8 Trinidadian police officers charged with murder in 2020

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad– Trinidad police are to bring murder charges against eight of their colleagues following the murders of three men in Morvant, on the outskirts of Port of Spain, in 2020.

The country’s Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) issued instructions late Monday to charge a sergeant and seven officers in the deaths of 38-year-old Joel Jacob, 46-year-old Noel Diamond and 27-year-old Israel Moses Clinton.

Acting Police Commissioner McDonald Jacob, speaking on a radio show on Tuesday, confirmed that the officers, who were arrested last weekend, should be charged with murder.

“I’m sure my clients will face the court and be exonerated. They only did their duty,” said lawyer Ulric Skerritt, who is part of a team of defense lawyers.

Reports indicate that on June 27, 2020, 18 officers assigned to the Custody and Emergencies Branch and the Interagency Task Force intercepted a vehicle.

Jacob, who was in the back seat with his childhood friend, Diamond, emerged with his hands up. The driver, Clinton, also had his hands above the wheel as officers surrounded the car, aiming automatic weapons.

The shooting incident was captured on CCTV cameras and shared on social media just hours after the incident.

The killing of the three men has sparked three days of violent protests in the capital and other parts of the country and the prime minister has appointed a committee to uncover the root causes of the protests.

After the men were shot, police bundled their bodies into the back of a jeep and fled while other officers pointed their guns at locals who were brave enough to throw a shot. eyes out of their windows, residents said. (CMC)

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