a Registrar who indicated that they would not be accepting any other prisoners.

Griffith said the police officers had no alternative but to take the prisoners back to the station.

The Commissioner added that he has received numerous reports from police officers of being verbally abused by the judicial officer.

He noted that an accused who was charged with possession of nine assault rifles and magazine was able to easily access bail when he appeared before the magistrate.

Griffith further claimed the magistrate seems intent on picking a ‘cat-fight’ with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

“The Commissioner says the judiciary and police must work together to effectively treat with matters of crime and criminal activity. He says unlike judicial officers, many of who keep demanding for 24/7 police security, the average citizen is not entitled to such a privilege, so the least that law enforcement and judicial officers can do, is to consider the welfare and safety of the general public when discharging their functions particularly in respect of the grant of bail,” he said.

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