Also condemning the police officers is the United Democratic Party. The UDP is calling for a transparent and impartial investigation into the death of Derrick Uh. In its statement today, the party says it (quote ) “emphatically condemns the gross negligence of his arresting officers that resulted in hours of inhuman torture and eventual death” (End quote.) Party Chairman, Michael Peyrefitte, who was once the Minister of National Security, reiterated his call for the Home Affairs Minister, Kareem Musa; CEO Kevin Arthurs and ComPol Chester Williams to go and that the man who put Uh in the van to face the music.
Michael Peyrefitte, Former Minister of National Security: “I don’t know what went wrong Dale. That’s why you need to have an investigation. I think the Professional Standards Branch needs to step in with all the investigative powers to find out just what the hell happened. I believe and I saw the Prime Minister came out with a release of his own. We noh waah hear weh he ga fi seh. We have been saying for a long time that the Police Department is demoralised. The Police Department needs restructuring. The level of micro-managing and the level of lack of belief by the rank and file of the Police Department in their leadership has never been lower and changes need to be made to send a message. Now it is reported to me that several time you would have police officers drinking on duty, doing things that we don’t know what happened and from the original reports that we are getting, people in the medical field are telling me that while certainly if you’re locked up in a van for 10, 15 hours you can stifle and you can die but from the looks of it, it seems that there may be more than just that. What happened? We don’t know. We have to investigate. But at the very least, at the very least, whoever put that person in that van, they are to face the fullest extent of the law. I’m telling you that is unacceptable and inexcusable and hopefully this will be a tipping point for the Prime Minister to realise that Said Musa, now, um Kareem Musa, Chester Williams, and Kevin Arthurs are not going to cut it as the leaders of the Police Department. It’s not going to happen. It’s only getting worse and worse and worse.”
The former Police Minister called for a chance for a proper investigation to take place, despite the lack of faith the public has in the system and says micromanagement in the department is partially to blame for the egregious errors the department continues to make.
Michael Peyrefitte, Former Minister of National Security: “A part of the problem, I am told, is that why this happened was a lack of people having responsibilities and a lack of having deliverables that they have to produce for their Commander because everything is micomanged so you have a situation where changes have to be made or I don’t know what else can happen that will shock us.”
Dale McDougall, Love FM News: An investigation will need to happen. Do you think that the public is right in their scepticism of the fruits or the results of this investigation when it begins?
Michael Peyrefitte, Former Minister of National Security: “Yes they are right in their scepticism but we shouldn’t dwell in scepticism. I believe that you, I have to believe. We all have to believe that there are good people within the Police Department who will do a proper investigation but they have to be allowed to do that investigation. They have to be allowed to be independent. It cannot be that you’re trying to do an investigation, you’re bringing a policeman from one place to the state and then you get a call to say release dah man because you have decided his innocence or guilt. I mean you have to allow people to do their jobs and carry out their duties, if it is done properly then the public will not be sceptical but if it’s not done properly and the public will know if it’s not being done properly then the cynicism will just increase.”
In its statement today, the UDP has offered legal or other forms of support to Uh’s family.