Posted: Monday, March 26, 2018. 9:04 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff:During a funeral service for reputed Ghost Town Gang leader, Kendis Flowers, his associates fired multiple gunshots into the air to salute the slain general.
After that, members of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) descended onto Mayflower Street, the home of the gang.
Members of the community were scene hurling insults, obscenities, and even throwing objects at the officers who responded with brute force and gun shots.
The incident caught on camera has stirred controversy on social media.
Today, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, commented on the matter via his Facebook account.
“I’ve noticed a number of comments regarding the incident in the Mayflower area yesterday, and I’m very happy to see that for the most part the comments were favorable to the police, “ he began.
He added, “For those who don’t know what actually happened, let me enlighten you. Since the death of Kendis Flowers we have exercised great restrain where his colleague are concerned for the simply reason that we want them to mourn in peace. Yesterday during the church service we heard several shots being fired from within the area, people from within were repeatedly calling the police because they felt scared, despite this, we chose not to go in at that time because the church service was still ongoing and we did not want to have a confrontation, so we allowed the funeral to continue.”
According to him, after the funeral, the attendees proceeded to the cemetery and thereafter more shots were heard again.
Williams said, “residents from that area were frantically calling for the police. Responding to the calls of those citizens who felt threatened by what was taking place, I decided to put together a team of police officers and BDF and sent them into the area to arrest the situation.”
He added, “As you can all see from the videos that upon the law enforcement team entering the compound, they were immediately attacked by a mob comprising of mostly females and despite that, the officers exercised great restraint.”
According to Williams, he believes in a softer side of policing and to engage the public.
However, he argues that community policing should not tolerate lawless to prevail.
He explained, “the police cannot and will not be intimidated by no group who wants to create havoc in our communities and it is our duty to deal with those who commit themselves.”
In closing, he remarked, “We will continue to foster a better relationship with the public with a view to make our communities safer for all. We cannot win the war against crime if we allow lawlessness to prevail or to allow any group to believe that they can do as they please and get away.”
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