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A driver is stopped for breaching curfew while driving along Queen and Broadway Streets, Arima, on Thursday night.

Sascha Wilson

Director of the Police Complaints Authority David West says so far the authority has not received any major complaints about police abuse under the State of Emergency.

In a brief telephone interview, he said, “Generally speaking there has been few complaints and they are not of a serious nature.”

He said the complaints brought to their attention since the country was put under an SoE from last weekend had to do with whether or not a business is essential.

West, who was not at work yesterday, could not give an exact number of how many complaints of that nature has been filed, but he said there were a few.

Under the SoE called by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to stem escalating COVID-19 infections, only essential businesses and services are being allowed to operate.

Many are working from home where possible while essential businesses are to operate at 50 per cent capacity, including public transport.

All business, however, must be closed at 8 pm. Delivery services for restaurants or food services are also not allowed. Only five people are permitted to gather in public and a curfew is in effect from 9 pm to 5 am.