Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 23rd 2017 Contents news A5
Thursday, February 23, 2017 guardian.co.tt
please contact 684-7207 for viewing.
Claudette Blackman, widow of Ras Shorty
I (Garfield Blackman), will be laid to rest next
to her late husband at the Paradise Cemetery
in San Fernando following a funeral service at
the First Church of the Open Bible tomorrow.
The matriarch of The Love Circle died on Monday
morning after a long battle with cancer.
Born and raised in Mon Repos, San Fernando, Clau-
dette was the mother of 12 children.
Claudette survived her husband, who passed away
on July 12, 2000, of renal cancer.
The names of at least seven police of-
ficers were called out by Laventille res-
idents during a forum with the acting
Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams
on Tuesday night.
These officers, residents claimed, were al-
legedly responsible for the shooting death of
Mikeal "Short Buck" Lancaster, 27, who was
killed on Saturday morning while at his Dan
Kelly, Picton Road, Laventille home.
Lancaster was shot three times in the head
and four times in the chest at close range, ac-
cording to an autopsy. Initially, it was reported
that Lancaster was shot and killed during an
alleged shootout with police. But his mother
denied this claim, saying she was home when
police came into the house and entered his
Residents staged a fiery protest at the John
John traffic lights following his death, forcing
Laventille MP Fitzgerald Hinds to intervene to
calm the situation. It was this protest action
that prompted Hinds to invite Williams and
several other heads of various police units, in-
cluding acting ACP Anti-Crime Operations
Irwin Hackshaw, Snr Supt (CID) Radcliffe
Boxhill and Snr Supt of the Inter Agency Task
Force Simbonath Rajkumar.
At the meeting, held at the Spree Simon
Community Centre, Laventille, angry res-
idents took to the microphone for over four
hours to vent their feelings and thoughts on the
shooting incident to Williams and the panel.
One resident, identified as only Dixie Ann,
said Lancaster was her nephew and she wanted
nothing less than justice for his death. She told
Williams there were a lot of officers who are
corrupt and directly involved with the Rasta
City gang because "that's where the money is."
She claimed these officers carried out devious
acts against young Muslim men on behalf of
the Rasta City gang.
Another resident, who was not identified,
said officers allegedly wore bands on their
hands and carried chains that symbolised their
connection to the Rasta City gang.
"They would come around us and harass
us and when they driving in their vehicle they
showing us their Rasta City bands or raising the
chains and talking about Rasta City forever,"
the resident claimed.
Williams interjected and asked if the man
could identify such officers. The resident and
several others shouted yes and Williams gave
instructions for them to directly share the in-
formation with him.
One resident before, identified as Dale
Mitchell, called out the names of officers he
alleged were directly linked to the Lancas-
ter incident, saying his brother in Islam was
"murdered by the police officers." Mitchell also
mentioned other cases where individuals were
also allegedly killed at the hands of the same
officers over the years.
Another resident called for Williams to de-
tain the officers for questioning, even as inves-
tigations were ongoing. Williams said there was
a procedure to follow, but assured the officers
will be transferred out of the community.
But this did not go down well with the res-
idents, as they claimed the officers will "go
do whatever they are accustomed to doing in
the other areas that they will be sent to. We
want them suspended or fired immediately."
"We want justice now and will not give up
until we get that justice. We will have to take
matters into our own hands, but we don't want
to reach to that level. But if we have to protest
and block roads and shut down businesses to
say how serious we are, we will do it," another
One of the residents also told Williams blood
was seen on the boots of one of the officers
who were there during the protest hours after
Lancaster was fatally shot. He said the officer
was told to give up his boots and firearm at the
Besson Street Police Station, but was unsure if
the officer did do as instructed. Williams did
not comment on this.
At the end of the meeting, most of the
residents, who were not satisfied with what
Williams explained to them in relation to the
future of the named officers, called on Williams
to resign because he was not making any sense
to them. They then walked out.
During the meeting, it was disclosed that
no Crime Scene Investigators had gone to the
scene to process it. Williams committed to
sending in a team yesterday morning.
At the Lancasters' residence yesterday,
five days since the incident, a team of crime
scene officers arrived after 10 am and carried
out extensive investigations and took several
photographs. They were also given about eight
spent shells which were recovered from the
scene on Saturday morning by residents.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian, Lan-
caster's sister, Mahalia, alleged that the same
group of officers involved in the fatal shooting
broke down the door to her home and entered
her bedroom asking for her brother about six
weeks ago and again on the night before his
Lancaster's father, Victor, said he was a bit
disappointed that no crime scene investigators'
came to the house on Saturday, but thanked
Williams for his intervention and hoped that
the police would carry out a fair investigation.
Man shot 10 times
Two men were killed
down in separate inci-
dent between Tuesday
night and yesterday,
taking the toll to 81.
In the latest incident,
Garvin Junior Raymond,
27, of Bhagaloo Street, En-
terprise, Chaguanas, was
gunned down mere metres
from his house yesterday.
According to police, at about 1 pm Raymond was
walking along the roadway when a gunman walked up
to him and opened fire. He was shot ten times about
the body, including once in the head. Stray bullets also
damaged nearby houses during the attack.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yesterday, a neigh-
bour, who did not want to be identified, said she was
sitting outside dozing off when she was awakened by
"I just hear the shots and I fly off from the chair
and run inside my house to hide. It was after when
the place get back quiet I shout out to somebody to
go and see who get shot and that was when they said
it was Garvin dead right there."
The neighbour described Raymond as a quiet and
respectable young man in the area.
"I have no idea why anyone would have wanted
Raymond was one of four sons for his father, pop-
ularly known as Pablo.
Another resident, who had just come out a taxi,
shouted in frustration on hearing the news.
"Hot, hot sun like this, they coming out to kill some-
body. Whether it's night or day they killing. What going
on in this place, this place gone mad."
Raymond's body was viewed by the District Medical
Officer, Dr Indarjit Birja and an autopsy is expected to
be performed today at the Forensic Science Centre in
St James. Investigations are continuing.
In the second incident, Kenard Lucas, 21, of Gill
Street, Valencia, succumbed to gunshot wounds at the
Sangre Grande District Hospital after being attacked
by gunmen during a home invasion on Tuesday night.
Lucas' friend, Travis Maloney, 23, also of Valencia, was
said to be in stable condition at hospital last night.
Police said around 11.20 pm, the two and other
friends were liming at Maloney's home when two
armed men invaded the house and opened fire on
Lucas was shot several times in chest and abdomen,
while Maloney was shot in his left leg. Their friends
ran for cover and escaped harm.
A party of officers led by ASP Robain and includ-
ing Sgt Lopez-Carr, PCs Samuel, Baptiste-Benoit,
Wallace, Ramnarine, Sookdeo, Charles and Joseph
Police took both men to Sangre Grande District Hos-
pital, where Lucas died during surgery and Maloney
was treated and warded.
Collin Lucas, father of the deceased, told police he
had always warned his son about choosing his friends
wisely. He said when his son told him he was going for
a lime by his friend he cautioned him not to get into
any illegal activity. He made a public appeal for gun-
men to have pity and stop the killing. PC Sutherland,
of Homicide Region II, is continuing investigations.
Laventille resident Dale Mitchell during Tuesday's town meeting with acting Commissioner
of Police Stephen Williams. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Angry Laventille residents tell all at meeting
Blackman's funeral tomrorow
Links Archive February 22nd 2017 February 24th 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page