Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 2nd 2014 Contents Opening shot: Ian Alleyne,
short-sleeved shirt, mic, the,
ahem, spectacles, traipsing through
east Port-of-Spain on TV (June 22).
What city is this? Port-of-Spain-
au-Prince? The streets empty,
scarred asphalt and grey, mottled
concrete walls, a bright green build-
ing appearing and reappearing in
the background, a statutory dose of
absurdity, piles of burning debris,
billowing black smoke, flotsam and
jetsam of ordinary life (construction
materials, what looks like the skele-
ton of the roof of a small cottage,
pan racks, desks, soft-drink cases,
chairs, brown produce sacks)
dragged out into the streets, set afire
aided by "pitch-oil and gazette
paper." Unreal city, in the black haze
of toxic fog?
Shot switches: Here come the
people: to and from empty streets,
and clusters of angry black people,
young and old, male and female.
Young men, barebacked, oversize
three-quarter denim shorts falling
off their behinds, boxers showing,
bareheaded, some with bandanas
tied like bonnets over their heads,
knotted under the chin, all shouting,
angry, angry, the police had shot
"Police killin people innocent-
"Why the PM say she leggoing
she dawg on de youts?"
"Gary Griffith need to go now."
"Why police targeting black peo-
Cut to Daniel s mother, too dis-
traught to speak. A female relative:
he was coming home, waved to his
mother from the crest of the hill:
"I coming home, Mammy", then,
Cut to angry youth: "We was on
the corner taking a drink, Johnnie
Walker and Baileys, and the police
pass and leave we. They leave we.
Then three jeep of them pass. He
was coming with a box of food, and
they drag him in ah empty house
and shoot him."
Cut to Alleyne on the street,
young men jostling and rushing
past. He stops to speak to an older
man: "One of them young boy just
pass and slap me. He slap me. I
could do he back. But what is a
slap? I get plenty slap."
A group of barebacked young men
run past, shouting: "Look gunmen
up there, look, look."
The Bethlehem Girls School. A
few cops: jackboots, machine guns
at the ready, tactical vests, field hats,
black gloves, advance on the school.
An older man on camera:
"Whenever the gunmen feel like
shooting that is where they does
go. Sometimes school does have to
close and children send home."
Cut to Alleyne, trotting down the
street, appearing, remarkably, simul-
taneously confident and clueless,
in charge but just a step behind the
action, peering cautiously round the
corner to the Bethlehem school.
Police and youths rush past in the
middle of the road. No cars. Nothing
that signals normal midday com-
merce, public transportation, people
about lawful business.
From off camera, a shout: "You
wearing too much makeup, Ian!"
"Police stop harassing me!"
Cut to ghetto youth: "The police
in the wrong place and killing the
wrong people. Fellers from Beverly
Hills, when they see bodies moving
down here, does start to buss shots."
"Here" is Desperlie, "there" is Bev-
erly Hills---where the real gangsters
are. They who bounce off shots at
people at random and at police, they
whom the police avoid, according
to the canaille s consensus.
Apparently, allegedly, the Daniel
killing was part of a
response/reprisal to a soldier being
Cut to a maroon metallic sports
car, back window shattered, a cluster
of bullet holes on the doorpost.
Holes big enough to fit a hotdog
through. It looks like the car was
mauled by a giant bear. Residents
take Ian through yards showing bul-
let-holes in galvanised metal sheets.
Cut to man to the camera: "I liv-
ing here for years. The police come
and drag me out asking me, Who
livin with you? Who livin with
you ? I say, Nobody, you welcome
to come and see. And they push
me and run in my house."
Shots of women/men saying
police break down their doors, shoot
up their houses, destroy their pos-
sessions. No search warrants shown.
Cut to Ian Alleyne trotting up an
alley, talking to a couple of tasty-
looking flygirls, one in a gold and
red skin-tight hot-pants number,
the other wearing a sizeable gold
crucifix on a thick chain and other
gold jewelry. Hair. Smiles. Flashing
Gunshots and tragedy go into
remission. Which crew they running
with? On the periphery small chil-
dren, in too large clothes, clinging
to teenage girls in tight pants,
coloured, braided hair, elaborate
weaves, young, tired, desperate
faces. Older women, looking on jad-
From off-camera, a persistent
shout of "Men with ten warrant and
no arrest." And "Single parents try-
ing to feed they children out here."
Cut to Ian with a mic, pointing
at an angry young woman, who
screams at the camera: "Marlon
Douglas come and mind your
child...I fed up." Mr Douglas appar-
ently has a number of outstanding
warrants for non-payment of child-
maintenance. His name and address
were also screamed out.
Cut to child with camera-phone,
telling Ian that he, too, is filming.
Ian takes a minute to show the
youngster how to look for the
A little distance away, CNC3 s
cameras are interviewing the mother
of a woman who was shot while
shielding her child from gangsters
shooting it out. A gaggle of people,
standing around, quietly, herd-like.
No protests, no shouting about
police and injustice, just fear and
Cut to the woman s mother cry-
ing, her daughter crying. The moth-
er says: "She run into the shop, say-
ing she just trying to protect the
child and they shoot her. My daugh-
ter never hold a gun. Why she had
to die by one?"
The victim s sister says to the
camera: "I hope whoever do this
give their life to Jesus."
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