Today is Thursday 21st August, 2014. This is the Round Up.
I saw this story first on the TV6 News while preparing for work yesterday evening.
Is it alright for me to day that, before hearing the details, that I saw the head of the North Eastern Division Task Force Inspector Roger Alexander in the background and simply assumed that the story involved police killing?
Put the three dailies’ stories together and stuff just doesn’t add up.
The Police surround a building of interest to them.
They claim to have come under “heavy and rapid” gunfire. By this description, I’m thinking full automatic weapons, fired Rambo-style, hailing the Police with hot lead.
Thus the Police say they had absolutely *no choice* at all but to return fire.
You see, I say with tongue in cheek, the Police were aware that the men in the apartment were sitting on a major stockpile of ammunition. And despite the fact the building was surrounded, the alleged shooters would have come out with guns blazing, kill all the Police present, and make off to the coastline. There was no reason to wait out the alleged shooters, because they Police were outgunned, outarmed and outmanned nuh.
With fire returned, when the smoke clears, Police enter the building and find three men dead. They find two handguns - a Ruger .45, a revolver, and five rounds of ammunition.
Unless a fourth and fifth assailant escaped through an undetected underground tunnel with full automatic weapons and a crate of ammunition, these two pistols are what created the “heavy and sustained” gunfire, with required an immediate response.
By the time the Police killed the alleged assailants, “heavy and sustained” would have been just five rounds heavier. Hindsight being 20/20, could the Police not have tried to contain the situation instead?
It would appear too that the men were caught by surprise because, having been shot through the heart, they had not had time to get their bulletproof vests on.
And as one commenter reported last night, three men, two guns - was one shooting at the Police with his finger?
People may want to say that the men were criminals, but what they deserved was their day in Court, not death at the hands of the Police. We don’t yet live in an era where law enforcement is in the hands of Judge Dredd.
Or do we? The implication of the quote from Inspector Alexander’s appearance on his evening TV6 programme found in the Newsday report is chilling to say the least.
If the woman and child that one neighbour reported had been seen at the apartment before were there, would have have been killed too?
Sadly, people aren’t going to have a problem with this until someone in civil society, and it probably has to be somebody who doesn’t look like Sandy, falls victim to Police execution.
By then, it will likely be too late to do anything about it anymore.
In the mean time too, Express’ interview with Dr. Valery Alexandrov has me looking at him differently.
From the article: “He was asked if there was any gunpowder residue on the hands of any of the three men, but he said swabs of the men’s hands had been taken but if they were using a semi-automatic pistol, as opposed to a revolver, there was a slim chance any residue would show up on their hands.”
Firstly, one would think that, by now, a gunshot residue test would be standard in a situation like this.
Secondly, the Guardian was able to report that a revolver was in fact recovered at the scene. Did no one inform Alexandrov?
What’s Alexandrov’s real deal giving out all these alleged details?
And in closing, Guardian, your headline stinks.
**Audit shows 43 guns missing from FSC
"AN AUDIT carried out at the Forensic Science Centre (FSC) has now revealed that 43 guns remained unaccounted for at the ballistics room located at the second floor of the facility at St James… Newsday understands the police audit is yet to be completed and this will furnish investigators with information on how many guns were stolen and if any ammunition was stolen as well. "
Kamla might have been right. It would seem that the fight really is on the land. The guns are coming from right here.
While they’re at it, the Centre might want to check to see whether any drugs that they’re holding has not been consumed by rodents.
I was about to call out Wowsie on this one, having not realised that the Forensic Science Centre is now a division of the Ministry of Justice.
That being said, is there anything that Minister Emmanuel George would like to over-share?
The The Miscellaneous Provisions (Proceeds of Crime, Anti-Terrorism, Financial Intelligence Unit of Trinidad and Tobago) (No 2) Bill 2014 debated by the Senate yesterday was passed unanimously with amendments.
One hopes that the loopholes identified by Independent and Opposition benches in the original bill have all been closed by the suggested amendments, and that we really do not have another Section 34 on our hands.
**FIU staff to be increased by 10
From the article: Cabinet has approved an increase in the staff of the Financial Intelligence Unit by ten, Minister of Finance and the Economy, Larry Howai, revealed yesterday as the Senate passed legislation designed to make it easier for the State to pursue money-launderers.
