Some readers may find this column funny. For me it is not. I am serious. I am writing the Police Commissioner for compensation. It is nonsense what happened to me in the sprawling Brickdam edifice of the police force. This country has to come into the 21st century. I am damned annoyed at what happened to me at Brickdam on Wednesday morning.
After my National Park workout, time was not on my side, so it made no sense to go home and shower then go to Brickdam. That morning, I had to participate in two demonstrations – one against the Ministry of Local Government for the terrible road at Port Kaituma and at UG in solidarity with the unions, then after that, attend the funeral ceremony for Mrs. Mike Baptiste.
So I left the National Park and went straight to Brickdam Police Station to do two investigations – the Alwyn Hoyte promotion rejection by the Police Service Commission and a complaint to me by minibus drivers of traffic ranks’ demand that they empty their buses of the passengers when requested to go to Brickdam station because of an infringement. They said such a request is illegal.
I was directed to sit on a bench in the Registry of the station to await the ranks I wanted to see in the Hoyte controversy. Members of the public came in and I was told to shift down so I could accommodate them. When I did that, I felt a stab in my backside. I jumped up. I looked down on the bench. There it was, staring at me. I sat on a nail as large as the Bill Cosby scandal. It tore the backside of my jogging pants
The sweatpants is special. It was part of my wife’s 2012 birthday gift to me. She quickly patched it on Wednesday night and I will continue to wear it, but I am going to write the Police Commissioner for compensation. I interviewed the Police Commissioner at 21:10 hours on Wednesday night in relation to Alwyn Hoyte, but did not mention my sweatpants because I didn’t think it was appropriate, but I hope he does the decent thing and write me a cheque.
The cancellation of promotion from Sergeant to Inspector by the Police Service Commission still baffles me, even though I have completed my queries. A complaint was filed with the police by Grove businessman, Imran Khan, against Hoyte for damage to property. Defended by Joe Harmon in front of Magistrate Beharry, Hoyte was freed. Hoyte in turn sued Khan for defamation of character.
The Hoyte-Khan saga continued with a complaint by Khan over a cell phone incident involving a third party. Inspector Nieuenkirk (deceased) conducted the investigation and ruled in favour of Hoyte. The matter resurfaced and Hoyte again was investigated, this time by Superintendent Cooper, who at the moment is doing a law degree in Trinidad. Cooper ruled in favour of Hoyte
Many ranks said to me that they believe Hoyte’s distress may have come about because of then Crime Chief Seelall Persaud, who is now Commissioner of Police. They offered no evidence, but in fairness to Mr. Persaud, he should respond to the allegation so we can hear his side.
On Wednesday evening, Mr. Persaud told me that indeed, he would say he is a friend of Mr. Khan, but he was never involved in any way in the pursuit of an investigation into Mr. Hoyte. He was not aware of who the Commander of ‘A’ Division had chosen to investigate Mr. Hoyte. He didn’t know it was Mr. Cooper, and he had absolutely nothing to do with the recent rejection of the promotion.
I couldn’t gather any evidence that would lead me to think that through his friendship with Mr. Seelall Persaud, Mr. Khan pursued Mr. Hoyte. But I will conclude that from my investigation, Mr. Hoyte should have his promotion, because he has no outstanding disciplinary issues.
I could not speak to Superintendent Ashram, officer in charge of traffic at Brickdam. But ranks told me that they have requested minibus drivers to empty the vehicles of passengers when the bus is ordered to the station. They said they do not know if the practice is illegal. Two lawyers have told me the request is not backed by law.
I left Brickdam with my torn sweatpants, went home showered, barely missed the UG demonstration (it is on today again), went to the funeral service of Mrs. Baptiste, then had lunch with John Green, cousin of the Mayor, and Leonard Craig, and we all concluded that the 2015 elections will determine if Guyana dies or survives.
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