Saturday 22 September, 2018

Two in custody after Barataria protests

Nkosie "Mauby" Mitlan and Obika "Beaker" Roberts were killed during a confrontation with police on Thursday.

Nkosie "Mauby" Mitlan and Obika "Beaker" Roberts were killed during a confrontation with police on Thursday.

Two people are currently in police custody after they were detained at Upper Seventh Avenue, Malick, Barataria on Thursday afternoon, following a protest where residents of the area blocked roadways.

The protests in the area were done by residents following the deaths of 24-year-old Nkosie "Mauby" Mitlan and 27-year-old Obika "Beaker" Roberts.

The two men, said to be cousins, were killed during confrontation with police at their home about 7.15 am on Thursday.

Police have reported that when officers of the North Eastern Division Task Force went to the home, they were greeted with gunfire. Fearful for their lives, the officers drew their licensed weapons and returned fire, hitting the cousins several times .

Both Mitlan and Roberts were rushed to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex and were pronounced dead on arrival.

However, residents of the area claim that the two men were surrendering themselves to the officers, and that the two cousins were killed “without reason”.

Furthermore, residents claim that the cousins were killed “in full view” of other residents, and that the police had destroyed CCTV footage at the house which recorded the incident.

 

 

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