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Police and Beetham residents yesterday
clashed for a second day as another fiery
protest broke out along the Priority Bus
Route and the Beetham Highway.
Gunshots were also exchanged between
the police and residents who continued their
protest over the fatal shooting of Beetham
resident Christopher Greaves.
Greaves, 23, of Fifth Street in Beetham,
was shot by police on Sunday while walking
to a parlour on Third Street. Police then
reportedly prevented residents from attend-
ing to him for a half hour before they even-
tually put him in a van and took him to the
hospital. He, however, died before reaching
Police claimed Greaves was armed and
fired on them when they challenged him,
while the residents claimed he was unarmed
and was attacked by the police on his way
to the parlour. This led to a fiery demon-
stration on Sunday evening, with residents
piling debris onto the Beetham Highway
and Priority Bus Route and setting it alight.
Yesterday, those protests continued. The
residents again threw rubble, furniture and
other debris onto the Beetham Highway
and the PBR. They even unloaded a dump
truck that was filled with trees and bush
onto the highway. This caused a backup of
traffic to Wrightson Road.
Police called for reinforcement and mem-
bers of the T&T Regiment, Inter Agency
Task Force and Guard and Emergency Branch
Traffic came to a complete standstill as
the residents took the protest to the middle
of the Priority Bus Route. Police also used
tear gas to quell the protest along the
The residents threatened the police, who
in turn called in an Amalgamated Security
truck to put residents they planned to arrest.
"All you want to talk but bring van to
lock up people? We want justice," residents
Deputy police commissioner Mervyn
Richardson and Supt Carlyle Huggins
attempted to subdue the angry protesters,
but could do little to calm their anger.
The residents, including Greaves girl-
friend, Khannah Thomas, again said yes-
terday he was carrying only a $2 soft drink
when he was killed.
Thomas stood holding their one-year-
old toddler in her arms.
"That s wickedness. You can t kill the boy
for a soft drink just so. They have a right
to protest. He kiss his son and went to buy
a soft drink," she said.
In an interview at the Forensic Science
Centre yesterday, Greaves mother, Annette,
also said her son had gone to buy a soft
drink when he was killed. The mother of
six said Greaves was the youngest of her
"The police run into a fence and start to
shoot. He didn t know they was shooting
him, so he started to run when he heard
the gunshots. The police who shoot him
leave and call a new batch to stay, while
them who kill him gone," she claimed.
Annette said she believed her son was
killed because of mistaken identity.
"They just fly in a man house and shoot
up the place. It have children around. It
have rogue elements in the Police Service
and the commissioner can t see it. If my
child was a gunman I wouldn t mind. Why
them doing those things? They suppose to
protect and serve," she said.
"God don t sleep and nothing goes unpaid.
They have mothers, brothers and sisters and
they have to lie to cover up their tracks. They
don t like Beetham people at all. Nobody
will trust the police. But I trust God."
Residents insist police killed unarmed man
Annette Greaves, mother of Christo-
pher Greaves who was shot dead by
police in Beetham Gardens, Sunday.
PHOTO: BRIAN NG FATT
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"As a society, T&T, cannot continue to condone
such behaviour by the citizens."
Williams said everyone spoke of rights but won-
dered where were the rights of normal citizens
travelling along the Beetham Highway, the Priority
Bus Route and the Eastern Main Road whose vehi-
cles were targeted by the Beetham Estate residents.
He said he had no police reports but knew of
media reports on the incidents, repeating that DCP
Mervyn Richardson had the lead on the matter
and he expected to be updated later yesterday.
Asked about what the tough measures would
be for residents who "step out of line," he said
they should be what the law required.
"If you block the road, obstructing the free pas-
sageway is an offence. It may not carry a massive
penalty but it is a criminal offence and you need
to exercise the law," he said.
On the issue of protesting over an incident,
Williams said: "In our system, we are a civil society
and I hear a lot of people speak about what is sup-
posed to take place in a civil society but what is
supposed to take place is following the rule of law.
"We have a system. If there is a situation where
a member of society is shot and killed, there is
supposed to be an investigation. We have a mech-
anism of a Police Complaints Authority which has
a responsibility to investigate the matter.
"And we have a system where we have an inquest
court, where a coroner sitting at an inquest court
will make a determination whether there is wrong-
doing by the police and, if so, the coroner will give
the direction in relation to criminal prosecution
out of the inquest.
"And that is the system we operate in a dem-
ocratic and civil society.
"It cannot be one where if you feel uncomfortable
with a situation, your neighbour has a gun and
you find that the neighbour should not be shot
and killed in a confrontation, that you would
protest. That cannot be right."
During yesterday s ceremony, approximately
US$150,000 worth of ICT equipment, funded by
the Inter-American Development Bank, including
45 computers, 12 high-resolution printers and soft-
ware, was handed over to the CSP, which is headed
by Gregory Sloane-Seale.
Acting CoP: We
rule of law
A police officer
jostles with a
man as he tries to
control a crowd of
flared during the
they claim was the
of a Beetham man
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