Both the Police Service and the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) have launched an investigation into the contents of a video where a Special Reserve Officer was featured allegedly accepting a $100 bribe for the sale of marijuana.
But the officer says he thought he was being asked about the sale of seeds.
Head of the Police Service corporate communications department, Ellen Lewis said that Professional Standards Bureau has begun investigating the contents of a video, in circulation on social media, involving a police officer.
So what is this video about?
The video shows the driver of the vehicle, who was dressed in a red jersey, calling out to the officer. The man, who described the officer as drunk and thirsty, claimed his video was just a social experiment for Trinidad and Tobago to see how police officers does be taking bribe.
When he stopped his vehicle he narrated that he was going to give $100 to the officer and ask him for marijuana.
Seconds after the officer, who was dressed in the Police Service uniform, walked up to the driver’s side and spoke to the driver. The driver asked him for weed, to which the officer replied: “How much you want?”
The driver then told the officer that he needed a pound. The officer said that he could not have gotten that amount but added that he could have only provided a quarter of an ounce but would have to go to his home to get it for him.
Nearing the end of the video, the driver asked the officer for his cellphone number and he disclosed the number.
Later on Sunday, a voice note, purporting to the that of the officer, was released in a bid to clear his name. In that recording, a male voice identified himself as the officer in the viral video.