“I living right dey.”

That was the rallying cry of friends and relatives of the three men killed by police on Saturday as they staged fiery protests in parts of Morvant between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. yesterday demanding justice for the killings.

The three men killed on Saturday were Noel Diamond, 46, Joel Jacobs, 43, and Israel Clinton, 27.

Protesters, who were joined by an aspiring politician and another activist, compared the deaths of the three with the death of African-American George Floyd.

On May 25, 2020, 46-year-old Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill.

Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, was video taped kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes while he was handcuffed and lying face down, begging for his life and repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe”.

While “I can’t breathe,” has become a rally cry for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests that followed worldwide, friends of the Morvant three quoted one of the men who allegedly told the police on Saturday, “I living right dey,” meaning he was innocent.

With that rallying cry residents first began protesting along Juman Avenue.

Rubbish was burnt until the police and officers from the Morvant Fire Station responded and quelled both the protest and the blaze.

The protest began again around 2 p.m. along the Lady Young Road near Jumans Avenue.

There they were joined by Kirk Waithe of the newly-formed party the Nationwide Organisation of We the People (NOW) and activist Garth Christopher and Acting ASP Roger Alexander, host of TV6’s Beyond the Tape showed up as well.

No rubbish was burnt this time but approximately 50 people stood at the side of the Lady Young Road near Juman’s corner shouting and clapping: “I living right dey”.

Justice will be served

Commandeering a PA system, Alexander addressed protesters, giving them an insight into how police investigations work. He also sought to clear his name after some protesters insisted he was among the officers who shot the three men on Saturday.

“We hear you. The Commissioner of Police and the executive of the TTPS have launched an investigation into this situation here and anyone who has some information that would help this investigation should come forward without delay,” he said.

“There is also the PCA (Police Complaints Authority) here that could assist with the investigation.

“I want each and every person to be rest assured that justice will not only be served but you all will have a total account of what took place here,” he added.

Asked about the video footage that emerged after the men had been shot showing them with their hands in the air, Alexander replied: “That’s part of the evidence and in order to complete the whole picture we have to examine everything because sometimes you may have a camera and it only shows you a part of the story.”

The protest died down for a bit but around 5 p.m. residents of Second Caledonia, Morvant, began moving traffic barriers and garbage as they attempted to block the Eastern Main Road near Morvant Junction.

Within minutes of starting it was shut down by the police who prevented the protest from getting bigger by ordering people off the road.


THERE is a backlog of 7,000 ballistics cases in Trinidad and Tobago.

This climbing backlog is as a result of a shortage of ballistics examiners and lack of space which has resulted in delayed legal proceedings.

Last month, two arms of the Ministry of National Security—the National Forensic Science Centre (NFSC) and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS)—collaborated to launch a training programme, entitled Firearm and Toolmark Examiner Training, at the Police Training Academy in St James.

TRINIDAD and Tobago nationals stuck abroad have become so desperate to return home that some have attempted to bribe staff at the Ministry of National Security to get preferential treatment in the exemption process.

Now, National Security Minister Stuart Young is warning that this will not be tolerated and anyone attempting to bribe his/her way back to T&T will be reported to the police.

Young was speaking during the Ministry of Health’s virtual news conference yesterday, where he revealed that ministry staff have been offered bribes.

Political parties can have walkabouts with more than 25 people, but they must be separated into smaller groups.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh gave this advice yesterday, as he urged political parties and candidates to adhere to the public health regulations to prevent the spread of Covid-19 as they embark on their pre-election campaigning.

AS investigations continue to determine who shot Ornella Greaves in Beetham Gardens, more and more cell phone videos are being released on social media sites.

Greaves, a mother of five, who was pregnant when she was killed was shot at about 10 a.m. on June 30 when police officers and Beetham Gardens residents clashed during a violent protest.