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Griffith: Trinidad and Tobago cops don’t target blacks

POLICE are not targeting anyone based on their race or geographical location, said Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith.

He was speaking Thursday at a weekly police media briefing at the Police Administration building and responding to comparisons of local police behaviour with the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, US. That killing has sparked global outrage and protests in various countries including TT.

Griffith pointed out that New National Vision political leader Abu Bakr tried to compare the Minneapolis incident with “cop killer” Michael Thomas, who was shot dead by police last year.

He said it was “unbelievable” that some are trying to compare Floyd’s killing with police killing (Thomas) who “blew away the head” of one of his police officers on Christmas Eve night and left a wife, a mother, a father, a child in grief on Christmas Day, and was later found with the gun he stole from the officer.

“That is chalk and cheese.”

Former Emancipation Support Committee Khafra Kambon also spoke on the Minneapolis issue to the media and said African voices in TT were being silenced. He also said when someone is killed by police from an area like Beetham or Sea Lots it is assumed they were “up to no good” and there is no call for an investigation, compared to if someone from another area is killed by police.

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