GEB, IATF cops detained in connection with the 2020 killings of three (3) friends

GEB, IATF cops detained in connection with the 2020 killings of three (3) friends in a car in Morvant which sparked massive protests in Port of Spain and across the country for two days…

There are reports coming to us that the IATF and GEB officers involved in the shooting deaths of three (3) friends in a car in Morvant in 2020, have been taken into custody.

According to the report, the officers were disarmed by officers of the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) at the IATF and GEB Headquarters in Aranguez and taken into custody.

Police shot and killed three men inside a car at 2nd Caledonia Road, Morvant, on Saturday 27th June, 2020. One of the occupants of the vehicle exited and tried to flee but was cut down by police bullets.

38-year-old Joel Jacob aka Lion, was killed on his birthday along with his friends 46-year-old Noel Diamond and 27-year-old Israel Moses Clinton.

The back seat passenger was ordered out of the vehicle, searched, and ordered back inside. He was told to roll down the back glass and that’s when officers opened fire killing all three occupants near the Auto Guru.

Days later after CCTV video of the killings emerged, which showed two of the men being shot with their hands in the air, mass sporadic protests erupted across the country in several communities for two consecutive days.

Several persons were shot by police in Port of Spain and Ornella Graves, a pregnant mother, was killed by a bullet fired by police officers during a protest on the Beetham Highway.

Earlier this week, the PCA completed its investigations into the death of Graves adding that she was killed by a bullet fired by a police officer, contrary to previous police reports that the bullet was fired by a Beetham resident.

The Newsday newspaper also reported that the DPP gave advice to investigators to detain as many as 18 IATF and GEB officers, seven of whom were directly involved in the killings.

The officers face charges ranging from homicide, perverting the course of public justice, misbehaviour in public office and making false Station Diary entries.

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