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Police pulls over St Ann’s MP
Laventille East/Morvant MP Donna Cox is urging one of her parliamentary colleagues to report an incident involving a “disrespectful” police officer to the Police Complaints Authority. Cox said the matter involved Port-of-Spain North/St Ann’s West MP Patricia McIntosh. Cox gave the details of the incident when she made her contribution on the Bail Amendment Bill in Parliament on Friday. On Friday, Cox said, McIntosh was on her way home, when she observed a contingent of police officers.
McIntosh recognised a corporal and brought to his attention a double parking problem on the St Ann’s bridge. While speaking to the officer, Cox said, a sergeant approached McIntosh’s car, telling her to pull to the side. Cox said when McIntosh tried to explain to the senior officer what was the problem, she was ordered to get out of the car. “When she told him she was talking to the officer about the problem, he said to her that she might be using that as a ploy to distract the police and proceeded to search her trunk.”
The incident, Cox said, happened in full glare of the public and a few of McIntosh’s constituents. Cox said McIntosh has since raised the issue with National Security Minister Gary Griffith, who promised to look into the matter. “We are not saying that we are not subject to be searched. But not in that manner and the comments he made. “I think she needs to make a complaint to the Police Complaints Authority. I believe she needs to do that. I think that was disrespect to a Member of Parliament.”
McIntosh, Cox said, became very upset about the matter.
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