The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) sends its findings into the police killing of three men in Second Caledonia, Morvant on June 27, 2020 to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The deaths of Joel Jacob, Noel Diamond and Israel Moses Clinton sparked widespread protests in Port-of-Spain and environs as well other parts of the country.
In a release on Thursday, the PCA stated that it had completed its preliminary investigation and forwarded its findings to the DPP for further action in accordance with the principles of due process.
The release stated:
The deceased- Joel Jacob; Noel Diamond and Israel Moses Clinton were shot by members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.
After analysis of the evidence gathered by PCA investigators, the information was sent to the DPP, pursuant to Section 30 (1) of the PCA Chap. 15:05 which states, “The Authority may conduct a preliminary investigation to assist it to identify whether or not there is conduct to justify a more complete investigation under the Act, or refer it to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Commissioner or the Commission for further action”,
Our investigations and recommendations should provide assurance to both the public and Police that deaths or serious injuries that happen during or following police contact would be properly handled.
In July Police Commissioner Gary Griffith had said that officers involved in the fatal shooting were suspended.
He also took umbrage with PCA release that advised him to suspend the officers involved in the shootings.