Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has responded to comments by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar who warned against a possible police state, accusing her of calling police officers monsters.
In a statement today, Griffith said he is ‘not surprised, nor moved, by the now incessant attacks both against himself and the TTPS in the conduct of their duties’.
‘I am fully aware, the proverbial guns will be trained at me. I am, and have always been prepared for this.’ CoP Griffith states, ‘…whilst I expect these sustained criticisms, what I will not do, is to accept condemnation of the men and women of the TTPS without due process.’
He accused Persad-Bissessar and Opposition Senator David Nakhid of judging the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) without due process:
‘What is completely hypocritical is that many of these same persons calling for ‘due process,’ including the likes of Senator Nakhid and now the Leader of the Opposition, are the very same ones, acting as judge and jury against the TTPS…without the said due process.’