“[…] I wish to apologise to the honest, hard-working members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), all of whom I am sure were hurt and discouraged by the statement…”
The following is a response from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and the United National Congress (UNC) Tunapuna constituency office, after a column by Tunapuna candidate David Nakhid that appeared to criticise lawmen in the wake of the police killing of Morvant residents Joel Jacobs, Israel Clinton and Noel Diamond on Saturday 27 June:
(Trinidad and Tobago Police Service)
Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, notes the irresponsible comments of David Nakhid, a candidate for a political party, who if successful, can become a Minister and a possible member of the National Security Council which oversees the policies of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).
In a social media post, Nakhid stated in part: “For now the TTPS is the enemy but the memory of justice is long and unforgiving.”
The CoP says for these comments coming from a person who ascribes to become a Minister of Government, is alarming. Commissioner Griffith expects leaders of political parties not to condone such behaviour from persons who aspire to be in Government by making such comments about the TTPS in these trying times.
(Andrew Cross, the media contact from the Office of Mr David Nakhid)
My statement, published on Wednesday on the Wired868 online platform, came from a place of heartbreak as I looked on at what was happening in Port of Spain. I wanted to speak on behalf of these communities, who at this time may be feeling helpless that their voices are unheard.
Given what transpired last weekend, some of those persons, who are hurt and angry, may see the police as the enemy. That was the context of my statement.
I do not believe the police are the enemy. I believe now more than ever, we must work together for a better Trinidad and Tobago.
I wish to apologise to the honest, hard-working members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), all of whom I am sure were hurt and discouraged by the statement.
Rest assured, I have confidence in the good men and women of the TTPS but it is also clear that we need to dialogue in order to engender peace and equity in our society.
Editor’s Note: Click HERE to read David Nakhid’s initial column for Wired868.