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JENSEN LA VENDE
When Gold Commander in charge of security
operations for Carnival 2015, DCP Harold Phillip
warned revellers to refrain from aggressive gyrating
on his police officers, he failed to issue any such
warning to his officers. The result: at least one offi-
cer caught on camera "taking a wine."
A nine-second video posted to Facebook yesterday
depicted the officer in full uniform gyrating on a
female patron at a breakfast party in west Trinidad.
Up to 4 pm, the video had been shared 40,118 times.
On February 4, during a media briefing on Carnival
safety Phillip said: "Well, certainly being lewd in the
public is in fact an offence and with respect to wining
on police officers performing duties, we will ask the
public to desist in so doing. It normally goes with
the time but we also expect the officer to act respon-
sibly and we also hope the public will conduct them-
selves in a responsible manner."
In a telephone interview with the T&T Guardian
yesterday, public information officer Joanne Archie
said the officer s conduct will have to be investigated
before anything further could be said or done.
"That could be a breach of discipline according
to police regulations," Archie said, adding that even
if the officer had completed his duty he ought not
to have been in uniform gyrating on a patron.
Also commenting on the video, secretary of the
Police Social and Welfare Association Insp Michael
Seales said he hoped that the officer in question is
not charged. Seales said in the culture of this country
the officer and the patron were "thoroughly enjoying
themselves" and officials should consider the situation
as just part of T&T culture. He added that punishing
the officer might bring about more harm than good
and with the existing strain on officers who are
seeking to settle wage negotiations, a charge against
the officer may further dampen their spirits.
The incident could even bolster relations between
the police and the public, Seales said, although he
admitted that it was the first time he had seen of
a uniformed officer gyrating in that way, since the
norm was for officers to be ambushed by wining
revellers, without reciprocating.
"I did not see a rebutt from the officer or the
patron," Seales said.
Wining cop caught
on Facebook video
Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar waves a Trinidad and Tobago Flag in
the Siparia Police Youth Club's presentation of Sweet T&T during the parade
of bands in Penal yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Best year ever. That was Port-of-Spain Mayor
Raymond Tim Kee s assessment of Downtown Car-
"This year was the best. No crime. I have not heard
a word about crime. You will never get 100 per cent
satisfaction, but this year was pretty close," Tim Kee
said, speaking to the Guardian at the South Quay
He was seen earlier with other revellers in Bliss.
Tim Kee said he has been playing with Bliss since
the large band began.
Sports Minister Brent Sancho was also seen in Bliss.
Wendell Stephen, chairman of the Port-of-Spain
Corporation s Culture and Festival Committee, which
is in charge of Downtown Carnival, agreed with Tim
Kee s sentiment that it was the best carnival.
He said many of the large bands passed through
the judging point in South Quay, which was something
that usually did not happen. Bands passed through
without a major hitch, he said.
However, Stephen added that on Monday a music
truck for Tribe stalled on Charlotte Street which
caused minor congestion, but as soon as the truck
was moved, everything went smoothly.
Addressing the issues that spectators encountered,
Stephen said spectators were not barred access to
view the bands, as was done at the Queen s Park
Savannah. Spectators were not allowed to stand in
front of the judging area on South Quay in case they
blocked the judges or the cameras.
Slow sales for vendors on Broadway was another
problem, Stephen said. The National Carnival Com-
mittee (NCC) and the police changed the route so
that bands now pass straight down South Quay and
up Charlotte Street, which means that they pass
across, rather than parade along, Broadway.
Vendors on Broadway complained on Monday and
yesterday about slow sales, saying they were unable
to sell out and demanded their rental fees back.
Stephen said now that he was aware of the changes,
the Committee would see how best to rectify the
No crime downtown, boasts PoS Mayor
This officer in full uniform is caught gyrating on a
female patron at a breakfast party in west Trinidad.
Soca artiste Kees Dieffenthaller
was unable to perform at
Socadrome yesterday after he was
involved in a vehicular accident.
According to Socadrome offi-
cials, Dieffenthaller had minor
injuries and because of this was
unable to perform.
A security guard will appear
before a Point Fortin Magistrate
today charged with the attempted
murder of a Point Fortin grand-
The charge was laid yesterday
against the 52-year-old suspect.
Investigators said a team of officers,
led by Sgt Corrie, arrested the suspect
half an hour after he attacked Debbie
Maude Antoine, 49 outside her
Southern Gardens, Point Fortin home.
Police said Antoine was talking to
a 21-year-old man when the suspect
pulled up with his car and rammed
into her while she tried to cross the
road. After she collapsed on the
ground, the suspect pulled out a cut-
lass and chopped her on the head,
right shoulder and hand.
Neighbours who heard Antoine
screaming called the police.
The suspect was held a short dis-
tance away. Antoine was rushed to
the San Fernando General Hospital
where she underwent emergency sur-
gery. Investigators said last year
Antoine took out a restraining order
against the suspect, whom she knew
for over 23 years. She has three grand-
Meanwhile in a separate incident,
a 28-year-old man of Point Fortin
will also appear in court today charged
with the attempted murder of a man
a year ago.
Investigators said the suspect has
been on the run after he allegedly
stabbed Steve Bernard, 30, with an
icepick on February 2, 2014.
The accused was held during an
exercise on Friday for house breaking
The suspect appeared before an
ID parade on Tuesday following
which he was positively identified
and charged with attempted murder.
PC Naresh Bachan laid the charges.
Two in court for attempted murder
Kees involved in vehicular accident
MAS WITH THE KIDS
Local bouncer to the stars Kevin Da Costa pulls a
stormer out of the band Legacy during their carnival
presentation on South Quay, Port of Spain yesterday.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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