Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Cops in a bind

Fingerprint loophole in new Police Service Act
Hayden Mills haymills@trinidadexpress.com
Wednesday, June 20th 2007

THE NEW Police Service Act omits the court's power to force people in police custody to give their fingerprints if they refuse to do so.

The "la cuna" (loophole), as Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Carla Brown-Antoine described it, has now left the State helpless with respect to two murder accused who are refusing to give their fingerprints.

And she said the situation has left her baffled since omission of such an "obvious" subsection raises the question if it was deliberate.

She described the omission as nonsensical and referred to the DNA Act which called for the taking of more "intrusive" substances such as saliva, tissue, semen and other body samples.
She asked if there would be problems for the police to obtain such samples if they were having trouble to get fingerprints under this new Act.

When the issue was brought to the attention of Chief Magistrate Sherman McNicolls on Monday at the Port of Spain Eighth Magistrates' Court, he too appeared surprised and said it was something magistrates "will have to look at".

Im just begininng to wonder if these are the same fuckin assholes that is drafting the new constitution. Ah mean how the fuck you could leave out something like that, unless off course as the article says it may have been done on purpose.

Once again the PNM niggas prove incompetent.

2 comments:

TrinD said...

Woh allyuh expect? How long I saying police responsible for crime? Tell me why else they refusing to take fingerprints from criminals and letting go free wiht no kinda questioning. Wot alyuh expect under a government led by fock ass, Patrick Farthole Manning?

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