Woman, 81, feels ashamed for pulling up dress
By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Thursday, September 5 2013
Eighty-one-year-old Inez Lewis told the media yesterday that she was ashamed of her behaviour during Monday’s protest in Beetham Gardens.
Lewis was featured on the front page of Wednesday’s Newsday holding up her dress as she cried out during the protest. Lewis, speaking to reporters yesterday, recalled she was walking across the roadway, however, police officers on the scene, ordered her to remain where she was, and prevented all her attempts at moving.
“After I hear that, I just lost it. I was just so, so frustrated, because I knew that boy (Christopher Greaves), and I know that they killed him for no reason. So I was already emotional, and when the police prevent me from crossing, I just, start to act out, and I start to grab my clothes and strip.
“When the moment was done, I sat down and cried, because I was wondering to myself why I did that. If I went mad for a bit or something was wrong. But I was just frustrated, the whole situation was overwhelming. But then the moment passed, and I went on with my life. But today, I was brought back to that moment, and I was horrified to see it on the front page,” said Lewis.
Greaves was killed on Sunday afternoon during an altercation with police officers. Residents have claimed that the police fired on the 23-year-old father of two for no reason, while the police have maintained that Greaves was in a group of men, who challenged the police with a firearm. Speaking at the weekly press briefing at the police administration building along Edward Street, Port-of-Spain, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Mervyn Richardson revealed an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) has been appointed to spearhead investigations into Greaves’ death. Newsday understands the ASP is Surrendra Sagramsingh, who is assigned to the Court and Process Branch.
Richardson also told reporters that he had submitted an interim file on the killing to Police Complaints Authority Chairperson Gillian Lucky.
“We have met and have had discussions and as part of those discussions, we are even considering sending the final file on the incident to the Professional Standards Bureau,” Richardson said. He also said the officers who were involved in the shooting incident, said to be from the Inter Agency Task Force, have not been moved from their current posts.