Agricola shooting…Alleged shooters missing from desk duties
At least two of the three police officers fingered in the Agricola shooting that left 17-year-old Shaquille Grant dead have allegedly skipped town. The men, according to reports, are reportedly out of the jurisdiction and may even be out of the country.
This was the news related by protestors who picketed the High Court yesterday while the Commission of Inquiry into the Linden shooting was being conducted.
According to Social activist, Mark Benchop, who spoke on behalf of the Agricola residents, “The policemen who were involved in the Agricola shooting were just allowed to disappear.” Benchop said there are policemen involved in a fatal shooting and they were not placed on close arrest. If the officers were placed on close arrest and are now gone, then they were then allowed to leave, Benchop suggested.
As a result, he said the Police Commissioner and the Crime Chief must answer to the public and the family of young Grant.
Shonette Grant said that she wants justice for her son. She said it could only be the acts of senior officials to have the embattled police officers flee the country, if indeed they have gone. Grant said that she was told that between Saturday and yesterday, the named police ranks fled the country.
She asked, “If the officers were under close arrest, how did they escape police custody? It has been more than two weeks, enough time for an investigation to be completed with all the evidence provided,” the mother said.
Grant said that toward the end of last week she visited Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee’s office but made no contact with him.
The mother said later, she received a call from Minister Rohee who told her that a letter was sent to Commissioner Brumell telling him that he should deal with the Agricola shooting expeditiously. Now the men are missing, Grant said.
When Kaieteur News spoke to Commissioner Brumell on the issue he said he was unaware of such developments and had no idea about the cops being missing.