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Police Commissioner Stephen Williams
is expected to forward the police report
on Sunday s shooting of 23-year-old
Beetham resident Christopher Greaves to
the Police Complaints Authority (PCA)
PCA director Gillian Lucky revealed this
to Greaves family at their Beetham Gardens
Lucky, who felt it was her duty to pay a
personal visit to the family, said the PCA
started investigating the shooting 12 hours
after it occurred.
She assured the family that no stone
would be left unturned and no cover-up
would take place during the investigation.
Greaves was shot and killed by police on
Sunday afternoon while returning from a
shop two streets away from his Fifth Street
While police have maintained that Greaves
was carrying a weapon, Beetham residents
took to the Priority Bus Route and the
Beetham Highway on Sunday and Monday
to protest, claiming that Greaves was
unarmed and a victim of police brutality.
Lucky yesterday promised a thorough
investigation and asked residents to cease
all violent protests and to stop burning tyres
and throwing objects, as it had made matters
"We need to focus on the real situation,"
she said, "and that is the circumstance under
which this young man was killed."
She said citizens should not have to worry
that when they are driving through the
Beetham they would be attacked.
"This morning I called the Commissioner
of Police and made it clear to him that I
want the report from the police officers
involved in the shooting and I was told that
DCP (Mervyn) Richardson would complete
the report within 72 hours of the shooting,"
"The report should be in my office by
Lucky said the PCA also had an inde-
pendent investigator witness Greaves autop-
"We have also received information from
witnesses and I am asking everybody else
with information to bring it forward," she
Lucky said the PCA would be actively
monitoring the situation.
"We did it in Moruga, and as you know,
that matter went to court," she said.
in Beetham. There will be no covering up
of evidence, but expect the police to use
the scientific evidence available.
"I can t tell you what the scientific evi-
dence will show. What I can tell you is we
will do everything necessary. Where the
chips fall, so they fall.
"I have told the commissioner we must
rely on scientific evidence. If a firearm was
found, it has to be tested.
"We want to see whose fingerprints are
on it, because they can t just say they found
a firearm. Science has moved forward
enough to tell us what we need to know."
Greaves mother Annette asked Lucky
several questions about details the autopsy
showed, the reason why police allowed
Greaves to bleed in the alley and the reason
for the aggressive police response to the
While Annette said she was glad Lucky
had visited, she said it could not take away
from the pain of losing her son.
"When you bring forth a child you will
feel pain, so you must feel pain when your
child dies," she said.
She also appealed for President Anthony
Carmona to take note of the situation.
"The police are as wicked as the
bandits...they are mafia police," she said.
"I know everything is in God s hands and
I know my son s soul will rest in peace."
be no cover-up
CoP sends shooting report to PCA today...
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"The police must not be part of the problem
when it comes to crime. They need to be the
solution. An investigation needs to take place
and the proper disciplinary action needs to hap-
When the T&T Guardian visited Greaves
home yesterday, his 20-year-old fiancee, Khannah
Thomas, sat on the floor in his living room hold-
ing back tears and listening to Bruno Mars
There ll Be No Sunlight If I Lose You Baby.
In a brief interview, she described feeling only
sadness for herself and for Greaves two children,
one-year-old Isaiah and Christopher Josiah, five.
"We had a lot of plans," she said as she played
with her engagement ring.
She said like most people his age, Greaves,
who worked at National Fisheries, was still trying
to figure out life and hoping to buy a car and
provide a home for his young family.
Greaves funeral will take place at the Morvant
Open Bible Church tomorrow at 2 pm.
While residents seemed to have settled back
to their lives and there was still a minor police
presence in the community yesterday, community
activist Anderson Wilson said although things
had cooled down yesterday he could not say
what would happen for the rest of the week.
lot of plans
Police Complaints Authority chairman Gillian Lucky, right, speaks with Annette Greaves,
mother of police shooting victim Christopher Greaves, during a visit to their home at
Beetham Gardens yesterday. PHOTO: ANDY HYPOLITE
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