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Jul 18, 2019

ComPol Williams Gives Assurances on Special Investigation

This evening the Commissioner of Police Chester Williams met the media, he has been tasked by the Minister of National Security with putting together a special team of investigators to ascertain definitively what transpired on Tuesday evening that resulted in Major’s demise.  According to the ComPol, the team will consist of seasoned officers whose background with the police department includes investigative work.  At a late evening press conference, the top cop gave his assurances that no stones will be left unturned in getting to the bottom of the deadly shooting.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“I have put together an investigative team.  That team is headed by Senior Superintendent of Police Ms. Suzette Anderson and Ms. Anderson has a very good resume and track record as it relates to investigation.  She worked many years at CIB as deputy at one point in time and prior to that, running relief when we used to have one CIB branch in Eastern Division working out of Queen Street.  So I am sure that she has the competence and the knowledge and know-how to be able to steer this investigation to a proper conclusion.  The team also has members of the ombudsman’s office.  I spoke with the ombudsman this morning and he appointed a person from his office in the person of Ms. Winnie Parchue.  So she’s a part of the team as well and I also spoke to Mr. Westby and he appointed Mr. Martin Griffith as a representative of the independent complaints committee and so the two civilians who are a part of the investigative team will work very closely with Ms. Anderson to ensure that there is no cover up and to ensure that the investigation is being done in the most transparent manner.  I have given directives to Ms. Anderson and I have also said to the two civilians that if it is that they need to read the statements that the police have recorded and they see a need to go back and re-interview the witnesses, as well as to go over the area where the pursuit occurred and where the shots were fired, then they must be allowed to do that as well.  We want them to have as much contact as they can with the witnesses so that they can also have firsthand information from these witnesses to again show that we are being transparent in how we conduct this investigation.”


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