Police Commissioner Under Fire

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Jamaica Gleaner

POLICE COMMISSIONER EUSTACE BERNARD is under fire for punishing tow members of the force.

The ones being punished are a young policewoman and her lover.

The girl, who is pregnant, has been suspended from duty, ordered to turn in her uniform and all other equipment, while the boy, a Trinidad national footballer, has been transferred to one of the rural police stations.

The decision has sparked a nationwide barrage of protests, led by female social workers, whose letters appearing in the newspapers call for a full investigation into the issue. One of the planks on which the protest is being mounted is a plan by Government to introduce an anti-illegitimacy law.

TRINIDAD BEGAN MARKING ITS TENTH YEAR of Independence with a sports spectacular at King George V Park. The show, organised by the Government-appointed National Sports Council, featured a march past of the nation's sports personalities, an address by Prime Minister Dr. Eric Williams, a 30-minute North-South football match between women's teams, a netball match, judo and karate displays and music by the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment Band.

Trinidad and West Indies cricketer, Charlie Davis, current Trinidad Sports personality, led the parade, carrying the flag of the National Sports Council.