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Bringing on the forces
« on: July 06, 2014, 11:52:13 PM »
I read with support of the latest ' bravado' actions initiated by the minister of security: is about time- I agree with this move - flush them out like the rats they are-

Newsday
MORE SOLDIERS FOR JOINT PATROLS
By Nalinee Seelal Monday, July 7 2014



NATIONAL Security Minister Gary Griffith yesterday promised a dramatic increase in soldiers for all hot spot crime areas in a bid to reclaim this country from the hands of criminal elements.

“Every street corner and every area which we consider to be hot spot crime areas will be flooded with Defence Force officers who will be accompanied by their colleagues from the Police Service,” Griffith declared in an interview with Newsday yesterday.

There have been calls in many quarters for the Defence Force soldiers to be taken off the streets; calls which were intensified following the shooting death of Regiment Lance Corporal Kayode Thomas in John John, Laventille, on June 29.

There were claims following Thomas’ killing, soldiers began patrolling the streets on their own and were terrorising the community.

However, National Security Minister Griffith said yesterday, he has received positive feedback to the contrary.

“I want to let those persons who have been clamouring for the removal of the soldiers to know that their requests will not be entertained. In fact based on my feedback law-abiding citizens are very contented with the presence of the soldiers and police but I think the time will now come for more soldiers to be added to the patrols and this will be done within the next couple of hours,” he said last night.

Griffith added that helicopter patrols will also be added to the joint army/police patrols.

He said by this morning, citizens would wake up to the presence of more air and land patrols than ever seen before.

According to Griffith, those who have been calling for the removal of soldiers from the joint patrols were persons who were affiliated with the criminal community or those with criminal intent.

He also disclosed that the National Operations Centre will also be playing a greater role in the co-ordination of the patrols.

“I intend to utilise all aspects of national security in the fight against crime,”he assured.

The Defence Force has denied soldiers have been patrolling these areas by themselves or that they were engaged in terrorising residents.

The Defence Force, including Commanding Officer of the Regiment Colonel Rodney Smart yesterday took members of the media on a patrol in the Beverly Hills area where Lance Corporal Thomas lived.

At the Beverly Hills apartment complex last night there were army patrols visible while boys were playing a game of football. Nearby a wake was being held for Lance Corporal Thomas. A slide show of Thomas’ life was shown to residents and prayers were said for the fallen soldier. Defence Force personnel said the community welcomed their presence in the area.

Spokesman for the Police Service, Sgt Wayne Mystar said recently there was no intensification of patrols in the area. He said the Police Service and Defence Force were working together in joint army patrols.

“They go under the 24/7 patrols and they go under the Inter-Agency Task Force and we continue to collaborate with the Defence Force,” Mystar said.

On June 29, Lance Cpl Kayode Thomas was killed at Plaisance Road, John John at 11.30 pm. According to police reports, gunmen surrounded his car and opened fire. He died at the scene.

At the scene, officers recovered over 30 spent bullet casings around the soldier’s car.

The funeral service for Thomas will be held today at the Church of the Assumption, Maraval, at 10 am.

After the service, the body will be placed on the gun carriage at the intersection of Long Circular and Western Main Roads, St. James. The procession will march to the Military Cemetery, Long Circular Road, St. James, for the internment with full Military Rites.

Investigations into the murder of Thomas continue.

The National Security Minister also said that the recently formed Special Operations Group will focus primarily on gangs and officers of the SOG will be engaged in intelligence gathering.

“Time for action is now,” he assured.

The SOG, which draws resources from the various arms of National Security, deals primarily with hostage negotiations, counter terrorist activities and eliminating gang warfare.







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Re: Bringing on the forces
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2014, 01:30:15 AM »
When you deploy troops against your own people, you risk a coup. This sounds... dodgy?

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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2014, 03:13:03 PM »
When you deploy troops against your own people, you risk a coup. This sounds... dodgy?

If the law abiding citizens of T&T are really okay with this, then I'm fine with it.

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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2014, 07:53:47 PM »
When you deploy troops against your own people, you risk a coup. This sounds... dodgy?

I disagree, breds. By any means necessary. I eh no UNC, but I glad. Long over due. That is PNM constituency and Patos threw his hands in the air. I from EDR and I would not shed a tear for them murderers.

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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2014, 04:50:07 AM »
Egypt, Nigeria, Thailand - if you give the military the power to meddle in internal affairs you risk military coups - they feel justified in their position, get false/true impressions about their popularity, then (as humans tend to do) believe no one else can do the job as good as them.

