Minister apologizes for police shooting

National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has made an apology for the police shooting of  Bagatelle resident, Manassa Brown, who was wounded last month by the police.

Francis told the Times that an investigation has revealed that 22 year old Brown was not in any way involved in an incident at Bagatelle in which a police officer was fired upon.

In an unprecedented move, the Minister told the Times he met with the victim’s mother and aunt in his office and apologized to them for the incident which  resulted in the hospitalization of the twenty-nine year old.

He promised that the matter will be referred to the Attorney General so that some form of compensation can be discussed.

“I am not sure how that matter will pan out but we are investigating further to determine whether the police officer was negligent or it was just a mistake on his part,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner said in an interview with the Times.

Francis told the Times that he intends to ensure  that police matters that are brought before him are thoroughly  investigated in a professional manner.

Shooting victim, Manassa Brown, had told the Times in an interview last month shortly after he was wounded, that the police shooting was unprovoked.

He sustained a gunshot wound to the lower abdomen.



  1. Anonymous
    September 22, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    A noble step by the minister, it was his department on his watch.
    Extend this thought and we arrive at the conclusion that Minister in charge during the judicial murders ,now described as IMPAC has some responsibility for the police actions and should apologise to the families of the decease.
    An apology by a minister for an action taken within his jurisdiction is a positive step, this is progress from the arrogant stance usually adopted by LaCorbinere when he held office.
    Minister Francis I commend you

  2. Anonymous
    September 22, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Unbelievable the level of ignorance that exist in this country. Sine when it is the minister’s role to pronounce whether any body’s action was wrong or right. This is the role of the court. Never thought i would live to see a minister worse than la combinere . La combinere is an angel by this waste of a former deputy commissioner.

  3. Anonymous
    September 22, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    You ll don’t know what it takes for aquetika, be wise.

  4. Just maybe
    September 22, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Maybe the minister was given the name of the person who shot at the officer

    1. Anonymous
      September 22, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      he knows who done it and he will be arrested on shortly the young man will get a nice compensate and that is justice

  5. Anonymous
    September 22, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    It was a very reckless and unmindful action on the police officer to discharge rounds like that. That’s a residential area, lots of wooden homes around with families in them . Better training maybe necessary before persons are handed arms. Causing the state money and families grife.

  6. Anonymous
    September 23, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    More ignorance. It’s not about supporting or condemning the officer’s action. Bottom line is it has never been and is the minister’s role to determine or pronounce whether the officer’s action was justifiable or not. The court does that.

  7. Anonymous
    September 23, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Minister thanks for making that bold move I hope others can learn something from for the man with gun and bag it time to step up and go pay that young man a visit .