Seventeen-year-old Ezekiel Mentore, who was shot at by police last Tuesday in Laing Avenue, West Ruimveldt, remains in custody as the force is investigating a claim that the teen shot at ranks during an early morning confrontation.
Another teenager from the area, Ray Trotman, has also been detained as the lawmen are alleging that he had two pounds of marijuana in his possession.
However, Ezekiel Mentore’s mother, Claudette Mentore is refuting the allegation by the law enforcement officials, branding it, a vicious lie.
The woman said that residents in the community can confirm that her son was running from the police in fear of being ill treated and not shooting at the ranks. The woman questioned how someone could be running full speed ahead and be shooting behind them at the same time.
Mrs. Mentore said that she was told by ranks at the Ruimveldt police station that her son will have to remain in custody until a test for residue on his hand is conducted to ascertain if he had recently fired a weapon.
The boy’s mother is of the view that this latest allegation is a smokescreen to take the spotlight off of ranks who erred in the execution of their duties. The woman opined that based on how the police normally operate, droves of ranks would have descended on her residence in search of her son had he shot at them.
Instead it was she that took him to the Laing Avenue police outpost to get answers as to why the police were chasing him.
Mrs. Mentore said that the first time she heard of the allegation was when she took her child to the station.
The woman is alleging that on the day of the incident when she enquired as to the reason for the police action all she got from the rank was “woman get out me way”.
She said the police seemed more concerned with recovering the spent shells from the scene, rather than apprehending her son.
The boy’s mother said she was told that the teen would have been placed on station bail and the investigation would continue. She said that she has not seen her son since he was locked up and that development is of concern to her.
Mentore said that it is disturbing to see how her son is being treated like a common criminal and he has done nothing wrong. She is calling on the police to adapt a different approach when they are dealing with youths.
She said in the absence of finding a more measured approach persons will continue to be uncooperative and resistive to ranks.
The woman is calling on the senior officers to address such matters since in her opinion, it is a clear case of the police ranks that were involved in the shooting, trying to cover up a wrong that they have committed.
It was last Tuesday that the police in pursuit of Ezekiel Mentore, discharged a volley of bullets in the youth’s direction.
According to the residents the drama unfolded even as persons were going about their daily routines, causing many to dive for cover. The teen said that he had just disembarked a minibus to make his way home when he was confronted by ranks.
According to the youth he was enjoying some music on his MP3 player when it appeared that the policemen requested a search. However the teen did not hear since he was listening to the music with headphones. His non-response raised the ire of the police ranks who attempted to grab his bag.
The young man said that he became scared and ran away, which prompted the police response. The teen was allegedly grazed on his left shoulder by a bullet.
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