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Police Commissioner Not Happy after Teen with 9 High-Powered Guns gets Bail

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POLICE Commissioner is asking those in authority to consider the minimal bail clause after a 19-year-old man was granted bail after he was charged for being in the possession of nine high-powered rifles.

A release stated that the individual was granted $500,000 bail.

It stated:

“Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith is to­day fer­vent­ly ap­peal­ing to the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to re­con­sid­er the min­i­mal bail clause in light of the grant­i­ng of bail to a man who was re­cent­ly charged for pos­ses­sion of nine (9) ful­ly au­to­mat­ic weapons of war, to­geth­er with mag­a­zines.

“Com­mis­sion­er Grif­fith states that sev­er­al as­sault ri­fles in the hands of crim­i­nal el­e­ments, may re­sult in the death of hun­dreds of peo­ple in sec­onds, yet when per­sons are ap­pre­hend­ed for pos­ses­sion of these type of weapons, the present crim­i­nal jus­tice ap­pears flawed and at times favour­ing the crim­i­nal el­e­ments, rather than the po­ten­tial vic­tim. Com­mis­sion­er Grif­fith states “when grant­ed bail, these of­fend­ers can very well ac­cess an­oth­er il­le­gal firearm to con­tin­ue at­tack­ing the State, and law-abid­ing cit­i­zens.

“This is with one weapon, far more some­one who may have been held for pos­ses­sion of nine (9) as­sault ri­fles.”

He said the Trinidad and To­ba­go Po­lice Ser­vice (TTPS) was “in a vir­tu­al war out there, giv­en the types of weapons that the en­e­mies of the state car­ry, but when they shoot at us and we re­turn fire to de­fend our­selves, we are in­ter­ro­gat­ed and at times con­demned.

“Like­wise, when we cap­ture them, whilst hold­ing them with the type of weapons that can kill dozens of in­no­cent cit­i­zens in sec­onds; or­ders are then giv­en in 24 hours for them to be re­leased, thus al­low­ing the en­e­my of the state to re­turn to the killing fields, to ac­quire an­oth­er firearm.

“This is cer­tain­ly not a lev­el play­ing field, and at times we are left to won­der why the con­trol­lable odds are be­ing stacked against not on­ly the Po­lice but so too the law-abid­ing cit­i­zens.”

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