Monday 28 September, 2020

Top Cop summoned to meeting by Prime Minister

Photo: Police Commissioner Gary Griffith was summoned to a meeting at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's on September 14, 2020. Credit: Office of the Prime Minister.

Photo: Police Commissioner Gary Griffith was summoned to a meeting at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's on September 14, 2020. Credit: Office of the Prime Minister.

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith was called to a meeting at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s on Monday, summoned by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.

The meeting, which took place at 10am, follows what appeared to be a public spat playing out between the Top Cop and the Prime Minister over the enforcement of the COVID-19 regulations.

Griffith on Sunday took issue with the Prime Minister’s statements a day earlier, where Dr Rowley called on the police to enforce the law equitably. The Prime Minister said enforcement of the public health regulations shouldn’t be a case of different strokes for different folks.

The Police Commissioner, in response, called on Dr Rowley to retract his statements on the matter.

There has been ongoing debate in the public domain on perceived discrimination by police in the enforcement of the regulations under the Public Health Ordinance following a party at Bayside Towers, Cocorite, where attendees were let off with a warning.

A Facebook post from the Office of the Prime Minister indicated that Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi and Minister of National Security Stuart Young also attended Monday’s meeting.

Acting Deputy Commissioners of Police Jayson Forde and McDonald Jacob were also called to the meeting.

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