FIXIN T&T wants ballistic testing delay fixed

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 07:30

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.