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Nothing achieved in police raid on East PoS
Given the spate of shootings that has occurred, particularly the recent killing of youths in Trinidad, I am one of the first persons to say that law enforcement officers should use the powers available to hunt down these criminal elements and bring them to justice. However, in carrying out their official duties, it does not give the police the divine right to violate the constitutional rights of ordinary citizens regardless of the residential area they live in.
Some may agree that there is nothing wrong with agents of the state using strong-arm tactics against citizens if it gets the job done. However, does the end justify the means? The police are blindly looking for wolves in the sheep pen when the wolves have already fled to other communities. The unfortunate reality is that after the police have left the wolves return.
“Firearms are used in almost 80 per cent of the murders in the country; therefore it is critical that the police target getting guns out of the hands of criminals,” said Ag Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams in January of this year. Even by summoning a contingent of 400 of all “the king’s horses and all the king’s men” the officers found no guns.
No ammunition and only a few grams of marijuana in East PoS! These raids are only successful if there is the element of surprise to catch criminals off guard. Common sense normally dictates that the more people involved, the greater the possibility that information will leak beforehand. Hence this is the reason why I believe they found nothing of worth on this trip. They (the criminals) knew the police were coming.
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