The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service responded to the grieving Sea Lots community yesterday with rubber bullets and tear gas. There were no reports of residents hurling anything but insults at lawmen after a mother and her two children were knocked down and killed while allegedly standing on the pavement at the Port of Spain market.
But, as we all know, to be poor is a crime and to be poor and angry is a shoot-able offence.
Still, the rubber bullets might wear off before the verbal salvo from WIN TV freelance reporter Darryl “Cabbage Patch Kid” Heeralal.
“So listen right and I make no apologies; definitely not,” stated Heeralal, in his Facebook status update yesterday. “Woman and children get bounce and dead so the niggas from Sea Lots decides to riot just as the niggas on the Beetham, Laventille and Maloney do and then the government will have to give them handouts and the politicians who gain from the nigga support will act up…
“Meanwhile the rest of the hard working law abiding Africans and Indians will continue to get salt and live in fear of the rioting niggas.
“Time we arm ourselves shoot them in dey facking head and plant cabbage on them.”
It is hard to know where to start with a rant that is half-hate speech and half-bizarre agricultural tip. But, if a 14-year-old “Granny Quila” ended up being a target for the Attorney General and the subject of an investigation by ex-Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs, one assumes that the relevant police body is tracking Heeralal as we speak.
Just to be safe, Mr Live Wire recommends that the policemen take tear gas and rubber bullets along for the excursion.
Of course, the Sea Lots community is not the only group affected by the outspoken law student.
What about honest, hard-working farmers who are still trying to salvage their reputations after TOP leader Ashworth Jack made selling pumpkins and cucumbers synonymous with suspiciously funded mansions and undeclared Integrity forms?
Mr Live Wire suggests that the usually reasonable question: “do you want some cabbage?” should be taken off the list of acceptable queries around the Sea Lots area for the next few weeks.
Editor’s Note: Darryl Heeralal was fired by WinTV this morning. Heeralal subsequently made an open apology for his offensive statement on Facebook.