Police are for internal issues of crime and disorder, army to protect the nation. If you want to ramp up internal crime-fighting then set a programme of increased hiring in the police force.

I'm conservative on issues of democracy :)

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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2014, 08:05:31 AM »
if you give the military the power to meddle in internal affairs you risk military coups - they feel justified in their position, get false/true impressions about their popularity, then (as

That is a fair point. But I and you are not in the belly of the beast. But the people of EDR will take the risk with the army and police right now. When there is law and order, there is no need for the army. When there is uncontrollable murders, you resolve it by any means necessary. When them murderers show respective for their own kind and the defenseless, then we can go back to being conservative on issues of democracy.

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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2014, 03:03:18 PM »
Egypt, Nigeria, Thailand - if you give the military the power to meddle in internal affairs you risk military coups - they feel justified in their position, get false/true impressions about their popularity, then (as humans tend to do) believe no one else can do the job as good as them.

Police are for internal issues of crime and disorder, army to protect the nation. If you want to ramp up internal crime-fighting then set a programme of increased hiring in the police force.

I'm conservative on issues of democracy :)


While there may well be a delineation of duties between police and army, given the situation and the set of crime  on a national level, duties are not one to adhered to in terms of national and internal assignments.

It is clear that the police are stretched and maxed out- not to mention that there may be internal rouge elements that are impede ding their effectiveness in solving or apprehending criminals.  Given the sate of affairs, it is about time that we see Defence forces camped out on every street very corner every village until they flush out the rats and dem.

Look nah even the UN had troops deployed in the Balkans presiding over civil and domestic affairs. There are ample examples of where troops,are deployed in countries to restore civil unrest- what we have in TNT- more so Trinidad is tantamount to civil disobedience a blatant disregard  for law and order and a wanton  boldness to carry out murders at will. Yes to bringing out full force to deal with the rats.

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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2014, 02:33:49 AM »
Can definitely see your points Deeks and Trini - I think I just have a higher threshold. I'd never, for example, allow "...by any means necessary", nor typify the issue as "...[flushing] out the rats and dem." That's because I'm fairly left wing, but also because one you justify, sanctify, and glorify that behaviour, the next step is nearly always detrimental to democracy - you're subverting the normal due process and pushing the army into a situation they're untrained for.

As an example (this isn't the only reason, just one aspect that disconcerts me), we might expect the threshold for an army soldier to use deadly force to be lower than a policeman - the former is typically engaged in situations that do not require a withholding of force and they're not trained for that, whilst the latter is trained to apprehend and subdue suspect wherever possible without deadly force. Fine if you're fighting armed gang members on abandoned docks or warehouses, but if you want them on 'every street corner', then you're more likely to be fighting in an urban setting. In such a situation, fire-fights will invariably risk citizens in the immediate vicinity being caught up in the battle. Are the soldiers trained in the same situational awareness that specialist armed policemen would be? Are they using the same calibre weapons? Or more powerful weapons that are more likely to pierce the walls of local dwellings? Are the soldiers  fighting at a disadvantage when they are not able to use their full compliment of weapons (grenades) for which their tactics might be reliant? Flash-bang tactics are very different, for example.

I'm fairly ignorant of the gound-situation, if you guys live in POS, so that might be one of the reasons I have that higher threshold :)

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Re: Bringing on the forces
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2014, 05:04:35 AM »
They should've thought about that before they put 32 slugs in soldier boy with 8 kids.
Now they gonna  fine out what brothers in arms mean.
Love it would like to see pics of the streets with tanks and armoured cars everywhere.
Took them long enough to take back the streets.Btw Deport every criminal caught in the net who not legal.

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« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2014, 06:58:33 AM »
you're subverting the normal due process

The "due process" in TT has been subverted for quite a while now. The PNM has to take all the blame for that. They have rule TT the most since independence. Rackets, corruptions, bribery, smuggling, murders have been committed and very little have been done to stopped it. Such that, after a while,  ordinary people take that behaviour as the norm for people in power and accept it.

And by the way I eh no conservative. I am pretty liberal in most ways. Give or take a few biases. But I understand where you coming from. But the TT you left a long time ago is not the same. We have some hardcore criminals in our community. Some are our own family. These bandits are using intimidation in an urban setting to get their way, and when they get busted, they then cry foul. Unfortunately this dreadfull situation is rooted in the Afro-Trinidad community.  Specifically in EDR. And that is MY area. That is why I shooting out meh mouth like that.

