Charges Laid Criminally and Disciplinarily for Involved Officers
The officers in question clearly acted outside of the rules of engagement when they began firing their weapons during the disturbance. Both have been charged for wounding as many as five persons and will also be facing disciplinary charges as a result of their actions. The investigation, says ACP Lino, saw interviews being conducted and statements being recorded from a cross section of persons who witnessed the fracas.
ACP Keith Lino, Commander, Professional Standards Branch
“The other female had given us a statement but she requested no further action from the police, or no court action. But the three Cowos who got injuries, they requested court action. As a result of that we have since gotten their statement and two of the policemen who were out there brandishing their firearms had been using their firearms to protect themselves; one PC Norman Coye and the next one PC Madrill. We have subsequently charged the two of them for wounding for the offense that had been committed against the Cowo brothers. The investigation, as I said, is continuing because the police officers will be charged likewise disciplinarily for the actions they had committed whilst out there at San Pedro. We interviewed independent people, as well as those people who have been affected by the incident. So we are still in the process of conducting the investigation, it isn’t finished as yet but I’m here primarily to brief the media and to give the media an update as to what occurred because it occurred Saturday morning. Yesterday was Sunday and today is Monday so it’s still early with our investigation.”
“ACP Lino, what is the standard operating procedure in terms of an officer attempting to diffuse a situation using a firearm? Is he allowed to discharge in the air? Is he allowed to discharge on the ground? How does that work?”
“First and foremost we discourage our officers from using firearms in regards to being attacked as they alleged. We would prefer for them to use their baton because each police officer is issued with a baton, hence the reason why we have established that there are some challenges and hence the reason we also had charged the police officers to have caused the wounds to the complainants. We charged them because we believe that what they did, the action that they have committed was against the protocols of the police department and the discipline of the police department.”