THE Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has met with the family of Biche resident Nigel "Beenie Man" Jones, who was killed by police last Friday.
Over the weekend, officials of the PCA visited Jones' relatives at Charuma Village, to find out what led to him being shot to death by police near his home.
Director of the PCA Gillian Lucky also met with Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams yesterday and held talks on Jones' fatal shooting, as well as other recent fatal police shootings, including Mt D'Or resident Atiba Duncan; Nigel Eminess, Nkosi Borde and Hayden Honore in Chaguanas in November 2011; and George "Ozzie" Ashby on January 23, 2009.
In a press release from the PCA, it was stated that Williams and Lucky "mutually agree that there has to be a quicker response time to the lengthy investigative process in matters of fatal police shootings, if the public's confidence in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and process are to be restored".
The release also stated that Williams gave the assurance in that meeting that there will be a response to the PCA on the status of these and other files.
The PCA held a public meeting at Rio Claro last Thursday as part of its Community Outreach Programme. The PCA will hold another meeting today at Marabella North Secondary School at 5.30 p.m.
Over the weekend, residents expressed their outrage over the killing of Jones, whose father, Seecharan Jones, described him as "mentally unstable".
The father said he was told that a senior police officer said that his son was shot after he attacked police with a cutlass and police fired one shot which hit him on the right side of his body.
A resident said no cutlass was found on Jones, but only a bag with corn seeds, green bananas and two oranges.
He was pronounced dead at hospital.
On Saturday, some Biche residents blocked the roads at several points at Charuma Village to protest the killing.
A resident told the Express that they intended to continue protesting yesterday, but did not after police began patrolling the area from 3 a.m.