Cannonier criticises police road stop of son
The son of MP Craig Cannonier appeared to be targeted unfairly last week by police, Mr Cannonier told the House of Assembly.
The Opposition MP recounted how his son, a prominent commentator on social media, had been pulled over and questioned by three police officers who never asked him for identification.
“He is a pretty docile fellow who never really had any issues with authority,” the Devonshire South Central MP said of Trae Cannonier, cofounder of the site It’s That Type of Party.
Two days after the first stop, the junior Cannonier was pulled over for speeding and ended up arguing with police — who in fact had pulled over the wrong motorist, he said.
“We’re looking at some pretty irresponsible behaviour out there,” Mr Cannonier said.
Wayne Caines, the Minister of National Security, pledged to look into the matter with the officers responsible and consult with Mr Cannonier.
Mr Caines added: “There are specific ways that you stop a person — you can’t just do that willy-nilly.”
The minister also addressed reports that emerged this week on ZBM that the confidentiality of police examinations had been breached.
The broadcaster had also carried reports that police officers were concerned at the selection of the next Commissioner of Police.
“There are mechanisms in place where we raise issues,” Mr Caines told the House.
“For me to hear of such significant and potentially damning events on the 7 o’clock news — well, that’s not how things go.”
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