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Cops kill man
in knife attack
JENSEN LA VENDE
A San Juan man was killed by police
on Tuesday night after he attacked his
90-year-old grandmother with a knife
at their Don Miguel Road home.
The deceased, now the 22nd man killed by
police for the year, was identified as Damien
According to police reports, they responded
to a report that Downey was brandishing a
knife and terrorising his grandmother Marry
Two officers responded and arrived around
8.05 pm but were attacked by Downey who
was then shot. One of the officers was slashed
on one of his hands.
The injured man and the officers were taken
to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Com-
plex where Downey was pronounced dead
Speaking with the T&T Guardian at the
scene of the incident, Downey's uncle, Garth
Ettienne, said he called the police after his
nephew began acting erratic.
Ettienne described his nephew was a loner.
He said Downey was never diagnosed as being
mentally ill. He said his nephew spent a week
at the St Ann's Psychiatric Hospital but the
report was inconclusive.
Ettienne since then his nephew never ex-
hibited any symptoms that warranted another
visit to the mental institution.
Asked about the police's use of force, Et-
tienne said: "It is what they know, it is what
they have. I don't think that it will change
any time soon," adding there was need for
better training of police officers to deal with
Ettienne said the police training was not
in keeping with 21st Century standards and
he was pessimistic that their training will
improve anytime soon.
Speaking following the weekly police press
briefing yesterday public information officer
for the police service, ASP Michael Pierre
said the issue of arming police officers with
non-lethal weapons needed to be addressed
on a legislative level.
He said that he was unaware if any request
or suggestions which had been made for the
arming of officers with non-lethal weapons.
"Unlike the members of the public who can
run away from a situation, once a report is
made to the police we must attend to that
situation and if upon reaching it is required
of us to act we will do so as the police. We will
welcome any form of advancement in terms
of using force against anyone," Pierre said.
In a telephone interview with the T&T
Guardian yesterday president of the Police
Service Social and Welfare Association, Insp
Michael Seales said the issuing of non-lethal
weapons does not need legislative interven-
tion. Seales is one of the many voices that
called for the implementing of non-lethal
weapons for officers.
Recently, public outrage was sparked after
four mentally ill patients were killed by police
officers in separate incidents.
In March, mentally ill patient, Paul March-
an, 30, was shot and killed after he reportedly
attacked a family member and tried to stab
two police officers at Richplain, Diego Martin.
In April 1, Raymond Joseph, 51, of Mahaica
Road, Point Fortin, was shot after he alleged-
ly attempted to grab the gun of a municipal
police officer who had assisted in taking him
to the Area Hospital. Relatives of Joseph, a
retired soldier, had sought the police's help
to take him to the hospital for treatment.
Also, in May, mentally ill patient Miguel
Rodriguez, 24, was fatally shot by an off-du-
ty police officer during an altercation near a
bar in Moruga. And in June, Daniel Paul was
killed by police who responded to a report
that he had been throwing bottles at a car
in Ste Madeleine.
40 money laundering charges for woman
A 43-year-old Ari-
ma woman who was
arrested two years
ago with tendering
a forged Bachelor of
Arts Degree appeared
in court on Tues-
day charged with 40
charges of money
out of payments re-
ceived from the job
she secured with said
Giselle Buckmire, of
Red Hill, D'Abadie, is
accused of laundering
$468,000 between July
26, 2012 and July 28, 2015.
She was charged in
October 2015, with ten-
dering a forged Anglia
Ruskin University Bach-
elor of Arts certificate, in
support of her job appli-
cation, to the Eastern Re-
gional Health Authority
(ERHA), in 2012 where
she worked in the Human
After her arrest, the
Branch (FIB) launched
an investigation into the
benefit obtained between
2012 and 2015, which
resulted in her being
charged with 40 offences
of money laundering.
before Senior Magis-
trate Gillian David-Scot-
land, in the Arima First
Magistrates' Court, on
Tuesday and was granted
$150,000 bail or $15,000
Las Cuevas man
killed in Morvant
The man, who was killed in Morvant on Tues-
day night has been identified only as "OJ" who
is said to be originally from Las Cuevas.
According to a police report, at about 10.30 pm
the victim was at Poinsettia Drive when he was shot
He was found dead on the street.
Police described him as of African descent, believed
to be in his 30's. There was also a tattoo of a scorpion
on the right side of the neck.
T&T Guardian received information that OJ was
originally from St Michael's Village in Las Cuevas.
One of the dead man's relative's, who asked not to
be identified, said that he heard his nephew had been
killed but was not sure of the motive.
He said OJ had moved out of the village a long time
ago and was unsure as to his nephew's real name either.
Police are continuing their investigations.
The latest killing has taken the murder toll to 226
for the year.
to ID cutlass
RADHICA DE SILVA
Police are using fingerprint analysis in an attempt
to identify a homeless man, who died after being
shot by police during a fracas at Union Hall, Cross
Crossing in San Fernando last Saturday.
Senior investigators said they were hoping that a
member of the public could help them identify the
man who was shot in the chest around 10.30 am.
Video footage of the attack was uploaded to
social media after the fatal shooting and sparked
hundreds of comments in support of the police.
In the video the man was seen walking on the
road with a cutlass.
As the police car pulled in front of the man, he
ran to the driver's side and began firing chops. An-
other police vehicle pulled up behind and an officer
alighted but the man chased after the officer with
the blade raised in his hand.
A single shot was fired and the man fell to the
ground. He was taken to the San Fernando General
hospital where he subsequently died.
Contacted after the killing, Director of the Police
Complaints Authority David West said the footage
of the shooting has been obtained by the PCA.
Asked whether the matter was being investigat-
ed, West said, "The PCA has yet to make a deter-
mination on this particular incident. "
Now that a deputy director Michelle Solo-
mon-Baksh has been appointed, West said in-
vestigations into alleged police malpractice and
corruption are continuing.
He said between May 8 to June 29, when Solo-
mon-Baksh was sworn in, the PCA obtained 23 new
cases to investigate but were unable to pursue any
in the absence of the deputy director.
Asked whether additional staff was needed to
deal with the workload, West said no.
"We working at normal capacity. We did analysis
and there were 23 complaints over that month so
it is manageable with the current staff," West said.
He noted that the PCA had over 800 active in-
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