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‘Abusive cop left me shaking at the roadside’
Thursday, February 6 2014
THE EDITOR: This is an open letter to Ms Gillian Lucky, Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority. Dear Ms Lucky, I wish to place on record my disgust at the manner in which I was treated as a law-abiding citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, and the intimidation that followed as police officers of the Guard and Emergency Unit accosted me yesterday morning.
Around 6.45 am I was travelling into Port-of-Spain when a maroon coloured 4x4 pick-up pulled suddenly and directly in front of my vehicle. In order to avoid the sudden movement I pulled on instinct, without having the time to put on my indicator. Unknowing to me there was a police vehicle behind me. On hearing the siren I felt that the police saw when the driver gave me a “bad drive” and they were going after him. I looked in my mirror and saw that the police vehicle had stopped. I continued driving but on hearing the siren again I looked into my rear mirror to see a hand aggressively pointing to the left. I obeyed the signal. To my consternation at 6.45 am, I was greeted as follows. “Yuh coulda mash up mih ...face. What does wrong with all yuh.” My response was officer I got a bad drive from the pick-up. He replied yuh …lie, all yuh does lie too much that is why all yuh children does lie so much. I was shocked at his response because this officer knew absolutely nothing about me and was accusing me of making my children liars. In fact he didn’t even know if I had children. He continued that is why they does...kill allyuh in the Beetham. I couldn’t miss this one because the inference was obvious. But why would an officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (GEB) who has pledged to protect and to serve carry on in this disgraceful manner at 6.45 in the morning? The officer at the back was quiet throughout this sordid, surreal episode. The woman driver said something but I didn’t get this properly. The abuse continued unabated and every time I tried to explain to the officer what really happened, that obviously escaped then he continued with the tirade of filth. I realised that the officer was an ignorant fool and couldn’t be reasoned with. I was practically shaking. After venting his frustration on me, a law-abiding citizen of this country, who has been driving on the road for 32 years, who has never made an accident, who neither smoke, nor drink, who has never seen the doors of a court house, the vehicle drove off. I started to cry. What did Beetham have to do with me? I have never had an altercation with any police officer in my life. The insinuation was obvious. I was black. I belong to the worst place in the country because he felt I had given them a bad drive.
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