Describing the long delay for ballistic testing at the Forensic Science Centre as a miscarriage of justice, FIXIN’ T&T is calling for this matter to be dealt with urgently. In a media release, FIXIN’ T&T led by Kirk Waithe addressed this issue as he made specific reference to the recent police shootings. The group called on Police Commissioner Gary Griffith to intervene.”FIXIN’ T&T calls on Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith to exercise the latitude available to him to request of the Head of our Forensic Science Centre, Derek Sankar, that certain cases be given priority for ballistic and any other requisite testing. The matter of civilians losing their lives at the hands of the Police remains a major concern to many among us. We refer specifically to recent shootings including:
• The Big Yard Carenage episode where a teenage girl was among those killed.
• The “Laventille Five”.
• The Santa Cruz incident where a young man and woman were shot in a vehicle resulting in death.
Speaking at a press briefing a few weeks ago, Griffith noted that ballistic testing could take up to six years. Griffith said it was a very serious problem which was hindering the investigation into the shootings, including at the Big Yard, Carenage and many others. “It is just one of the concerns that ties to this. It is out of the control of the police service, which I think is rather unacceptable,” Griffith said. Commenting on this, FIXIN’ T&T said that (the long wait for the ballistic testing) is deeply disturbing and requires urgent attention. “FIXIN’ T&T deems it to be a miscarriage of justice. The families of the aforementioned persons, the Police Officers involved and the national community deserve better,” he said.