Trinidad police commissioner urged to reveal names of country’s 50 dangerous killers

Trinidad police commissioner urged to reveal names of country’s 50 dangerous killers
Attorney Subhas Panday addressing members of the media during his press conference, yesterday.

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — For­mer min­is­ter in the Min­istry of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Sub­has Pan­day is call­ing on Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith to ex­pose the names of the 50 dan­ger­ous shoot­ers re­spon­si­ble for the rise in homi­cides in T&T.

At a press con­fer­ence held at his San Fer­nan­do of­fice yes­ter­day, Pan­day said peo­ple are be­ing shot dai­ly while the Com­mis­sion­er keeps the in­for­ma­tion on the shoot­ers a se­cret.

“It ap­pears that the more mon­ey we spend on Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty with par­tic­u­lar ref­er­ence to crime solv­ing, the mur­der rate con­tin­ues to es­ca­late. This sit­u­a­tion is un­ten­able and it ap­pears that some­thing is not be­ing done right. It seems that throw­ing mon­ey alone in solv­ing crime is not work­ing,” Pan­day said.

He added that the truth ab­solves defama­tion so once there is cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion to im­pli­cate the shoot­ers, they should be ex­posed.

“I call up­on him to re­lease the names, pho­tographs and ad­dress­es of these 50 crim­i­nals. Con­front them by putting up their names and pho­tographs in the elec­tron­ic and print me­dia. Take the fight to them, print posters with them and place them in not on­ly every po­lice sta­tion or the pro­tec­tive ser­vices but paste them in con­spic­u­ous places—in all gov­ern­ment build­ings and oth­er pub­lic places. Since you say you know the ad­dress­es stick it up in their vil­lages. One thing crim­i­nals don’t like is to be ex­posed and known, that’s why when they shoot they run. The vil­lagers then could do sur­veil­lance on the peo­ple and in­form the po­lice at no cost,” Pan­day said.

He not­ed that the posters should read, “He can kill you.”

Once ex­posed, Pan­day said the crim­i­nals could be coun­selled by fam­i­ly mem­bers and re­li­gious lead­ers to turn them away from their de­viant be­hav­iour be­fore an ex­pen­sive tri­al be­gins.

“This will be cost ef­fec­tive. It will pre­vent col­lat­er­al dam­age to in­no­cent mem­bers of the pub­lic. This aware­ness will cause peo­ple to avoid cer­tain ar­eas,” Pan­day said.

He added that some of these crim­i­nals be­have as up­right men in their vil­lages but mi­grate to oth­er ar­eas and com­mit their crimes un­de­tect­ed.

“When you stick up posters in their vil­lages, the vil­lagers will be­come aware of the shoot­ers liv­ing around them. This may act as a de­ter­rent to them,” he added.

Pan­day al­so said cam­eras can­not be placed on every lamp post on every street in a coun­try as a method of de­tec­tion nei­ther could there ever be a suf­fi­cient num­ber of po­lice of­fi­cers to deal with them.

“If the pop­u­la­tion is giv­en the rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion about crim­i­nals then there is the pos­si­bil­i­ty of 2.6 mil­lion eyes through­out the coun­try on the look­out.

“Crime is every­body’s busi­ness and we must ad­vise the pop­u­la­tion to mind their busi­ness. There must be a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween the pop­u­la­tion and the pro­tec­tive ser­vices in deal­ing with crime. Hav­ing giv­en the pop­u­la­tion the rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion in­form­ing them that the man in that pho­to­graph can kill you and then they will be mo­ti­vat­ed to pro­tect their own lives and in­ter­est and to work with the po­lice to deal with him,” he said.

He al­so said that the pub­lic could call Gary di­rect­ly with the in­for­ma­tion.

Con­tact­ed for com­ment, Grif­fith said Pan­day was mis­in­formed.

“He does not un­der­stand that it is not that we can­not find the per­sons of in­ter­est. It is not a case or a need to ac­quire Boun­ty Hunters to find crim­i­nals who are on the run and hid­ing,” Grif­fith said.

Say­ing putting up posters would serve no pur­pose, Grif­fith said, “We know them. We know who they are. There is a dif­fer­ence be­tween the in­tel­li­gence of pin­point­ing a sus­pect to hav­ing ev­i­dence to have them ar­rest­ed. There is a dif­fer­ence. There is al­so no such thing as the per­fect crime.”

He said if any­one want­ed to help they could find the wit­ness­es to come for­ward.

“Many usu­al­ly see when it hap­pens but say noth­ing ei­ther due to fear of reprisal, or af­fil­i­a­tion with the same shoot­er. They refuse to talk and even pro­tect them, as they are seen as the Robin Hoods in the same com­mu­ni­ties that they tor­ment by killing young men in cold blood,” Grif­fith added.

Grif­fith has re­vealed that there are “over 50 shoot­ers linked to var­i­ous gangs” in this coun­try who are re­spon­si­ble for the “sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of ho­mi­cides, via gang ac­tiv­i­ty.”

He said this was the rea­son why the Bail Amend­ment Bill is a “crit­i­cal tool” in be­ing a strong de­ter­rent and en­sur­ing that when crim­i­nals are held they re­main be­hind bars.


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