Police Commissioner Gary Griffith says the public is now engaging in something called “reverse discrimination.”
Speaking on CNC3’s The Morning Brew today Commissioner Griffith said this practice is being used to put pressure on the police service to act outside of the law.
“The reverse discrimination in this country is unbelievable.”
He maintained there is no double standard on the part of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).
“The double standard is the racism in some people’s minds.”
Over the past week there has been a national debate on whether the police should have arrested persons who were having a pool party at Bayside Towers in Cocorite.
Even Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley chastised the police service and instructed that they uphold the law regardless of race, class or social standing.
However, the top cop has maintained that his officers cannot and will not breach the law by arresting people on private property when the health regulations do not allow this.
In seeking to further clarify what took place when officers went to Bayside Towers, Griffith said the photo making rounds on social media with approximately 12 people is not what they met.
He said the police met about 6 people scattered around a pool and the officers used moral suasion, which has been used in other similar instances. He said the only time charges were laid against anyone on private property was during a party at a residence in Valsayn because on that occasion the home was rented out for a fete and the police obtained information and a warrant in order to act.
He said the police position on the law remains the same and this was acknowledged by the Prime Minister, Attorney General and National Security Minister during a meeting on Monday.
He insisted, however, that he and the government are now on the “same page” in the fight against COVID-19.
Griffith said as commissioner he will continue to do his job without any interference and will not be “bullied.
“I don’t need a wuk (sic),” he said.
As it relates to homeless people in San Fernando being ticketed for not wearing masks, the commissioner said his advice is that several of the people who were fined had actual addresses and access to money.
However, he said there may have been a short-coming on the part of the officers and he will go to court to rectify the situation for anyone who is homeless and was fined.
He said as at Sunday the number of people fined for not wearing masks stood at 259.
Reporter: Chester Sambrano