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East PoS residents call out Young
East Port-of-Spain residents yesterday dared Port-of-Spain North MP Stuart Young to walk the streets and show them the joint police and Defence Force patrol camps he spoke of in the Senate on Tuesday.
The “call out” came yesterday as the residents, noting his claims in the Senate, said they were yet to see Young or the increased police and army presence he spoke to in the wake of their protest over the police killing of Akel “Christmas” James and shooting of innocent autistic Qhe Baisden on Monday.
“The man (Young) ain’t come around to see what going on in the community here, how the police does distress we, but if it’s the week before election he will be sure to walk about to get we vote. Is our vote that have him there where he is and he can’t come and pretend to show us he care?” one resident, who wished not to be identified, said.
In giving an update on the situation in East PoS in the Senate on Monday, Young, who is also a Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, said following Monday’s protests there were at least two camps of joint police/army patrols in the community, which would remain and be supplemented as needed going forward.
But residents yesterday questioned what Young was really referring to.
“There were no added police and soldier camps to the area…what he really saying?” they asked, noting they were also yet to see some sort of “personalised” compassion from Young towards them. “Them don’t come around to know what really going on. The camps I feel Young talking about, it’s the mobile post by Mango Rose or the post on Charlotte Street near the Renegades panyard, or the post which takes up part of the Duncan Street Plannings…but them thing there for years and years so what really he talking about?
“It have nothing new or added soldiers and police here, if it had we surely would know, right?” the resident added.
Contacted on the residents’ claim yesterday, Young said he was referring to the existing police and Defence Force units at Charford Court and Sogren Trace, “which exist together with the Duncan Street Police Post.”
When asked if he would meet with residents, he responded: “I will walk in my constituency, as I usually do, and I expect that when I do I will address the constituents, as I usually do.”
Young said there were ongoing investigations into the two shootings and he was sure “the appropriate bodies will inform all of us, citizens, what the outcomes of their investigations are.”
The T&T Guardian was told a joint exercise took place around 5 am yesterday near the Charlotte Street post and after that the police and soldiers were not seen on the streets for the rest of yesterday. Some 11 people were arrested during that exercise. There were also active police patrols in East Pos yesterday.
Meanwhile, Baisden’s brother Alím said he remained in a critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital yesterday.
“He is in and out of consciousness.
“What I am told is that when he wakes up he goes into shock and then slips back to an unconscious state. He is still critical and I can’t go and see him yet.”
An autopsy conducted on James revealed he died from multiple gunshot wounds.
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