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« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2014, 07:22:08 AM »
This blaming of PNM is ludicrous and points once more to a governance of incompetence.  Just look at the inept ministers who were appointed:
What qualifications did gypsy have .
What qualifications did sports man have?
Look at the I descriptions of ministers who were sacked?
Look at the number of security ministers we had?
Look at the inability to be transparent with solving big time cases- juice can fiasco- chicken laced with drugs- SC assignation?  All them gone quiet after all the bravado thath they know who did each
Look at the removal of the security measures which were in place around the island
Look at how this past general elections were funded?
Look at big time minister who cyar fly out ah TNT? All the fraudulent  alleged transactions?
Look at the immoral and unethical behaviour by ministers?

These are but a few examples of governance gone wild-  the fault dear Brutus is not in prior leadership but in those who chose to advocate for change. Wake up TNT and see the present state of corruption and the apparent free reign   Given to those criminal elements who may have allegedly cast thief support for the governance we have today.
If as a party yuh know yuh inheriting crap should ypu not have the toilet paper to clean up not to make more?

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« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2014, 08:52:56 AM »
AB, all I am saying is that a lot of our current problems did not start just so. These behaviours were allowed to let slip by the former gov't, who should have nipped them in the buds. I don't think we giving the current admin. a pass when we refer to some of the actions of the former admin. past performances. That is why they were voted out.

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« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2014, 11:14:03 AM »
Just to clarify I'm totally ignorant - White British from birth and only have links to Trini through mi lady :)

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« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2014, 12:02:37 PM »
Just to clarify I'm totally ignorant - White British from birth and only have links to Trini through mi lady :)

That should not be a problem. Well not for me at least. As far as I am concern, the situation is East POS, is dire. I need to go where I want without fearing for my life because someone bandit think I am an outisider or just an easy prey. People outside of POS, may or may not have deviants shooting up their neighbourhood, so it may not be an issue for them. But it is an issue as far as E POS goes, for me at least.

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« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2014, 02:32:31 PM »
Just to clarify I'm totally ignorant - White British from birth and only have links to Trini through mi lady :)

That should not be a problem. Well not for me at least. As far as I am concern, the situation is East POS, is dire. I need to go where I want without fearing for my life because someone bandit think I am an outisider or just an easy prey. People outside of POS, may or may not have deviants shooting up their neighbourhood, so it may not be an issue for them. But it is an issue as far as E POS goes, for me at least.

Welp I'll be living in Diego Martin, specifically Bagatelle, so I doubt I'll be much better off than you lol. There's some "outsider" tension around that place too sadly.

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« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2014, 04:11:49 PM »
When you deploy troops against your own people, you risk a coup. This sounds... dodgy?

I disagree, breds. By any means necessary. I eh no UNC, but I glad. Long over due. That is PNM constituency and Patos threw his hands in the air. I from EDR and I would not shed a tear for them murderers.

Are soldiers trained to detect crime?  Are they familiar with the criminal code sufficient as to not trample the rights of citizens?  Do we have any assurancs that we wouldn't see a repeat of the same mess as under the SoE when mass arrests lead to mass dropping of charges for Constitutional violations?  People does mistake activity for achievement... and make no mistake about it, this is not lost on the present goverment.

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« Reply #16 on: July 09, 2014, 04:22:18 PM »

Look nah even the UN had troops deployed in the Balkans presiding over civil and domestic affairs. There are ample examples of where troops,are deployed in countries to restore civil unrest- what we have in TNT- more so Trinidad is tantamount to civil disobedience a blatant disregard  for law and order and a wanton  boldness to carry out murders at will. Yes to bringing out full force to deal with the rats.


Allyuh does think before allyuh type?  U.N. forces are specifically trained in peacekeeping efforts, and largely deployed to security... that is, protecting certain assets and at risk populations.  The TTDF has no such training that I'm aware of.

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« Reply #17 on: July 09, 2014, 07:05:36 PM »
I will let you know , after four missions in theBalkans, the soldiers and the UN briefings I attended, reassured me that they were soldiers first thrust into working at times with police and at times having to perform policing without formal training. I am speaking from lived experience.

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« Reply #18 on: July 09, 2014, 11:19:52 PM »
I will let you know , after four missions in theBalkans, the soldiers and the UN briefings I attended, reassured me that they were soldiers first thrust into working at times with police and at times having to perform policing without formal training. I am speaking from lived experience.

