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Philbert to get report on police killings

By RHONDOR DOWLAT Sunday, October 12 2008

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ACTING POLICE Commissioner James Philbert is expected to get a comprehensive report tomorrow on the police killings which occurred over the past week.

According to a senior officer, Philbert mandated Superintendent Wayne Boyd of the Anti- Kidnapping Unit to investigate the respective police killings and gave him a deadline of one week.

When asked why Philbert appointed Boyd the responsibility, the officer said, “because Philbert preferred an independent body to investigate the officers who were allegedly involved in the police killings which have claimed the lives of four persons”.

When asked about the incident involving officers of the Special Anti Crime Unit of Trinidad and Tobago (SAUTT) that allegedly seized a large quantity of marijuana valued $4 million during an exercise near Toco on Wednesday and where it was reported that an unidentified man who tried to elude arrest crashed his vehicle and died while two others escaped, the officer said, “Well, to my knowledge SAUTT are not supposed to conduct road blocks or similar exercises like what I heard that they did on Wednesday.

“As far as I know the TT Police Service cannot comment on anything involving SAUTT, maybe the Government directly or an independent body.”

Last Saturday, Akiel Parris, 28, and Kerry Springer, 18, were fatally shot during an alleged shootout with police at Pump Trace, Picton Road, Laventille.

On Monday at 4 am Careme Saint Aimee, 19, of Prizgar Lands and Circular Road, Laventille was accosted by officers of the North Eastern Inter Agency Task Force at a road opposite to Nicholson Avenue, Prizgar Lands — not too far from his home, where they opened fire on him.

On Wednesday at about 3 pm Russel Samuel, 33, of La Canoa Road, Lower Santa Cruz, was shot in the back by an officer of the Northern Inter Agency Task Force.

Samuel was then picked up and thrown in a police vehicle where he was allegedly taken to a hill in Bourg Mulatresse and allegedly shot three more times in the abdomen.

For the year thus far there have been 23 incidents in which police officers allegedly fatally shot 29 persons.

Here is the updated listing:

1) January 12 — Andre “Ratty” Robinson shot and killed by police in Morvant

2) January 18 — Police shot and killed Sheldon James, 32, of multiple addresses, including Indian Alley Road, San Juan and Mausica, Arima, during a foiled robbery attempt at a guesthouse in Bacolet, Scarborough.

3) January 31 — Marvin Trim, 28, of Osbourne Lane, Petit Bourg, an alleged car thief, was shot dead by police.

4) February 4 — Jason Boatswaine, 24, of Second Caledonia, Morvant, shot dead by police.

5) February 13 — Afoon Leon Sing, 32, a suspected burglar was killed by police at Bobb Street, La Romaine.

6) February 20 — Hashim “Two Son” John, 17, and Chad “Beenie” Jones, 21, shot an killed by police near a basketball court in the Trou Macaque/Laventille area.

7) February 10 — Off duty policeman PC Harmare Lakraj shot and killed one of two assailants who stormed into the Cheers Bar, Sangre Grande, owned by Abdul Ali.

8) April 7 — Kevin “Sneeze” Sampson, 42, shot dead by Central Division Task Force officers while delivering an Uzi sub-machine gun to a customer in Couva.

9) April 9 — Mustapha “Taliban” Edwards, 21, of Spring Side Avenue, Eastern Quarry, Laventille, beaten and shot dead by police.

10) April 25 — Damien “Chemist 111” Baptiste of Couva killed by police in Moruga.

11) June 10 — a 28-year-old man of La Romaine was shot after he attempted to stab a police officer while resisting arrest in the Gulf View area.

12) June 11 — Kerwin Mitchell, 17, of no fixed place of abode killed by police at Seventh Avenue, Malick.

13) June 13 — Rawle Charles, shot multiple times by police at Watts Trace, Brothers Road, Tabaquite.

14) July 25 — Three persons were killed during a shootout in Malabar, Arima. They were identified as: Obassie Andrews of Samaroo Village, Keron Ali, and Andrew Walters of Train Line, Pinto Road, Arima.

15) August 8 — Kern Mitchell, 15, who was shot by police on August 7, died at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital on August 8.

16) August 20 — Magnus Charles, 23, of Santa Cruz and Neil Eligon, 28, of Santa Cruz and Diego Martin were killed by police in San Juan.

17) September 13 — Kevin De Verteuil was shot by Eastern Division police at a bar in Arima following a stabbing incident.

18) September 16 — at about 9.30 am officers from the St James CID and the Joint Army/Police Patrol were on patrol in the hills in Cocorite when they opened fire on four men, killing two — Osbourne “Butto” Daniel, 24 and an unidentified man.

19) September 17 — Kevin “Brothers” Duncan was fatally shot at Sorzano Street, Belmont.

20) September 27 — a reported car thief identified as Prince Gomez, 22, of Tacarigua was fatally shot by police at the Piarco Intersection, Churchill Roosevelt Highway.

21) October 4 — Akiel Parris, 28, and Kerry Springer, 18, were fatally shot during an alleged shootout with police at Pump Trace, Picton Road, Laventille.

22) October 6 — Careme Saint Aimee, 19, shot dead by police at Prizgar Lands, Laventille at about 4 am. Saint Aimee had dual citizenship in Trinidad and Tobago and Martinique.

23) October 8 — at about 3 pm Russel Samuel, 33, of La Canoa Road, Lower Santa Cruz, was shot in the back by an officer of the Northern Task Force.

He was then picked up, thrown in a police vehicle and taken to another location where he was shot three more times.

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