Brown called on the Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar as head of the National Security Council, to bring a halt to the patrols and meet with acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams and Chief of Defence Staff Major General Kenrick Maharaj to investigate who exactly ordered the patrols.
He stated that the acting Commissioner ordered his officers to arrest and charge any soldier found committing an offence, this in response to questions posed to him by journalists about the legality of soldiers patrolling Laventille without policemen in attendance.
He also stated that the acting Commissioner went further to state that neither he nor the Chief of Defense Staff had ordered the patrols which were being undertaken by the soldiers.
He said that if the soldiers were in fact patrolling, it would be interesting to know who ordered the patrols.
But in response Minister Griffith criticized Brown over the statement, saying both Williams and Maharaj had confirmed that the soldiers were authorized to carry out the operation, but what was not authorized were the independent aspects of the patrols.