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: