Gary Griffith

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith is responding to claims that the police were acting as agents of government by investigating and charging union leader and politician Watson Duke.

In a statement on Friday, Griffith said the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is duty-bound to enforce all the nation’s laws.

He said the job of the Police Service is to be fair and impartial and as such, it will not disregard enforcing any law based on the age of that law or whom an individual might be.

He said while some may take issue with police enforcement of laws, all citizens are free to lobby their MPs for Parliament to make changes to any existing law.

Griffith reminded that a few years ago when a police officer was charged with sedition, there were no dissenting voices at that time.

He said: “no one is more equal than another in this country inclusive of politicians and union members.”

Griffith said that the people trying to justify the actions of anyone who might be in breach of the law or clearing people who are charged for breaking the law, based on their own limited understandings of that law or the contents of a pending investigation, where more information is known by the police and not members of the public, are simply premature in their actions.

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