Public Safety and Justice Minister, Attorney General Steadroy ‘Cutie’ Benjamin was not his usual well-mannered self when he met with the high command of the Royal Antigua and Barbuda Police Force on Monday.
An upset Benjamin read the riot act to the officers, ranked senior seargent to police commissioner, over the increase in killings this year.
There are a recorded 19 murders this year, the highest in a decade. Though Benjamin had earlier sought to downplay the statistic, claiming it was mostly the result of gang activity.
A reliable source told Antigua News Room (ANR) that Benjamin demanded answers for what could be done to get the issue under control.
A few weeks ago, Parliament passed a Bill to increase jail time for gun crimes. The Cabinet also committed to giving the police force the funding it needed to fight serious crime.
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