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PCA queries fatal police shooting probe

Thursday, October 3 2013

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Mother prays: Annette Greaves, whose son, Christopher, was shot and killed by police last month, prays before a PCA meeting with residents at Beetham ...
Mother prays: Annette Greaves, whose son, Christopher, was shot and killed by police last month, prays before a PCA meeting with residents at Beetham ...

Director of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) Gillian Lucky yesterday disclosed there were evidential discrepancies in the file submitted by police investigating the shooting of 23-year-old Beetham Gardens resident Christopher Greaves.

Lucky made this admission while she addressed a very small gathering of residents at the PCA’s public education and sensitisation meeting at the Phase 2 Basketball Court, Beetham Gardens, Port-of-Spain.

Greaves was killed on September 1 during an altercation with police officers. Residents have claimed the police fired on the father of two for no reason, while the police have maintained that Greaves was among a group of men, who challenged the police with a firearm.

Lucky said the PCA has gone through the file and there were issues that concern her.

“I have gone through it with a team and we are picking up things that we say are important, that we are not seeing that would help us to decide where the truth lies,” she said.

She noted that it has been more than 30 days since the death and while she understands investigations take a while, there should be certain things in the file and she has since called the investigating officer and requested it.

Lucky said she was aware that the autopsy shows that Greaves received three wounds to the back however, that does not automatically mean it was wrongdoing.

“What it does mean there has to be a thorough, scientific, clear independent investigation because that raises questions and that is the assurance I am giving you,” she told the residents. She assured Greaves’ mother Annette the investigation is ongoing and the PCA is monitoring it. She said when the probe is complete and based on the evidence, the PCA will make a recommendation they think appropriate.

“If at the end of the day, we still feel more could have been done by the police in the investigation we are going to say it,” she said.

Speaking with reporters after, Annette said she felt good about the investigation because of the response she was getting from Lucky. She explained, the reason there was a low turnout was because people in the area were not aware of the meeting.

Residents also got the opportunity to express their concerns and many of them spoke about police abusing their powers. Annette asked if the police enters a home to search and destroys personal belongings in the process who is responsible. Lucky advised her and others that the PCA is there to assist in any way they can and they should make use of the authority to make reports.

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