Yes, and even from your own limited and subjective experience... look at how many times yuh parse it.  One isolated situation in the Balkans, limited to only briefings you attended, soldiers spoke about "at times" having to work with police, and even then only "at times" having to perform police duty.  Yet based on that limited anecdotal experience you declare such military forays into civilian peacekeeping good enough to serve as a model for the TTDF.  Like I said... allyuh does listen to allyuh self?  Never mind the fact that you cannot compare the situation of foreign UN forces acting in a country and native military forces doing the same at home.

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« Reply #19 on: July 15, 2014, 07:14:36 PM »
Soilder police was on role this morning in the Beetam ,from what I heard on the radio a man was beaten because he did not follow orders.

I was wondering what the National Security Minister meant when he said if you hit one solider you hit all . 
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« Reply #20 on: July 15, 2014, 11:59:25 PM »
Can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.

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« Reply #21 on: July 16, 2014, 04:50:08 AM »
Video here; http://www.tv6tnt.com/sevenpm-news/-Alleged-Soldier-Brutality-2665----267274631.html

Can't make a dictatorship without kicking a few proles.

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« Reply #22 on: July 16, 2014, 09:02:24 AM »
Steuppss you beleive thàt ,am going to pick up my kid ... you lie ,watack kick ,cuff.
Yesterday 1 black eye ,zero murders.

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« Reply #23 on: July 16, 2014, 09:59:11 AM »
Steuppss you beleive thàt ,am going to pick up my kid ... you lie ,watack kick ,cuff.
Yesterday 1 black eye ,zero murders.

So all those beaten up by the forces are guilty? The laws against police brutality are there to protect the innocent, no the guilty - if it was your son/brother/father and they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, you'd not be so happy about "1 black eye". Police Forces of competence have a first priority of protecting the innocent, not catching the guilty - whilst they overlap extensively, the prioritization is damned important.

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« Reply #24 on: July 16, 2014, 08:39:53 PM »
When u start living down there you can better judge.
Ppl can walk down the road and get beaten and robbed by bandits , but now badmen getting the same treatment and they crying foul.

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« Reply #25 on: July 17, 2014, 12:50:53 AM »
When u start living down there you can better judge.
Ppl can walk down the road and get beaten and robbed by bandits , but now badmen getting the same treatment and they crying foul.

Yea I'm conscious of my ignorance, do you live in East PoS? How do you know he's a "badman"? All you know was that he got his face kicked in by the Army. I fear you're jumping to conclusions :(

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« Reply #26 on: July 17, 2014, 06:59:10 AM »
I jumping to conclusions ,how do u know is the real army ?Didn't the army say it was not them.You know it have bandits that dress up like the army in TnT.
When u go TNT you should ask ppl if they hate the idea. Or go up East Pos and find out yourself.
After all domestic terrorist have rights too.
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« Reply #27 on: July 17, 2014, 05:34:29 PM »
I jumping to conclusions ,how do u know is the real army ?Didn't the army say it was not them.You know it have bandits that dress up like the army in TnT.
When u go TNT you should ask ppl if they hate the idea. Or go up East Pos and find out yourself.
After all domestic terrorist have rights too.

The fact that the army did this was not the point of contention - merely whether the man in question did anything to 'deserve' it. Were it in question I'd not be stating this position. Last time I checked wearing camo was still illegal in Trinidad.

Asking locals' opinions wouldn't change my position - it's not one based on the opinions of the local but the parallels with similar situations across different countries and different times. If it turns out they used excessive force, it would certainly seem to support my position. I think your comment about domestic terrorists is supposed to be sarcastic, but yes, terrorists have rights too - the same rights all human beings should have access too regardless of how much of a scumbag they are.

Anyway you never answered if you were living in POS or Trini-side - i'd be interested in your opinion.

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This is what you risk when you have soldiers in masks policing your community not accompanied by proper police after your PM who does not seem to care about your constitutional rights as a T&T citizen has announced that she has unleashed the Dogs of War.

Laventille man: I was also beaten
Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Derek Achong (T&T Guardian)


A visit to George Street, Port-of-Spain to see his six-year-old daughter turned tragic for a Laventille man who claimed to have been ambushed, beaten and robbed by two soldiers before he could complete his daily routine. The incident on Tuesday morning is the latest report of abuse from residents of east Port-of-Spain, since soldiers began patrolling their communities following the murder of their colleague Lance Corporal Kayode Thomas on June 29.
 
In an interview at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, in the presence of his lawyer Varun Debideen yesterday, 35-year-old Leon King, of Block 8, Laventille, recounted his ordeal with the two soldiers which left him with several injuries including a broken jaw. King said around 4.30 am he was about to enter the stair well at his ex-wife’s apartment building when he was confronted by the soldiers patrolling the housing complex.
 
