T&T Public Warned Not To Interfere With Police Arrests

Trinidad Express:–  POLICE officers are advising members of the public against assaulting, obstructing, resisting or using obscene language against police officers in the execution of their duties.

It is a criminal offence.

Police say they have noted videos in circulation which show members of the public obstructing the police whilst carrying out lawful arrests.

The most recent incident occurred last Friday involving residents of Mohammed Trace, St. Augustine, and officers attached to the St. Joseph Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

In the video, a woman recorded the arrest of a man from the area, hurling insults at officers and taunting them to stop her from recording.

Section 59 of the Police Service Act 2006 states that: A person who assaults, obstructs, or resists a police officer in the execution of his duty, or aids or incites another person so to assault, obstruct, or resist a police officer or a person assisting the police officer in the execution of his duty, is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $10,000 and to imprisonment for two years.

Persons are also reminded of the following Sections of the Summary Offences Act, Chapter 11:02:

Section 49 of the Summary Offences Act, Chapter 11:02: Any person making use of any insulting, annoying or violent language with intent to, or which might tend to provoke any other person to commit a breach of the peace… or to the annoyance of any resident or person [in public]… is liable to a fine of $200 or imprisonment for 30 days.

Section 25 of the Summary Offences Act, Chapter 11:02: Any person who wilfully or maliciously commits any damage to any real or personal property whatsoever, either of a public or private nature, for which no punishment is otherwise provided, is liable— (a) if the amount of the damage is $50 or less, to a fine of $200, or to imprisonment for one month; (b) if the amount of the damage exceeds $50 and does not exceed $200 to a fine of $1000 or to imprisonment for three months; (c) if the amount of the damage exceeds $200 and does not exceed $1000, to a fine of $2000 or to imprisonment for four months, and in any such case to the payment of such further amount as appears to the Magistrate to be reasonable compensation for the damage so committed.

Citizens are also reminded of the Offences Against the Person Act, Chapter 11:08, Section 30 which states: Any person who is convicted upon an indictment of any assault occasioning actual bodily harm is liable to imprisonment for five years; and any person who is convicted upon an indictment for a common assault is liable to a fine of $4000 and to imprisonment for two years.