Commission hearing erupted into laughter as they heard the story of the runaway cop.
This afternoon, the Commission hearing erupted into laughter as they heard the story of the runaway cop. Assistant Superintendent, Walter Stanton, who was the officer in charge at the Mackenzie Station on July 18th said, he was at the bridge all day. He said, when the riot squad arrived and began releasing tear gas, persons began to run in different directions. He said, he was standing alone and was armed. He told the Commission that a group of protesters turned their attention to him.
The officer said, he was being pelted with bricks and bottles as he made his great escape but the only injury he got was a small cut to his left thumb. He said, he eventually met up with Senior Superintendent Hicken on the Washer Pond Road, which leads to the bridge area. Hicken he said, was in the company of a party of policemen but he could not recall who exactly the policemen were or even how they were dressed.
Stanton testified, that although he was armed, he never used his gun that day. He said, his gun was never taken for any ballistics tests and his hands were never swabbed either. He will return to the witness stand tomorrow morning.
Earlier today, Sergeant English who was in charge of the Linden Anti-Crime Unit, testified that his hands were never swabbed either for gunpowder residue. He said, he does not know of any of the ranks who were under his unit having their hands swabbed either although one of those ranks fired 4 shots on the day of the 18th. 2 in the vicinity of the Linmine secretariat and the GRA building and the other 2 in the PPP building area.
English testified, that his unit and the TSU ranks travelled to, and arrived at the bridge together, and he left some members of his unit behind with the TSU, as he and some others went to check on the reports of fire being set to the GRA building.
Assistant Superintendent Stanton testified, that he cannot recall seeing Sergeant English and his unit in the presence of TSU ranks although he was just behind the TSU ranks. He said, he saw some policemen there but could not recall who they were.