Saturday 24 October, 2020

CoP responds to critics, defends seizure of $22M 'sou sou' cash

File photo: Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith

File photo: Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith

One day after he launched a high-level investigation to determine who decided to return more than $22 million in cash that was seized in La Horquetta from an alleged Pyramid Scheme operator, Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has sought to defend his actions.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, Griffith noted there are some who are upset over his decision to investigate and retrieve the large sum of money.

He said: "That is your right to do so, but when it reached a point of persons voicing their disgust over the terrible act of a Police Commissioner going above and beyond, to investigate and retrieve $22 million in cash, that cannot be accounted for, and when wrongfully returned without confirmation that all of that cash was given via legitimate and law abiding citizens, I can conclude that the values of many in this country, sum up why we as a nation, have become what we are."

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The Commissioner of Police also responded to statements by some that "poor people" were affected by the raid.

He said: "Persons are also upset with me trying to close a Pyramid Scheme based on their lie, saying that closing it down is to "fight down poor people", and "give the people back their money". Ignorance is indeed a common factor by some, as either based on ignorance or being a crook, how could one sleep at night knowing that you are putting in $10,000 and when given $50,000, it is 4 to 5 "other poor people" who would lose $10,000 when the Pyramid Schemes collapse, and $10,000 turning into $50,000 overnight, becomes "your money". No smart people! It is "other poor people" money that you are taking, but your greed and lack of common sense would prevent you from understanding that."

Griffith questioned the values of those who see nothing wrong with the "Pyramid Scheme."

The top cop said: " And we know too well, the road march must come up, whereby anytime, one who cannot debate or justify any point, they turn to why not "blah blah blah with the 1%" to justify wrong doing.To these individuals, do you have any shame? Is that what you would expect from your children?"

He further lashed out at those who he said have voiced their "anger, hatred and bitterness" towards him.

Griffith stated: "But enough of you. If that is your character, and your pleasure is to attack those who try to help you, whilst saying little about those who rob, rape, and try to kill you, that is your privilege."

"In the meantime, I have sworn an oath to protect and serve my country, which is I why I have been running my blood to water for two years, putting my health at risk, working 18 hours a day, seven days a week for two years, trying my best to serve my country to the best of my ability, and in return, the specific haters get a sense of accomplishment by referring to me in the worst way they can, and this is okay, but if I call cold-blooded criminals, or those who rape your wife, or kidnap your son, a cockroach, then I am the devil. This sums up our nation."

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