Top Cop looking to crack down on certain voice notes, social media posts

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    The Police Commissioner is looking to crack down on certain voice notes, anonymous videos, and social media posts using pseudonyms

    Top Cop Gary Griffith says there has been an increase in the number of these, which he says appear to incite and encourage persons to protest, riot, and rise up against the Police and State institutions.

    The Commissioner says such conduct should not to go unabated and wants the public’s help to identify those responsible.

    He points to Chapter 11:04 of the Sedition Act which states that: –

    4. (1) A person is guilty of an offence who— (a) does or attempts to do, or makes any preparation to do, or conspires with any person to do, any act with a seditious intention; (b) communicates any statement having a seditious intention; (c) publishes, sells, offers for sale or distributes any seditious publication; (d) with a view to its being published prints, writes, composes, makes, reproduces, imports or has in his possession, custody, power or control any seditious publication.
    (2) Subject to subsection (3), a person guilty of an offence under this section is liable— (a) on summary conviction to a fine of three thousand dollars and to imprisonment for two years; or (b) on conviction on indictment to a fine of twenty thousand dollars and to imprisonment for five years, and any seditious publication, the subject matter of the charge, shall be forfeited.

    He also pointed to Section 106 of the Summary Offences Act Chapter 11:02: –

    Any person who – (a) Sends any message by telephone which is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene, or menacing character; or (b) sends any message by telephone, or any telegram, which he knows to be false, for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to any other person or; (c) Persistently makes telephone calls without reasonable cause and for any such purpose as mentioned above, Is liable on summary conviction to a fine of two hundred dollars or to imprisonment for one month.

    The Top Cop says anyone with legitimate information regarding the identification of such individuals or groups referred to above, can WhatsApp him at 482-GARY (4279) or email him at cop@ttps.gov.tt.