Police deny Cultural Center shooting claim
--- urge public to demand Police ID when approached
Guyana Chronicle
November 26, 2003

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THE Guyana Police Force has denied claims that members of the force were involved in the killing of a 21-year-old man in the compound of the National Cultural Center late Sunday and is advising the public to demand identification when confronted by a police.

"We wish to reiterate our advice to members of the public to demand that persons who claim to be Policemen identify themselves," a press release yesterday stated.

Commenting on claims that the police were involved in the death last Sunday of 21-year-old Kwesi Williams, the release said that the force has noted very seriously the imputation of a certain section of the media that members of the force are responsible for the death.

"We categorically deny any such insinuations and wish to caution against reckless and irresponsible journalism."

The Force normally issues a Press Release when its members are involved in shooting incidents, this is a standard operational procedure, the release added.

Those supposed eye witness(s) referred to by the section of the media are advised to take their accounts to the authorities where something can be done, otherwise they are advised to refrain from making sensational views and statements.

The Force has in the past distanced itself and continues to do so, from criminal elements who pose as Policemen and effect arrests etc and is continuing its efforts to apprehend such imposters and impersonators, the release said.