The Christmas Eve killing of Police Constable Nicholas Victor in one of the most murderous years in the country’s modern history, has outraged Police Commissioner Gary Griffith who has slammed some politicians, lawyers and activists for their perceived defence of criminal suspects.
Victor, 30, of Bagna Trace, Chase Village, was shot and killed during a robbery at a supermarket in Kelly Village, Caroni at around 8p.m. Tuesday.
Victor, a Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch, was off-duty at the time, but performing a private security duty outs Rainbow Supermarket.
He was shot and killed by two gunmen. One of the killers took Victor’s service revolver.
In a statement on Wednesday, Griffith said “there is a strong possibility that the suspects in this incident may have been some of the many, previously held by the officers of the TTPS, whilst in the possession of firearms, but were allowed to access bail and get back onto the streets, because certain persons in the criminal justice system, including politicians and so-called activists, see it fit that the rights of cold-blooded criminals to be free when held with a firearm, have precedence over the rights of law-abiding citizens to survive in this country. It is difficult for the police to be doing their job of arresting these individuals with firearms only for them to be given a get out of jail free card, to go back onto the streets.”
He said: “When this happens, the criminals are emboldened to commit the crime that they were planning to, which is murder, because they have legal fees to pay and when the murder rate increases, the TTPS is blamed.”
He asked: “Why must we wait for these cold-blooded killers to commit their act, before we understand that they should not be entitled to their freedom?”
Griffith, who with National Security Minister Stuart Young visited Victor’s family, asked that those who sympathize with criminals to have their rights for freedom when held with firearms, to visit the home of the relatives of the hundreds of murder victims this year.
“They are all grieving on Christmas Day, while some focus on fighting for the rights of the heartless murderers to take away the lives of law-abiding citizens. I do hope in the New Year, that such individuals have a conscience.”
Griffith said it was his hope that in 2020, “all relevant stakeholders look in the mirror and understand that we have a nation to defend and we must start setting the precedence of looking over the rights of law-abiding citizens, over the rights of criminals.”
Officers of the Special Operations Response Team, Guard and Emergency Branch and Central Division Task Force continue to search for the two suspects.
Anyone with information on the incident, is asked to contact the police at 999, 555, 911, 800-TIPS or any police station or via text/WhatsApp to 482-GARY (4279) or the TTPS App.