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Protests in Bagatelle

By NEWSDAY REPORTER Saturday, May 17 2014

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HELD: This composite photo shows two men, identified only as 'Big Mouth' at left and 'Dribbles' at right, being taken away by police during a fiery pr...
HELD: This composite photo shows two men, identified only as 'Big Mouth' at left and 'Dribbles' at right, being taken away by police during a fiery pr...

DESPITE the fact that high-level investigations have begun into the shooting death of Nigel Long at the hands of police, enraged Bagatelle residents staged a noisy and fiery protest yesterday leading to two of the protesters, identified only by their nicknames, “Dribbles” and “Big Mouth” being detained by police.

Residents told Newsday they were protesting after a promise that officers involved in the shooting would be present on Bagatelle Road, as part of the investigation, was not kept. Long’s relatives complained that there was no communication between police and them concerning the status of the investigation.

“The police were supposed to bring the officers since eight o’clock this morning. We gave them a bligh. They didn’t come, so we are going and burn the road,” shouted Lucilla Long, sister of the deceased.

As residents set fire to tyres which they had thrown onto the road, police officers and firemen arrived. During the protest, two men, identified by residents only by their nicknames “Dribbles” and “Big Mouth” were detained by police and taken away. “Big Mouth” was clad in a crime scene suit. Their arrests further enraged the crowd of protesters who intensified their chants.

“You can clearly see how they are treating the people. These police don’t care about human beings! They are being vindictive! You police don’t have a heart? You cannot ill treat people so!” Long shouted. Both men were later released by police without any charge being laid.

As the protesters chanted, “Who killed the man? Police!”, armed officers took up strategic positions around the protesters. On Tuesday at about 11.30 pm, 35-year-old Long was at Bagatelle Road when he was confronted by police.

Officers later claimed that Long drew a firearm and opened fire on them, leading to officers returning fire and hitting him several times. Long was later pronounced dead on arrival at St James Hospital. An autopsy confirmed that Long was shot four times.

Lee-Ann Alexander, 13, who was part of the protest yesterday described her uncle as a person who was like a father to her. “He was the only father figure I had. I even used to call him ‘daddy’. And now he is dead...killed by the police,” Lee-Ann cried.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Stephen Ramsubhag supervised officers at the scene.

“The Acting Commissioner of Police (Stephen Williams) has appointed a senior police officer to investigate this case and I am aware that it is being investigated expeditiously. Anyone who wishes to be interviewed in connection to the shooting are free to contact Senior Supt David, the commander of the Western Division.

“Anyone with information will be so obliged to do it in the interest of justice. However we will not condone any unlawful activity. We the police, are here to ensure safety and security for everyone. If you are having a peaceful protest and you want to send a message, you are well in your right to do so and we will abide. But we will not condone any burning of tyres or the blocking of the free passageway in the area,” ACP Ramsubhag said.

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