Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre has urged an end to the blame game over Saint Lucia’s current crime situation, asserting that the blame lies with the criminals.
He spoke in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of four individuals in Vieux Fort between Saturday and Sunday in a fresh upsurge of deadly gun violence in the community.
Those who died included a two-year-old boy.
Pierre Monday led a delegation on a visit to Vieux Fort following the latest fatal shootings.
And at a press briefing when questioned whether the Saint Lucia police strategy was working, he called out people he declared wanted to politicise the crime situation.
Pierre recalled that there was a mass shooting in Kentucky, USA.
Five people died, and eight others sustained injuries due to that incident.
“I know we can’t compare Kentucky to Saint Lucia. What’s the reason for that? The police will never be able to police every inch of territory in this country,” the Saint Lucia Prime Minister told reporters.
“I think the police, they tell me, are trying their best. The police, most of them are committed to the cause. So I am not going to blame the police and I think we have to stop this blame game. We have to blame the criminals. All of us must begin to blame the criminals,” Pierre asserted.
“Our reporting must blame the criminals,” he told reporters at Tuesday’s pre-cabinet news briefing.
“We mustn’t look for all kinds of excuses – particularly those who try to use political excuses,” Pierre, responsible for National Security, observed.