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Dangerous advice from Justice Seepersad!
It was recently reported that Justice Frank Seepersad said that citizens must provide law enforcement with crime information if they have such.
Oh no, Mr Justice, you have got this all wrong! There are many instances whereby such information from civic-minded persons reached rogue police officers and they are “silenced” in more ways than one. And, these are not limited to state witnesses.
To add salt to injury, there is also a poor and inefficient witness protection programme that is rendered meaningless to many persons.
Do you know the daily fear that state witnesses and other providers of information to the police live with every day, Mr Justice?
We have to get rid of the rogue police and fix the witness protection programme as priorities before we, the innocent citizens, risk our lives and those of our families before we pass on crime information to the police.
We risk being killed, Mr Justice. It will be much better if you make suggestions that will ensure citizen safety from these rogue officers before asking us to sign our own death warrant.
We expect better from you as a learned judge but you are speaking from your position where you may be benefiting from the security of Special Branch police, etc.
Who now is standing up for the innocent citizens who make reports to the police and don’t know where it will end up?
You should be making recommendations that include the use of technology that will reduce the risk of persons being killed.
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