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An emotional Annette Greaves yesterday
said she would like President Anthony
Carmona to investigate the police killing
of her 23-year-old son Christopher.
After Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley
visited her Fifth Street, Beetham Gardens,
home yesterday, Greaves told the media her
son was shot in the back for no reason
whatever. Like other Beetham residents,
she insisted it was an act of police brutal-
ity.She said her son was standing with a
black soft drink in his hand when the police
shot him and he tried to run to his home
nearby after being shot.
"And when he ran he fell in front of his
brother s place," she said.
In fact, she claimed the police were about
to shoot her already wounded son again but
were stopped by a relative.
She said the police did not find any gun
on her son, although the police say he fired
at them when they challenged him.
Greaves said she wanted to know why
the police would leave a bleeding man to
"They leave him there, pick up all the
shells and they left and called another batch
of police from Pashley Street to investigate,"
the distraught mother said.
"This is what I want Gillian Lucky (Police
Complaints Authority director) and President
Carmona and the acting Commissioner of
Police Stephen Williams to investigate."
Williams, she said, must get rid of the
rogue elements in the Police Service.
She said she "won t render evil for evil"
but added that she knew how to pray.
"Everybody who are saying bad things
about Beetham, their time will come to
know that what hasn t met them won t pass
them," Greaves said.
"Beetham is a stigma, so they want to
kill out all Beetham men, but it has a God."
Earlier, Inez Lewis, 81, who was in a front-
page picture on yesterday s Newsday with
her dress raised, demanded an apology from
the paper over the photo, saying she was
very upset over it.
Other residents of Beetham threatened
to mount a protest against the newspaper
for publishing the picture. Lewis said she
had her "medical papers" from St Ann s
Hospital and had spent seven months there
after her daughter died.
Saying she loved Greaves like a son, Lewis
said she was upset on Sunday after being
prevented from seeing Greaves body when
he was killed by the police. However, on
Monday during the residents fiery protest,
she said she became overwhelmed after
police blocked her from getting to an area
to join other residents.
She said before she realised it she got into
a "state" and had partially undressed herself.
She said she since asked God to forgive her
for that deed, but all these emotions came
back to her yesterday after she saw the
She said: "The slightest thing trips me
and I am suffering with the heart and pres-
Rowley and MPs Nileung Hypolite and
Donna Cox walked the streets of Beetham
Rowley extended condolences to the
Greaves family. He said the investigation
into the killing must take place, but said
the people of Beetham must come together
to assist in the bigger problem in their com-
"We have to ensure that whatever we do
in response to whatever happens, we do it
within the law," he added.
Rowley told the Greaves family: "We
understand your grief, but there are bigger
issues and we are going to have to address
He said if the crime problem in Beetham
Gardens were to be solved, residents would
have to co-operate fully.
"We have special problems in here requir-
ing special solutions," he added.
Rowley told residents they were neither
forgotten nor abandoned, adding the People s
National Movement represents each of them
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He said the idea of the camera was introduced
by Professor Sherman, of Cambridge University,
who is leading an evidence-based policing initiative
to tackle crime in hot-spot areas. The initiative,
he added, was expected to start at the end of the
"As we understand this, the camera will be used
to record interviews between police and civilians,"
"I am not aware there is support by the mem-
bership for the cameras and that the devices would
deter police officers in engaging suspects and other
persons unless we believe it is an incidental free
During yesterday s press conference, Richardson
also tackled the Beetham protest, saying if residents
were arrested, that would have "triggered a greater
storm," especially since the majority were young
pregnant women, young men and children who
were used to form human chains.
But he made it clear that no one group would
hold the nation to ransom, despite the cause.
He said when he went to the Beetham on Mon-
day, he went with aim of having a discussion with
residents. He said, however, that it became clear
to him that residents were bent on blocking traffic
by forming human chains.
"Had we arrested the people then, today you
would have been asking why we used such a high-
handed manner," Richardson said.
Praising the police and soldiers for showing a
vast degree of restraint, Richardson said there were
also no injuries.
"Yet I hear on the media about excessive force,"
"So where do we stand? We should have a con-
versation whether we want to be a society that is
law-abiding, or a society where we could mash up
the place and that is all right.
"Not one person was brutalised, not one person
got a cuff, not one person was verbally abused.
There were bottles and stones raining down on the
police and soldiers, I eh see that published nowhere."
He said the police had met with the Professional
Standards Bureau and submitted an initial report
on Greaves killing. He said the report also contained
statements from the officers of the IATF who were
involved in Sunday s shooting.
The senior cop also gave the police s version of
what transpired. He said IATF officers were on
patrol when they encountered a group of men, one
of whom was Greaves.
"There was a stand-off and a gun was brandished
and pointed in the direction of the officers, and
the officers, in order to protect themselves, they
had cause to use their firearm and unfortunately
Mr Greaves was injured and taken to hospital and
sadly he died," Richardson said.
Asked what type of gun was brandished and
whether it was in Greaves possession, Richardson
refused to divulge those details.
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