Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton meets with family of Quindon Bacchus

The Leader of the Opposition and Member of Parliament Aubrey Norton on Monday, June 13, 2022, paid a visit to the village of Golden Grove and met with the family of Quindon Bacchus who was shot and killed by a member of the Guyana Police Force on Friday, June 10, 2022.

The visit came a day after residents took to the Golden Grove road front in protest yesterday afternoon.  The Guyana Police Force in a statement late Sunday afternoon announced that the Special Branch Police rank at the center of the shooting death of Haslington youth Quindon Bacchus has been placed under close arrest as the Police Complaints Authority is set to investigate the incident.

23-year-old Quindon Bacchus, a father of one, was shot dead by an identifiable policeman at Haslington on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) on Friday after allegedly attempting to sell an illegal firearm to a plain-clothes member of the Guyana Police Force.

The Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) President Rickford Burke has since accused the police of giving two versions of the shooting. First, the GPF issued a statement claiming that officers were conducting an operation when they observed Bacchus with a gun and pursued him. They claimed Bacchus opened fire at the ranks, who returned fire, hitting and killing Bacchus.

Within four hours of the first statement, and facing backlash from the Haslington community which disputed the Police’s version of events, the GPF issued a second press release alleging that Bacchus was the target of a Police intelligence operation.

The GPF claimed Bacchus was attempting to sell a gun to an undercover cop when he suddenly opened fire at Police. GPF said that officers returned fire, fatally shooting Bacchus.  Burke slammed the police “Brer Anansi story” and demanded that the GPF allow an international investigation into the shooting death.

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