Port of Spain South residents who have been living under siege on Duncan Street and environs over the past week say they have the solution to crime in the area and want the authorities to listen to them.
Speaking to the Sunday Express yesterday residents who asked not to be named because they feared for their lives said change needed to start with those who have been placed in their community to protect and serve.
One resident told the Sunday Express the Government needed to get rid of some police operating at stations in Port of Spain because they were corrupt.
“Madam Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, if you all want to know how to deal with crime ask the people who live here because we know what is happening, we know what is needed to fix the situation. Stop saying you will deal with crime and you deal with crime. You all are not living here so you don’t know what happening. Bring (police) here who not taking sides. People are defending their own lives and some police are the ones (behind the crime),” the resident said.
This sentiment was echoed by other residents who stood a short distance away.
The residents say they want to work like everyone else but jobs are the most difficult things to come by for those who live in the community because everywhere they go they are judged on where they come from.
The young men in the community, the resident said, are targeted and given court matters for trivial reasons because they are from Duncan Street.
“People, stop seeing us (like criminals) you don’t know what we are going through.”
Another resident said she didn’t want the return of the hangman because she did not believe that was the solution.