The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has denied claims that a visitor to the popular Fish Friday activity at Gouyave, St. John’s was stripped off his pants last week.
The incident first became public via facebook over the last weekend.
The report that reached the public suggested that Police Officer 552 Modeste ordered the male visitor to take off the pants in the public, leaving him wearing only his boxers.
This resulted in a public outcry, with some people saying the Police Officer should have exercised better judgement.
However, a Press Release issued on Monday by the police force said that a Police Constable who was on patrol duty, saw someone whom he knows as Filip Jaeiziarpki, a 24-year old resident of Non Pariel, St. Mark’s, wearing a long camouflage pants.
The wearing of camouflage clothes in public by civilians is illegal.
The Police release said that Constable Modeste who had on two previous occasions spoken to Jaeiziarpki about wearing the pants, approached him and spoke to him once again about the issue.
According to the release, Jaeiziarpki admitted to the Officer that he had previously spoken to him concerning the wearing of the pants in public.
The Officer asked the young man why he continues to wear the pants, and he responded that everyone told him it was legal to wear it.
“The Officer informed him that the pants will be taken away from him and asked him if he had on another pants under the camouflage pants. Filip responded in the affirmative. The police constable then asked Filip to accompany him to the Gouyave Police Station, to remove the pants”, said the release.
“Filip immediately removed the pants contrary to the officer’s request, folded it and handed same to him, which he accepted. They both had a conversation after which Filip shook the Constable’s hand and left,” it added.
RGPF categorically denied that the officer removed the pants.
“The Royal Grenada Police Force strongly denies the claim that Mr. Filip Jaeiziarpki was instructed to remove the pants in the public’s view and wishes to remind the general public that, according to Chapter 194 A of the Military Uniform (Prohibition) Act # 9 of 2000, it is an offence for “any person, other than an authorised person to wear any military uniform or clothing having the appearance of such uniform,” the release said.
The statement went on to say that a police officer may arrest without warrant any person who has committed such an offence.
“Any person, who is guilty of such an offence according to the Act, shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of ten thousand dollar or to imprisonment for one year, or to both such fine and imprisonment,” it added.