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May 12, 2021

ComPol Takes Another “L” in Supreme Court

Chester Williams

A new president took the helm of the Police Association back in January, but that did not stop a protracted legal matter from going before the judiciary.  The case against Commissioner of Police Chester Williams goes back to two and a half years ago, when Corporal Eldon Arzu filed a claim against him.  Arzu was legitimately elected as president of the association on January ninth, 2019, shortly before a statutory instrument was signed into force by ComPol Williams restricting him or his successor from running for office beyond a second term.  Since then, the two have been locking horns in the Supreme Court.  The most recent decision was handed down on Monday by Justice Westmin James in favor of Arzu.  That decision has been perfected in a seventeen-page document.  While Arzu lost his bid at a subsequent term of office, the court found that he was legally recognized as president in 2019.  Not only was his presidency voided, the commissioner even went as far as transferring him and stripping him of his allowances.  It is the second matter involving ComPol Williams in which the court has ruled against him.  Corporal Arzu was represented by attorneys Nazira Myles and Roberta Perez.

 

Nazira uk Myles

Nazira Uk Myles, Attorney for Eldon Arzu

“The ComPol admitted during cross examination that that was his view and he maintained his view that it was past and that Mr. Arzu could not be chairman but the court found otherwise, that he should have been allowed to act as chairman.”

 

Reporter

“So what happens now that basically it is after the fact that he should have been allowed to act as chairman but he wasn’t.  What has the judgment, what remedies does the judgment provide for that injustice, for lack of a better term?”

 

Nazira Uk Myles

“Well really and truly, as it relates to the chairmanship, because the association has elections every year and it’s done yearly, the term has passed where he could act as chairman.  So no order could have been made to that effect, however, not allowing him to act as chairman and transferring him unlawfully did have certain consequences or actions by the commissioner, being that he was not paid salary for two months on the basis that he was not at the proper post and then his allowances were discontinued.  He was transferred to a different branch, the Compliance branch, than where he should have been or he should have returned once he was not allowed to act as chairman.  So it is those consequences or those actions that we will now enforce in seeking that he is paid the salaries which he did not receive his allowances which were unlawfully discontinued.  And, like the judgment said, he is to take up his post back at the Anti-Narcotic Unit with immediate effect and full benefits.”


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