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

Part IV

Events Subsequent to November 18, 1973

Paragraph 179. - The Questions which arise from the evidence regarding January 21, 1974

179. The questions which seem to use to arise from the evidence at this stage are these:

  1. What were the prevailing circumstances when the police aides were recalled on Sunday, January 20, 1974?

  2. For what purpose were the police aides recalled?

  3. What service, if any, did the police aides perform on Monday, January 21, 1974, or at any time thereafter?

  4. Was the demonstration on January 21, 1974, intended to impede or prevent political independence for Grenada?

  5. What was the cause of the riot on the Carenage?

  6. did the Police Force take any action necessary to prevent the riot or to control the conduct of persons involved?

  7. Was there a breakdown of discipline in the Police Force on January 21, 1974?

  8. If so, what was the cause of such breakdown of discipline?

  9. Has the Ministry of National Security or the Commissioner of Police taken proper action to investigate the circumstances of the riot?

In order to answer these question it will be necessary to consider, in addition to the other evidence, the evidence of the Minister of National Security in comparison with certain aspects of the evidence of (ag.) Commissioner James; and, as well, the contemporaneous record of the demonstration and the riot which was admitted into evidence as the untampered version of the sequence of events as narrated by Alister Hughes.

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