Acting Commissioner of Police Errol Alexander said on Tuesday that all law enforcement officials should learn a lesson from the Chakadan Daniel inquest report.
Alexander said the action of law enforcement officials is always subject to review and people have the right to question police action and sometimes the results are not always favourable.
“That is a lesson for us to learn from as police officers and all law enforcement officers,” he said.
The acting police chief noted that there are certain guidelines, laws and procedures that have been put in place for police to follow and they should at all times be adhered to.
“I think if they follow these guidelines it will help to minimise such incidents of deaths in police custody. Because when we have prisoners in custody we have to ensure their safety,” he explained.
Alexander also confirmed that the file is now with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Victoria Charles Clarke, who will decide on the next step. Until then, there is still a presumption of innocence.
While noting that he is not condoning the alleged unlawful behaviour of police, Alexander said he stands in solidarity with the accused officers and would ask other officers to give their support to them.
Nevertheless, he said the court will decide whether they are innocent or not.
The acting police commissioner said he cannot confirm rumours that the Daniel’s family has been threatened.
A coroner’s inquest found that 22-year-old Chakadan Daniel was “unlawfully killed.”