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DOING A DISSERVICE TO THE SERVICE
On Thursday, July 13, 2017 my wife’s grandmother unfortunately passed away at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC). I offered to carry my father-in-law and mother-in-law (daughter of the deceased) to the hospital. Since we are from Curepe, quite naturally we passed through Farm Road in St Joseph on our way to the hospital. However, you could have seen the standstill traffic on the Eastern Main Road (EMR) from where we sat in the car.
Therefore I merged onto the Priority Bus Route from Farm Road towards the EWMSC quite cognisant of the fact that there were police on the bus route. It should be noted that we are muslims therefore all the paperwork had to be in order for us to secure the body to be buried in a timely manner which my mother-in-law had on her person. Additionally, the deceased did not have her newest form of birth certificate adding uncertainty to the issuance of the death certificate.
On nearing the intersection to the EWMSC we were stopped by an officer and asked why were we on the Bus Route. I then related the information mentioned above. The officer then aggressively told me to pull over because he was fed up of hearing that “Mt Hope Story”.
I again related the information to the officer, to which he replied, “Is that an emergency?” and then he pointed to the EMR and said I could have used that route instead.
All this while my mother-in-law, who was now heartbroken by the tragic news of her mother’s passing, was beginning to cry hysterically in the back seat. The officer then literally screamed at me for my license and insurance. Shocked at his rude and discourteous behaviour at our unfortunate incident, I told the officer not to be unreasonable.
The officer shouted and ran up to the car and made me repeat myself three more times. He then yelled “ticket.” After getting the ticket, the officer then proceeded to make me turn around and head back to the Farm Road and proceed through the bumper to bumper traffic at the EMR.
My point of writing is that whilst all these public relations efforts are being made by the Police Service towards the public to paint the police as people friendly, officers like the one described above are dismantling these efforts quickly. So much for protecting and serving with pride.
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