Arrest of 2 cops on murder charges …”POLICE COMMENDED”

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The Police Complaints Authority has commended the police for their diligence and effort throughout their investigation into the death of Adelle Gilbert, who was shot dead by police officers in 2016.

Gilbert was fatally shot by police officers on October 20, 2016, but  it was only on August 21 this year that two police officers were charged for his murder.

The PCA noted that on receiving information about Gilbert’s shooting, the PCA initiated a rigorous exercise of monitoring the investigation of the Police Service and has been continuously liaising with the Homicide Bureau and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“The PCA takes this opportunity [to] assure the Public and to remind police officers that we shall continue to hold police officers accountable in circumstances where they have committed criminal offences, police corruption, serious police misconduct and for matters related thereto,” the statement said.

PCs Donald Snaggs and Peter Farnum were arrested by colleagues on Tuesday morning and taken before San Fernando Magistrate Keri Anne Byer hours later.

Snaggs was arrested at his home and Farnum was detained at the Inter Agency Task Force office, Laventille.

They are accused of murdering Gilbert, 37, at Lawrence Street, San Fernando on October 20, 2016.

There was a public outcry when Gilbert was killed. He was shot close to his Carlton Lane home around midday after getting into an argument with a police officer in plainclothes.

He was shot twice and died at the San Fernando General Hospital.

A video made by his sister during the incident went viral on social media, prompting calls for a full investigation into his death. The Police Complaints Authority and the Police Service began investigations.

Snaggs and Farnum were remanded into custody and the matter was adjourned to September 17.

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THE POLICE OFFICERS ON THEIR WAY TO COURT

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