Report of the Duffus Commission of Inquiry into the Breakdown of Law & Order, and Police Brutality in Grenada

Part I

Paragraph 14 - Incidents of Infringements of Constitutional Rights

14. Under Clause 1 A of the terms of reference, as finally amended, the Commissioners were asked to say whether or not any incidents occurred during the period 1st January, 1973 to the 29th March, 1974, from which a finding can be made as to whether or not there had been any breakdown of law and order and whether or not there had been any infringement of constitutional rights, with particular reference to the operation of the Police Force and Police Aides and the Magistracy during the period.

There was ample evidence of the occurrence of several incidents during the relevant period pointing clearly and unmistakenly to a breakdown of law and order. There was also clear evidence that there had been infringements of the constitutional rights of citizens by members of the regular Police Force and by the so-called Police Aides, acting under the authority of the police for and on behalf of the Government of Grenada. We will now relate the facts as we found them in a number of these incidents.

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