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Mar 26, 2018

Chester Williams, Who Sent G.S.U., Says They Were Restrained Despite Being Attacked

Deputy Commissioner Chester Williams, whose instructions were to deploy the Gang Suppression Unit into Mayflower Street, has deferred an official comment on the incident.  In the aftermath of the madness, however, he took to social media to explain his decision for unleashing the GSU on Ghost Town.  According to the Operations Commander, several events involving the firing of weapons in public, including rounds being discharged during the memorial service on Sunday afternoon, transpired in the wake of Flowers’ murder.  The police department, he says, exercised great restraint in choosing not to engage mourners during the mass, despite calls being made by funeral-goers who were in fear of their safety.  But when the shooting resumed after the interment a decision was made to arrest the situation and that’s when the elite team was given the green light to enter the neighborhood.  In his post, Williams says, “as you can all see from the videos that upon law enforcement team entering they were immediately attacked by a mob comprising of mostly females and despite that the officers exercised great restraint.  I will say this, I do believe in a softer side of policing and to engage the public, but one must understand that community policing does not mean tolerating lawlessness to prevail.” Earlier today, the Ministry of National Security also issued a release stating that it is satisfied that there was justifiable cause for security personnel to enter the area.  The ministry says two officers were injured during the chaos; later, the police department clarified that injuries were caused when bottles were hurled at them.  The ministry says that it is also satisfied that the authorities exercised great restraint in the face of verbal and physical attacks on them.

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