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Aniah McLeod

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is offering a $25,000 reward to anyone who can divulge information which leads to the arrest of two-year-old Aniah McLeod’s killer.

This was disclosed during yesterday’s weekly media conference by Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith.

In making the disclosure, Griffith slammed members of the public, saying he had seen any outcry over nor witnesses when the child was killed along with her father Stephen McLeod, 39, in Tunapuna last Friday. He said if it were a case involving the police everyone would have seen and come forward with information and also to protest.

“Recently, I’ve seen the hypocrisy. I asked where was the concern, where was the anger? Oh, I asked if this anger is only for police killing…Where is the concern? Where is the anger? Is it anger and concern only in the involvement of police shootings? A group tried to do the same thing and tried to use the death of a child as a front to promote other aspects. And the mother was quite right, they were out of place,” Griffith said in reference to a protest over her killing earlier this week by the Trinidad and Tobago United Power group at City Gate, Port-of-Spain.

“Instead of everyone trying to play this game of saying let’s not try to blame the police for everything, maybe we should look at ourselves in the mirror and say what can be done to help.

“I could put my head on a block if, heaven forbid, the police were involved in that and someone had shot at the child and the police shot back and the child was killed in the crossfire, there would be all hell to pay and hundreds of witnesses automatically turn up.

“Because the police not involved, no one saw anything, no one is saying anything and that is what usually happens.”

Griffith said the TTPS’ intention is to “hunt down” the individual responsible for the double killings but added that there may be criticism if the police do catch the perpetrator.

“We intend to hunt him down and find him, and if he has the same firearm in his possession he used to kill a two-year-old child and he points that weapon at the officers and police, in that armed conflict in minimum use of force, shoot at that individual and he is killed, you will have more aggression, more hurt, more pain being said about police killing a killer than the killer killing a two-year-old child.”

He added, “The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service will take this opportunity today to inform the public that we are putting out a $25,000 reward for information that can assist us in trying to pinpoint the perpetrator of that heinous act.”

Anyone with information is asked to divulge the information to Crime Stoppers by contacting them at 800-TIPS (8477).