Thursday, January 18, 2018

Trigger incident caught on camera

The circumstances surrounding the shooting of Beetham resident Randy Williams by a police officer were captured by closed-circuit television cameras assigned to the Solid Waste Management Company Ltd (SWMCOL).

Sources told the Sunday Express a copy of the footage was requested by National Security Minister Gary Griffith and sent to him last week.

The footage which has also been obtained by the Sunday Express shows a man throwing stones and confronting two armed police officers at the entrance of the Beetham landfill.

It  also shows after the man is shot, the two officers scamper for safety and run back into the dump’s compound with their weapons drawn.

 The CCTV camera is positioned at the dump’s main gate and starts by showing several trucks entering and exiting the compound. Several minutes later, a man dressed in a white vest and blue three-quarter jeans is escorted off the compound by two police officers dressed in tactical gear.

Sources told the Sunday Express that around 9.05 a.m. on January 26, the officers who are attached to the Guard and Emergency Branch (GEB) and the Police Academy Guard Unit, were on extra duty inside the Beetham landfill when they noticed a man throwing garbage on an undesignated area on the compound.

The man was told to desist from doing this by the officers but refused. He was warned by the officers and escorted to the main gate of the landfill.

 While the officers were standing outside the dump, the camera captured an image of the same man who was initially escorted off the compound, holding an object in his hand and throwing it in the direction of the officers.

The man is seen gesticulating in close proximity to the officers and again picks up an object from the ground and throws it in the officers’ direction.

The man is seen picking up another object of the ground and placing it in his right hand, while using his left hand to gesticulate wildly at the officers.

His arm raised and the object in hand, the officers are seen attempting to get out of the way.

Later, the man is seen dropping to the ground and holding his leg. 

One of the officers approaches him and at the same time, kicks away an object. While tending to the injured man, the officers look across the highway and proceed to run inside the dump’s compound.