Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 18th 2014 Contents Laventille residents are up in
arms again, claiming police bru-
tality after a soldier was shot
while on patrol in the area yes-
The residents claimed a detach-
ment of Defence Force and police
personnel stormed Desperlie
Crescent, Batson Place, Tilbury
Place and Lovell Place early yes-
terday after Private Ryan Gittens
was wounded around 3 am.
Gittens and other soldiers were
on foot patrol at Clifton Hill, East
Dry River, Port-of-Spain, when
they were reportedly shot at by
a group of men.
Police said the group of soldiers
returned fire. However, Gittens
was hit in the exchange.
He was taken to hospital and
his condition was listed as stable
up to late yesterday.
Scores of residents were
detained at the Besson Street
Police Station up to late yesterday
while some were taken to the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital
A female resident, who refused
to give her name, claimed she, her
brother and another occupant of
her house were also assaulted.
"They start to beat my brother
and a next person and hit him in
his head with a bottle from the
yard and gun butt and hit him on
his head with a stone.
"I started to quarrel and one of
the soldiers walk up to me and
choke me and push me on the
ground," she said.
The residents said the officers
stormed their community and
physically assaulted them.
The officers were also alleged
to have shot a dog belonging to
one of the residents.
Another resident, Shermaine
Thomas, who was seen talking to
a troop of soldiers, said: "They
come and shoot the dog. It was
a friendly dog and he used to go
about the neighbourhood."
Another in the community said
the officers took away one of her
relatives who had surgery two
"They kick him in his (private
parts) and he just had a hernia
two months ago.
"They stamp him up so much
until he started to vomit. All you
wicked. He was asleep. People
fed up," she said. (Reporting by
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After shooting of soldier in Laventille...
National Security Minister Gary
Griffith says he will not tolerate any
acts of violence carried out on
soldiers or police officers.
He added: "This is nonsense, if
they want to protect criminals let
them go ahead. When police officers
or soldiers are shot at by criminals
you don't hear their concerns.
"These red herring...let them wield
and come again. I see them as
aiding and abetting criminals. When
soldiers get shot at nobody
"They go postering and talking
about humans rights. It's violating,
it's false, misleading and
"If they think I going to have
them shooting at police officers and
soldiers let them think again.
"It is an eye-for-an-eye, I'm not
going to have them getting shot at
and in return police and soldiers
throw marshmallows. I won't have
that. We are returning in kind. We
are returning in full force," he said.
MP for Port-of-Spain South
Marlene McDonald said she
prefered not to make any comment
about the incident until she knew
A man held by police sits in a vehicle in Laventille yesterday. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
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