“One tell me to lie down on the stairs and the one with the mask tell me empty my pockets,” King said. He claimed that as he was about to comply, one of them struck him twice on his face with a gun. He said when he fell over the two soldiers began violently prodding his back with the barrels and butts of their assault rifles while searching his pockets. “Thank God an old lady see and was bawling out for me. That is what make them leave me alone,” King said.
 
He said before they left, the soldiers took $225 which they had emptied from his pocket, leaving him with only his two cellphones. Barely able to walk, King stumbled to his car which was parked a short distance away and drove to the hospital for treatment. Asked if he was questioned over Thomas’s murder or in relation to Dillon “Bandy” Skeete—the Laventille resident who has been labelled a suspect in the murder by the Defence Force—King said no.
 
“I don’t know about Thomas and Bandy,” King said. Apart from the pain of his injuries, King said he was disappointed by the soldiers’ attack as he was one of the few east Port-of-Spain residents who supported the patrols in their communities. “Before with the police alone you would still hear gunshots ring out in the night. Now with the soldiers around that don’t happen again, so people could sleep in the night.
 
“But look what they do me. I can’t trust no soldier again,” an emotional King said while clutching the right side of his face as he grimaced in pain with each word. King’s incident occurred hours before two employees of the Community-based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (Cepep) Ishmael Job and Brandon Granger claimed they were attacked by soldiers at a job site near their homes at Desperlie Crescent, Laventille.   
 
King is scheduled to undergo surgery tomorrow to repair his jaw and is expected to lodge a formal report to both the police and the Defence Force after he recovers. Meanwhile, he has given instructions to his lawyer to initiate an assault and battery lawsuit against the soldiers. Contacted yesterday liaison officer for the T&T Regiment, Capt Stefan Affonso, said although the Defence Force were yet to receive an official report on the incident, it would still start an investigation into the incident.
 
“We are actively investigating all reports of abuse,” Affonso said.
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‘Illegal for soldiers to go on their own’
« Reply #29 on: July 18, 2014, 10:34:53 AM »
‘Illegal for soldiers to go on their own’
By Alexander Bruzual alexander.bruzual@trinidadexpress.com
Story Created: Jul 17, 2014 at 9:44 PM ECT


Soldiers who act on patrols without support from police officers are doing so unlawfully and could potentially face prosecution.

Secretary for the Police Social and Welfare Association Michael Seales yesterday supported statements made on Wednesday by  acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams at a news briefing at the association’s headquarters at Besson Street, Port of Spain.

“The acting Commissioner would have made it abundantly clear recently that it is illegal for soldiers to go out there on their own to perform duties of policemen, especially on the basis of an investigative role in the absence of police officers. No soldier should stop, interrogate and search any citizen of this country in relation to any crime perpetrated, without the support of officers from the T&T Police Service.

“The association wants to make the distinction, we cannot stop the soldiers from going into any area, but what we want is to remind them of their functions. Because if they search a person in the absence of a police officer, that is a breach of the law, and if someone wants to take it further, can occasion an assault against that person which can lead to charges being levied against these soldiers,” Seales said.

He emphasised that he was not against the presence of soldiers in a community, however, he wanted their actions to be lawful.

Police said yesterday they had no new “reports” of citizens in this country claiming that they had been assaulted by the members of the T&T Defence Force.

The latest allegation of “soldier brutality” came on Tuesday from 35-year-old Leon King, who claimed that he was unfairly attacked by two soldiers, one who was wearing a mask. This attack, King alleged, resulted in him getting a broken jaw and a possibly dislocated vertebrae.

Speaking to Express yesterday, King’s girlfriend Kisha confirmed that the 35-year-old father of two was still “in a lot of pain” but she was hoping that he would be released from the hospital by the end of the week.

“He’s doing slightly better. He’s still in a lot of pain, but the swelling by the eye is going down and his bruises are becoming lighter. Today the doctors did the CT scan to make sure everything was OK and they are looking forward to wiring up his jaw tomorrow (Friday). They said once that done he will be released and could go home. So we are looking forward to that,” Kisha said.

She said King had yet to go to the Besson Street Police Station to make a report, but he will be doing so as soon as he is released. 

Patrols by soldiers in east Port of Spain and Laventille began on June 29 following the murder of Lance Corporal Kayode Thomas.

Several residents have made claims that they were abused by soldiers. These claims are being investigated by the Defence Force.
De higher a monkey climbs is de less his ass is on de line, if he works for FIFA that is! ;-)