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Jan 3, 2018

ACP Chester Stands Up for Sr. Supt. Marco Vidal

Marco Vidal

The homes of the Ahmads were raided by officers attached to the Special Branch during a predawn operation in Hattieville in June 2016.  That close watch by law enforcement reportedly became a nuisance to members of the family, including Fareed, who was stopped and searched by the Special Assignments Team at the intersection of Vernon Street with the George Price Highway on the night of December twenty-first.  In fact, that particular encounter with the unit and the manner in which the check was conducted formed the basis of Fareed’s complaint to the Professional Standards Branch prior to his death one week later.  Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams is heading the internal investigation.


Chester Williams

ACP Chester Williams, Commander, Professional Standards Branch

“The investigation has not unearthed anything to suggest that Mr. Fareed was under surveillance either by SAT or any other elements of the police department.  The day in question, when he was searched on the twenty-first of December, they were searched at the corner of Vernon Street and the highway which was the area of responsibility for SAT.  So it’s not like to say, well the SAT actually left the area to go after him in another area.  It was within their area of patrol.  And I will say that Mr. Vidal has been very forthcoming, very cooperative with this investigation, as well as the other members of SAT.  Everything they’re asked for they provide and I have nothing to suggest that he or any member of his team are trying to hide anything where this investigation is concerned.”



“So when they left to go to Hattieville they were going out of their jurisdiction, basically.  Couldn’t a phone call have been placed?”


ACP Chester Williams

“They did speak with the commander, Mr. Vidal, and he authorized them to have gone and he himself was ignorant to the fact that there was a shooting.  He also thought that it was only a traffic accident, hence the reason he gave them the directive to go.”

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