The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has initiated an investigation into the fatal shooting of five men in the Trou Macaque area by members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service on Thursday.
The PCA said in a statement that civilian investigators will conduct an independent investigation of this matter, at the conclusion of which a report will be forwarded to the PCA.
Upon receipt of the report, the PCA will make an assessment and form an opinion as to whether there is sufficient evidence to support a recommendation for prosecution and/or the institution of disciplinary proceedings.
The PCA said in the statement that the public is assured that due process shall be followed at all stages of the investigation.
In this regard, the PCA says it will not express any view prior to any determination by a court of law as same may be tantamount to attempting to interfere with due process and the course of natural justice.
It says that as an independent oversight body, the PCA is committed to ensuring that no police officer acts above the rule of law and to empowering the citizenry to report incidents of police misconduct and/or criminal activity.
It is asking that any witnesses to or persons with information on this incident, contact the PCA at 627-4383 / 627-4386 or at [email protected].
It says that all information provided will be treated as confidential.