Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 12th 2014 Contents GEISHA KOWLESSAR
Police Complaints Authority director
Gillian Lucky is upset over the refusal of
police to comply with PCA directives to
help in unravelling suspected cases of fatal
police shootings, saying this has led to a
breakdown in law and order within the
rank and file of the Police Service.
She made the statement during a press
briefing yesterday at the Waterfront Com-
plex, Port-of-Spain, as she noted there had
been a 100 per cent increase in police killings
from the year 2011 to 2014.
"Clearly, there is flagrant violation by
certain police officers to ensure compliance
with timelines and to ensure thoroughness
and fairness in investigations," Lucky said.
She also expressed concern that the
detection rate for murders was nine per
cent, saying this was the situation some
ten years ago.
There have been 26 police killings for
the year but the PCA is only monitoring
19 as those fell under the remit of the organ-
isation, she said. Of the 19 killings, eight
were in the North Eastern Division and six
in Central Division.
She said co-operation from the police
was critical to the PCA s ability to function
She added: "It is only in finding truth
that we can ensure justice. Within recent
times there have been several entities and
individuals who suggest that police officers
who shoot civilians are doing no wrong.
"But before reaching such an investigation
there must be an independent and thorough
investigation. The PCA does not prejudge
"It insists on timely, thorough and trans-
parent investigations by the Police Service.
Unfortunately these have not been met by
the Police Service in several instances."
Lucky said there was too big a delay
between the time of the shootings and
when the PCA was informed, adding there
was also a "great timeline" before critical
investigations could be completed.
She said Williams also announced that
body cameras for police would be introduced
in September. (See Pages A6 and A32)
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In making reference to several matters, some
dating back to before the PCA was established in
December 2010, Lucky said that was important to
show the lag in the submission of investigative files
by the police to the PCA.
Lucky made reference to four specific cases:
• Christopher Greaves was killed in a shooting
involving the police on September 1, 2013.
One version was that Greaves had a soda or bottle
in his hand and was shot dead by police on patrol.
Police claimed Greaves had a gun and shot at
Lucky said they made a request for the report
since January 27, 2014. She said the PCA visited the
scene shortly after Greaves's killing and when the
initial file was requested critical documents were
missing, including a UK report which tested the
"As there was no forensic evidence to support one
version to the other, this particular piece of
information was deemed critical by the PCA. To date
the PCA is not in possession of that scientific finding
with respect to the firearm.
"Further, the statements of three of the police
officers are dated September 6, 2013 and while some
might consider that acceptable, with respect to the
fourth officer involved in the matter, that statement
was dated October 1, 2013," Lucky said.
Describing this as unacceptable, Lucky said
Standing Order 4016 mandates immediate reports
be made when police were involved in shootings.
• The shooting death of Police Constable Anil
Persad was also brought to the fore. He was killed
while on duty on May 12, 2011.
Lucky said almost two years after Persad's death
the PCA had requested "yet again" the name of the
investigating officer and a copy of the file.
"We had written in November of 2012 and in
January of 2013 and we received no response.
"On January 13 , this year, we sent a letter to the
police commissioner in which we had heightened this
particular matter and several other matters which
the PCA remained waiting to get responses," Lucky
• Naim Dean, 21, was shot dead by a Special
Reserve Police officer (SRP) on April 11, 2014, in
Lucky said from the day of the killing to June 4,
2014, no statement was provided by the police
involved in the incident. She said on Tuesday she was
told that the investigator in charge of the probe did
"eventually" receive a statement from the SRP.
"When I spoke to the police officer in charge of the
investigation, he informed me he was in possession
of the statement and it is dated June 4, 2014 and the
police investigator received it only last Friday.
"This is only after some two months without any
explanation given to the PCA that this particular
officer gave his version of what occurred. Only
minutes before I came into the room to address the
media did I receive a copy of that statement," Lucky
• George "Ozzie" Ashby was shot and killed by
police on January 23, 2009. Lucky said on January 7,
2010, a magistrate ordered an inquest but to date
none was held.
"The PCA took on this matter, eventually tracked
down the police file, was able to speak to the
investigating officer and was able to confirm that up
to early this year, the file had not been sent to the
court so that the inquest could begin... that is not
justice," Lucky added.
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Among the issues Lucky discussed with
acting Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams was whether a body had been
formed to deal with fatal shootings of
civilians and police.
Lucky said Williams said while there
were initiatives to have such a body
formally implemented, the move must be
approved by National Security Minister
Gary Griffith, who has to take the matter
She said in the interim there was the
Professional Standards Bureau of the
Police Service, headed by ACP Peter
On providing the PCA with greater
details, Lucky said the PCA was given the
assurance that would be done.
Regarding legal advice, Lucky said the
PCA had hired a lawyer who would be
dealing with all the information and
intelligence with respect to police killings.
She said the PCA also recommended
that the body be informed when a police
killing occurred so it could also visit the
scene in a timely manner.
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Cops not taking
Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) Gillian Lucky addresses the media
during a press conference at the PCA's office at Tower D International Waterfront, Port-of-
Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
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