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Davis wants independent police investigation

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday called on the government to hire an independent company to investigate a recent police-involved shooting which left three suspects dead.

“In this context, the question is who is now going to do the investigation,” Davis told reporters outside the House of Assembly.

He added, “Maybe the time has come for them to consider bringing an independent forensic crime investigator to determine the truth of the matter because at the end of the day when it comes down to ‘you say’ and ‘I say’ it does not truly dissipate what I call the concerns.

“As we always say, there’s always two sides to an issue, and at the end of the day there’s still the truth. What is the truth at the end of the day?”

Davis described the incident as “tragic”, noting that it is always worrying to find out that “the state is the perpetrator of killings”.

“Anytime that happens we all ought to raise our eyebrows, because as law enforcement officers we are trained in a particular way,” he said.

“Now, we don’t want police officers killed and they ought to be able to protect themselves, but when you are having competing versions of events in a matter, which this is, it is worrying.”

Last week, police killed three men in a home off Eastern Road after police said the men opened fire at officers attempting to execute a search warrant.

The Nassau Guardian understands that one of the men was Jamal Penn, also known as Tony Smith, an alleged gang leader who had been acquitted of several murder charges in recent years. Another of the victims was revealed to be Trevor Cooper, who was charged with murder in 2017, but later acquitted. Valentino Pratt, who has a history of firearm and drug charges, is reportedly the third man killed.

On Tuesday, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said the police officers involved “did what they had to do”.

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues.
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice
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