Trinidad police killings up 86 percent; protest over controversial fatal police shootings

Police open fire to disperse crowd in Trinidad amidst protests sparked by police killing of 3 men in Morvant Trinidad – screenshot taken from TV6 Trinidad video by camerawoman Kerry Patrick

An 86 per cent rise in police killings in Trinidad has sparked concern by the Police Complaints Authority (PCA), according to a Trinidad Guardian report.

This 86 per cent rise in the current period comes off a 60% rise in 2018 -2019, according to a Guardian media analysis. This year, 43 people have already been killed by the police.

The director of the PCA David West had indicated that a standing policy has been in place since his administration that every fatal and non-fatal police shooting be investigated.

West has said that officers should, as much as is possible, use the minimum amount of force needed to respond to a situation.

“In the event that they must resort to force, only the minimum force necessary to achieve the required objective ought to be employed. This is why the PCA has been advocating for the use of tasers as a means of a non-lethal weapon. Additionally, this is why the PCA promotes the use of body-worn cameras (BWCs) and vehicle dash cameras,” he added.

Criminologist, Randy Seepersad, has stated that recent killings may have been exacerbated by declining economic conditions. He also stated that Trinidad is still ahead compared to the rest of the Caribbean and apart from Guyana and Jamaica, is the only country with independent oversight by the PCA or similar body.

The 86 per cent rise in killings comes in the backdrop of a seeming retaliation by police for a murdered police officer on Friday with the 3 men suspected in that crime, being shot dead over the weekend.

Freeze frame of video that appears to show one man with his hands in the air moments before being gunned down by police

Videos circulating via social media over the weekend seem to show one of the male suspects being shot dead by police despite having his hands in the air.

Protests over the incident have followed in Morvant, the area where the 3 men were shot with residents blocking the roads and police firing shots into the air to disperse the crowd.

The Trinidad Express has likened the killing of the 3 men and subsequent protests to the killing of George Floyd and the resulting backlash.

There have been no immediate reports of injuries due to the police action.

 

BELOW: videos of a blocked motorway and of police opening fire to disperse the crowd

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. KID ON THE BLOCK
    June 30, 2020

    What you sow that’s what you reap.
    When you leave in a glass house don’t pelt stones. When you give blows expect to receive blows too.
    Not condoling the police action but why did THEY kill the officer?
    Was THEIR action justifiable?

  2. ???
    June 30, 2020

    People protesting to stop police senseless killing and their response is to senselessly kill and shoot more. Make it make sense. Throw the whole system away already.

    The police not shi…… gold. So why can they murder, go home, scratch their balls and watch TV no questions asked. Then next day put on fresh uniform to do it again?? Not just towards blacks but in general across the world. Police the police.

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