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Police are inves-
authenticity of five
photos which were
posted on social
men posing with
Police say the
guns are obviously
illegal weapons and
are believed to be
in the hands of
gang members in
Over the last few
weeks there has
been a resurgence of shootings and murders
in the central Trinidad and police swooped
down on the Enterprise, Chaguanas, district
on the weekend.
While they recovered two home-made guns,
a small quantity of cocaine, officers involved
in the raid said gang members were tipped off
about the raid.
Police said yesterday, however, they were
unable to state when the pictures were taken.
For the year, several Facebook posts have
been under scrutiny by police after photos and
videos surfaced of people, sometimes school
children, brandishing guns, drugs and wads of
Over the weekend, a video was posted on
Facebook showing children firing assault
weapons in what appeared to be a training
camp. A man with a distinct Trinidadian accent
is heard giving instructions. Police were unable
to say yesterday if the video was made local-
ly.Assistant Commissioner of Police Carlton
Alleyne said the video had been referred to
the Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit for
"I asked them to pursue it and it may not
be local. We are checking on it. I don t know
where that is," he said.
Alleyne said it was unfortunate the adults
in the video were exposing children to that
type of activity.
"To be imbedding and exposing their young
minds to that sort of thing is nothing good.
It cannot bring positive results. Asserting that
kind of threat in their young minds, how can
we be responsible as a country?" he asked.
So far, no one has been arrested in relation
to any of those investigations.
five pics of
Cops under fire for fabricating SoE case
In awarding more than $.4 million to
one of the people charged under the Anti
Gang legislation during the state of emer-
gency in 2011, a High Court judge yesterday
slammed the police officers who charged
him, saying they had fabricated the case.
Delivering judgment in favour of Kevin
Stewart in a malicious prosecution lawsuit,
Justice Joan Charles severely criticised two
seniors and a junior police officer for their
conduct in the case.
"I also hold that the prosecution of the
claimant (Stewart) was malicious in that
Police Constable Phillips, together with Assis-
tant Superintendent of Police Mohammed
and Assistant Commissioner of Police Fred-
ericks, were motivated by indirect or improper
motives," Charles told the court.
Through his attorney Kevin Ratiram, Stew-
art had filed the lawsuit after the prosecution
discontinued proceedings against him in Sep-
tember 2011, a month after he was charged
by PC Phillips with being a gang member,
on the grounds there was insufficient evi-
In a 27-page judgment delivered in the
Hall of Justice, Port-of-Spain, the judge
found that ASP Zamsheed Mohammed and
ACP Fredericks handling of the case was in
breach of established police procedure and
in breach of Section 12.1 of the Anti Gang
Act, adding their conduct amounted "to a
gross dereliction of their duty."
Noting that Stewart was taken from his
home, family and labelled a gang member
by the police when they clearly had no evi-
dence, the judge said:
"The senior police officers---ASP
Mohammed and ACP Fredericks---failed to
use the 72 hours provided by the Anti Gang
Act to obtain a written report from PC Phillips
on his investigations of the claimant, so as
to satisfy themselves that there was reasonable
and probable cause to arrest and charge the
She said immediately after he received the
file from Phillips after Stewart was charged,
ASP Mohammed should have been able to
discern there was insufficient evidence to
charge the accused.
"The irresponsible and unprofessional
conduct of the senior officers in giving
instructions to this very junior officer to
charge the claimant when there was no writ-
ten report or a file before them on the
claimant s alleged gang activity, caused the
claimant to suffer damage, embarrassment,
the loss of his liberty and was in breach of
his constitutional rights."
Pointing out several contradictions and
inconsistencies in Phillips evidence, Charles
"The fact that this officer, throughout his
testimony, attempted to buttress, strengthen
and fabricate new evidence against the
claimant is a strong basis for concluding that
he fabricated the case against the claimant
and that in fact he had no reasonable or
probable cause to charge him.
"I also form the view, based on the many
lies and inconsistencies in his evidence, that
the prosecution of this claimant was malicious
in that there was indirect or improper motive
for proceeding with the charge against him."
Ruling that the facts of case do not satisfy
the requirement of Section 12 and 13 of the
Anti Gang Act, the judge said Stewart s pre-
vious convictions for possession and traf-
ficking in drugs could not have formed the
basis of reasonable suspicion.
Kevin Steward, right, who was detained during the 2011 state of emergency, thanks his
lawyer Kevin Ratiram following yesterday's High Court judgment in which he was
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