Assistant Commissioner of Police George Nicholas has lauded officers’ restraint in a viral Hospital Road, Castries incident last week in which residents confronted the police.
“There seems to be a blatant disregard for law and order in this country to the extent where people resist and even challenge the police,” Assistant Police Commissioner George Nicholas observed.
“It is a situation that must be dealt with. I must applaud the police for exercising restraint, but it’s a situation where the police have to push back. We cannot tolerate that kind of resistance and that kind of disregard to the officers,” Nicholas told reporters.
“When officers are involved in carrying out their functions, they ought to be allowed to do it without resistance from the general public, ” he explained.
According to the senior police officer, the situation was getting out of hand.
He urged citizens to respect law and order and regard police functions.
“The police have been exercising a lot of restraint, and we need to push back. We need to allow people to feel the force of the law when the time comes,” Nicholas stated.
Residents confronted members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police, attempting to prevent the officers from carrying out their lawful duties.
The police said residents also threw missiles at the officers and a parked police vehicle.
The law enforcers took a male suspect into custody.
Videos of the incident appeared on social media.
But Nicholas told reporters that sometimes the videos represent a partial picture of the situation.