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Chaguanas resident Junior
Nesbitt, whose photo went
viral on several social media
websites after he was alleged
to be a suspect in gang violence
in central Trinidad, is accusing
the police of terrorising him
and his family.
He made the allegation yes-
terday after he was released from
police custody on Monday night
following his arrest over the
weekend in Enterprise.
Nesbitt, who is a member of
the Muslim community, denied
allegations against him and said
he and his family attempted to
make complaints against the
police but were turned away at
several police stations in the
Chaguanas community. They
said they would now be taking
their complaints to the Police
Nesbitt was arrested at his
home and taken to the Cunupia
Police Station on Saturday, soon
after Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar had visited the
community and announced a
joint army-police presence
would be established to curb
But when the T&T Guardian
visited Nesbitt at his home at
Walters Trace, Enterprise, yes-
terday, he was busy cleaning the
makeshift tent in front of his
house for the Salat.
The house, which is in a cul-
de-sac, was blocked off with
drums and old furniture in both
directions. He took his time
sweeping and putting down a
piece of carpet for members of
his fraternity to use. He then
went and changed his clothing,
putting on a black taj.
Nesbitt said when he was
taken into police custody and
questioned in connection with
the video circulating on social
media, the police clearly had
nothing new on him.
"They (police) persecuting
people and that is an old picture
since 2010. One officer who
come here say he come from
town to harass us. I don t have
no warrants and I don t have
nothing on me," Nesbitt said,
reiterating that the photos cir-
culated of himself and other
men in the community were
over five years old.
He claimed one photo which
bore someone resembling him
was sent to members of the
Prisons Service who were told
to "look out for him."
"Some of them men in those
photos not around, some still
in jail and serving time for that.
There was a photo of another
man that is going around but
that isn t me," he said.
He said the same morning
the photos surfaced the police
came to visit them.
"This is a different tent.
Whole day they coming. I was
told by my lawyer not to speak
with the media," he added.
Nesbitt s father, Dave, said
their family would now be taking
their complaints to the PCA.
He added: "They lambasting
his name and have old photos
of him. We will sue... They
(police) pick him up and take
him to Cunupia.
When questioned about alle-
gations made that his son was
a hired shooter, he said his son
had been nursing gunshot
injuries after being shot during
"Oh no, oh no, oh no... if he
was a gangster they (police)
would have come already. He
was on crutches (in 2010)," he
He said the police did not
assist his son and he had to pay
$11,000 to go to a hospital to
remove the bullet from his leg
Dave Nesbitt said even his
former wife was threatened near
her Chase Village home as a
result of the current situation.
"We know everybody in the
photos and they (police) deal
with that five years ago. They
get all that already," he said.
When questioned why the
road was blocked to the house,
one of the men said: "That is
to block the police and gunmen
Another member of the com-
munity said they were living in
fear for their lives.
"We are all going on about
our lives but when you have no
control you just forget it. People
still coming out to do their busi-
ness but that has dropped near
20 per cent with the shootings,"
Nesbitt s attorney, Rekha
Ramjit, who is the Independent
Liberal Party s (ILP) chairman,
was not available for comment.
Acting CoP: We're all
set to quell flare-up
Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams
says the national security forces are determined to
quell the ongoing violence that has been plaguing
Enterprise, Chaguanas, over the past three weeks
and which has generated fear among hundreds.
He said so yesterday during the opening of a United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP) dialogue
on citizen security at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-
Fielding questions from the media, Williams said
the authorities were addressing what he referred to
as a "flare-up" and urged the media to stop singling
out Enterprise as "Trinidad and Tobago has had,
historically, a challenge with violent crime."
"Enterprise had a flare-up in June and we are
effectively addressing that.
"Clearly, what is obvious in Enterprise is that you
have some young men who have armed themselves
and have been using firearms against each other and
in doing that citizens have been adversely affected
in many ways," he said.
Williams assured that successful policing had been
taking place in Enterprise, with people being arrested
daily and guns and contraband being confiscated.
He promised there would be "heightened efforts
until Enterprise is returned to its original position
where people can enjoy the day, free of any concerns
and free of fear.
He said the supportive role the Defence Force was
also key to restoring normalcy and calm to the area.
Williams also applauded the Citizen Security Pro-
gramme of the Ministry of National Security, which
was introduced six years ago to restore community
confidence and inspire hope among citizens, saying
it was initiatives like these which has bolstered con-
fidence levels in the authorities to maintain law and
order throughout T&T.
National Security Minister Carl Alfonso also voiced
his concern over the recent happenings in Enterprise.
He said while both police and soldiers remained sta-
tioned throughout the community and would remain
on the ground for as long as is necessary, measures
have been put in place to ensure that illegal activities
were not transferred out of the area into other seem-
ingly quiet neighbourhoods.
Claiming innocence, man listed as gang suspect says:
my entire family
Junior Nesbit, centre, observes prayers with fellow worshippers at
Bhagaloo Street, Enterprise, Chaguanas, yesterday.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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