Law Association Calls for Investigation of Claims against Griffith

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THE Law Association is calling for an independent investigation into allegations made against Police Commissioner Gary Griffith by a Cocorite man.

The Trinidad Express has published articles in which Cecil Skeete, 50, alleged that he was assaulted by Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith,

Skeete has since sworn to an affidavit denying he was physically assaulted or had his life threatened by Griffith while he was detained at the Four Road police station in June.

The Express has stood by its November 24 story.

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In a media statement on Sunday, the association called for the intervention of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) and/or the Police Service Commission (PSC).

It stated, “If the story recounted to the journalist is false, that finding needs to be made public and bear the authority of the independent PSC and/or PCA.

”It undermines trust in the police service that serious allegations such as this, especially if false, should continue to hang over the Commissioner’s head.”

The association said if the allegations are true, then the PSC and/or PCA must say so and recommend appropriate action.

It added, “Impunity on the part of any police officer, and in particular the head of the police service, must under no circumstances be tolerated.”

 

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