“Ah living right dey.”
The last words of Joel Jacob as he raised his hands in the air as police officers approached him and two other men on Saturday.
This was the claim by angry Morvant residents on Monday morning, as they protested at the scene of the country’s latest police killing.
Jacob and two other men were shot and killed by Guard and Emergency Branch (GEB) officers at around 3pm on Saturday.
Police reports stated that the men were killed in an exchange of gunfire.
The killings took place hours after PC Allen Morseley, a member of the GEB, was shot dead.
But residents, and those who knew Jacob, told another story on Monday.
Holding up placards, demanding justice for the killing, Morvant residents claimed that Jacob attempted to explain why he was travelling in the vehicle when it was stopped by police.
A resident said, “He repeated “Ah living right dey, ah living right dey officer”. He put up his hands and kept saying that. The driver had his hands up and the man in the back had his hands up. The people want justice. Just like in the case of George Floyd, these police officers need to be charged with murder.”
George Floyd was a 46-year-old black man who died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25 after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost eight minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down, begging for his life and repeatedly saying "I can't breathe".
The killing sparked national, then global protests, and led to criminal charges against four police officers.
ASP Roger Alexander attempted to subdue the protesters by calling on eyewitnesses to come forward.
He pleaded with the residents to practice social distancing while protesting.
Alexander said, “If there is anybody who had information on this incident you need to come forward to assist with the investigation.”
A video circulating on social media showed the police encounter with the men and what seemed to be one of the men with his hands in the air.
Jacob’s family has called for an independent investigation into the killing.
Relatives said Jacob, who was celebrating his birthday on Saturday, was “taking a drop to go out the road” when heavily armed police officers surrounded the vehicle.