Agricola residents picket police headquarters
One day after the burial of 17-year-old Shaquille Grant, the lad killed by police officers last Tuesday, family, friends and residents of the Agricola community picketed police headquarters at Eve Leary. This time the angry picketers are asking
Police Commissioner Leroy Brumell, “Why is it taking so long to charge the ranks involved in the raid that left young Grant dead.”
Lining the sidewalk opposite the police headquarters, protestors raised placards and chanted to have the policemen involved in last week Tuesday’s shooting charged and brought before the court. The crowd was mainly concerned that Commissioner Brumell had not fulfilled his promise made to the family of Shaquille Grant that there
would be a speedy investigation into the matter.
It is now nine days since the shooting and no charges have been brought against the ranks that stormed the community and shot two of its young residents.
Shonette Grant told Kaieteur News that she wanted the Police Commissioner to say what he meant by Shaquille Grant being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The woman said that it is the duty of the police to execute their duties professionally while preserving the lives of others around.
The dead teen’s mother said that her son had no criminal record and was not wanted by the police, likewise none of the other detained youths. She thus asked, “With all this evidence what is the Police Commissioner waiting on?”
Grant said that the manner in which her son was killed clearly showed that he was executed, and she needs Commissioner Brumell to have the ranks charged for her son’s death.
Shonette Grant said that there is no excuse why the officers are not charged since the rank who did the actual shooting was identified at Eve Leary two days ago.
“The actual killer was pinpointed at Eve Leary… the Commissioner and the entire force know those officers who went into Agricola and the entire nation knows that it was murder; it is clear, it is a disrespect coming from the Commissioner to the people. There is no excuse; there is nothing to justify the officers not being charged. The Commissioner has no reason to wait on the DPP when murder is clear.”
Social activist Mark Benschop said that Shaquille Grant’s family wants justice. He said, “It would seem as if the police are protecting the criminals, the rogue cops in the force. The family is seeking justice. I’m making another call for the opposition parties to come together to confront the ill in society.”
Benschop explained that it is obvious that the Crime Chief is protecting criminals within the police force. He said the act by the police officers was cold-blooded murder and the policemen who murdered Grant and injured Romel Bollers will have to face the courts.
Benschop said that if it is a must, Agricola will picket the offices of the Alliance for Change, A Partnership for National Unity, Government and the police headquarters until justice is served.
Following yesterday’s picketing exercise outside Eve Leary, the Agricola residents protested outside State House, Samuel Hinds’s residence, Freedom House and then the Brickdam Police Station.