Much belated this is in my mind.
Firstly, what’s the Head of the FIU been doing for the last two years that her staff complement has only now been expanded?
Secondly, what are these new posts, how long again will it take to fill these new posts, and how soon before the bodies in the posts get up to speed?
Thirdly, what happened to the plans crafted by David West for the operating structure of the FIU? Did Susan Francois toss them and do a do-over?
Are the Government and institutions of State really serious about countering money laundering?
More here on the goings on at Trinidad Cement Limited.
But this is an interesting tidbit that might be worth following:
"Long-standing director, Alejandro Alberto Ramirez was appointed as acting CEO. Ramirez is country director of CEMEX Puerto Rico. CEMEX, the Mexican cement giant with international subisidaries, is the largest shareholder in TCL with a 20 percent stake."
**Nine TTPost bosses quit
Nine senior managers resign from an organisation, leaving it with no senior staff.
Word is that they were dissatisfied with the composition of the Board, particularly with the fact that there is a conflict of interest where the Chairman is concerned.
The Line Minister’s response: “Meh! People are free to resign if they wish.”
Rome burning, and Nizam twiddling?
The story must be read. The nepotism here would appear to be more than a little bit brazen.
**Govt looking at alcohol policy
This feels so deja vu.
From the article: President of the Public Services Association (PSA) Watson Duke has said the Treasury at the corner of St Vincent Street And Independence Square, Port of Spain, will be fully functional for customers from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Monday.
The public likely has no idea how much the closure of the Treasury and Board of Inland Revenue has impacted the efficient financial operations of the country.
Consider that as long as Inland Revenue remains closed, the Government cannot receive revenue collected by various government agencies including Licensing and Customs, and multinationals will be unable to pay their taxes and duties to the Government. As long as the Treasury remains closed, Government is similarly unable to spend money in a number of instances.
The public impact of the shutdown of the Immigration Department is just one visible impact of Duke’s “Sick Building” campaign.
Frankly too, Duke “Sick Building” campaign is simply a symptom of the government’s malaise re building maintenance across the service, and their further tardiness with respect to completing new buildings earmarked for public service departments. The towers at the Waterfront Complex are only a few of these.
**‘Howai should intervene in BIR disruption’
Consequently, I don’t know what Seenath Jairam expects the Minister of Finance to do here.
The government squashed plans for the Revenue Authority - an agency which would have been charged with all revenue collection on behalf of the Government. They not only replaced that with nothing, they also left all agencies that would have been impacted by the Authority’s start up as is.
This is akin to deciding to buy a new car because the old one was failing, changing your mind, doing nothing about the old car, and then complaining bitterly a year later that something wrong with the old one when it breaks down on the Beetham.
**Health workers threaten to stay away over Ebola
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan is advising health workers on the frontline if they cannot do the job, they “should get out of the system.”
This is in response to health worker concerns about Trinidad and Tobago’s preparation for handling incidences of Ebola here, and their saying that they would withhold their services if there is a likelihood that they would contract the virus.
**Douglas: T&T is violent
From the article: “Arts and Multiculturalism Minister Dr Lincoln Douglas says T&T is a violent nation. He said so in response to receiving several threatening phone calls at his home and office. He added his colleagues have been contacted by people seeking information on him, leaving him feeling threatened. In an interview yesterday at Radisson Hotel, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, Douglas said since the public airing of protesters burning an effigy of him on Sunday, it was easier for people to target him.”
This big hard-back milquetoast goes on to say other silly things in his interview with the Guardian.
Douglas might want to take Fuad’s advice to health workers here.
But this - “He said such protests could escalate to the violence being experienced in Rwanda” - is asshattery. Be a frightened Freddie on your own behalf, but do not lose your mind and invoke shit like this.
Douglas shows here a complete and total absence of understanding and appreciation for one of the greatest atrocities of modern history in the first place, minimising the slaughter of nearly a million people over 100 days to seek solace and support for his own situation.
You are a small and shameless man, Lincoln Douglas, this, Kamla’s Minister of Multiculturalism who has neither understanding nor appreciation for the expressions of the people over which he has policy responsibility.
Have a great day, everyone. //