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Sea Lots residents are being advised to report
any incidents of police brutality they may have
experienced during Monday s raid to the Police
Complaints Authority (PCA).
Residents claimed that the police broke down their
front doors, and damaged their furniture and other
Police locked down the Sea Lots community, in
Port-of-Spain, for several hours as officers, assisted
by other security agencies, searched several houses
at Pioneer Drive.
Four people were held during the raid that lasted
In a phone interview yesterday, ACP in charge of
operations, Carlton Alleyne, who co-ordinated the
raid, said the residents were told if they had any
problems to report it to the PCA.
He said he was briefed after the raid but did not
hear any reports of police brutality.
Alleyne said while he was watching TV he saw
residents complaining that their doors were kicked
in and their children traumatised.
"I only heard that on the TV. It had one man that
said the police acted professionally when they searched
his home. He said they (police) did what they had
to do and went away. It had others who said police
kick down their door," he said.
Alleyne said any reports made to the authority
would be investigated.
"Those who complain should report the matter
and let whoever be investigated. That's not what we
prescribe. When we have to search, we search a par-
ticular way. It's not about kicking down doors. If
they were treated badly let them go make a complaint,"
Residents also complained that police did not have
any search warrants and broke pieces of furniture
during their search.
When contacted, the area spokesperson Kenroy
Dopwell said he had no further comment to make
on the incident.
During the raid, police said, two people were held
for possession of army camouflage outfits.
One of the six camouflage outfits was similar to
that used by members of the T&T Regiment.
One woman was held for alleged possession of a
small quantity of marijuana.
Approximately 50 kilograms of marijuana wrapped
in cling wrap were found at a house but no one was
arrested in that find.
In addition, a woman who had $32,000 in her
house was held and is still being questioned by officers
of the Financial Investigations Branch (FIB), police
complaints to PCA
Sea Lots residents advised
Deputy Mayor of Port-of-Spain
Keron Valentine and Chairman of the
Diego Martin Regional Corporation
Darryl Smith say Government is not
doing enough to alleviate flooding.
This comes one day after flash flood-
ing in the main arteries of the capital
city following several hours of rainfall
Port-of-Spain has been hit with con-
sistent flooding in the rainy season annu-
ally, resulting in disruption to schools,
vehicle damage and traffic gridlocks into
and out of the city.
In nearby Diego Martin, flooding dev-
astated the region in 2012 and 2013,
causing damage to property and dis-
rupting utility poles in the area.
While Smith expressed a mixture of
triumph and relief, as flooding did not
occur in the Diego Martin area after the
heavy rainfall on Monday, he said the
regional corporation was still pleading
for a full drainage plan for the region
and the country.
"There was no flooding in the area.
We had no complaints. Our All Hands
on Deck programme seems to be work-
ing for the second year," Smith said in
a telephone interview yesterday.
He said as soon as the rivers had dried
up a bit, the corporation would further
desilt and clean the drains.
"Right now we are discussing with
WASA to have them remove the pipes
which are placed across the river. What
happens is that bamboo and other items
are blocked by the pipes when they head
down the river and this creates a dam,
which contributes to the flooding.
"The overall goal though is to have a
proper drainage programme for the area,"
"The Ministry of Water Resources
has to assist us. We need a new drainage
plan for the entire country because some
of the things we need to have done can-
not be done by the corporation."
Smith said residents had also assisted
with the corporation's efforts by decreas-
ing littering and the dumping of elec-
tronic items in the Diego Martin River.
This was unlike the situation in the
Valentine yesterday said city residents
were guilty of littering and dumping
fridges, tyres and other items into water
"We have done some work. There is
an exercise with the Drainage Division
to clear the drains in the city. You might
have noticed that, yesterday, the water
which flooded downtown drained off
at a quicker rate than previous years.
"But it isn't enough. Port-of-Spain
needs a drainage plan from Central Gov-
Valentine said while the littering by
residents was a major concern, a bigger
concern was that parts of downtown
Port-of-Spain near South Quay were
below sea level.
"That is a problem which is bigger
than the corporation."
Call for Govt to do
more to fight flooding
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