Francis concerned about fatal police shooting

Francis concerned about fatal police shooting

Human Rights Activist, Mary Francis, has expressed concern about the latest fatal police shooting and has called for a prompt, independent investigation.

“We want the result of the investigation into this latest homicide in a matter of almost two, three weeks,” she told the Times.

Francis says the police must become accountable.

“These things are happening too frequently,” she stated.

She referred to eyewitness reports relating to  the latest  fatal police shooting.

Francis said the reports indicated that the victim was running away at the time.

“How can you shoot somebody who is running away? People run away because they are afraid of the police. Great fear when you see those SSU people with their big guns,” Francis said.

She said as far as she understands, the constitution says that only in cases of indictable offences the police can shoot under those circumstances.

Francis said she did not hear that the deceased was armed.

Thirty-nine year old Yves Rene, a resident of Fond Mange, Marigot,  succumbed to injuries sustained during a shooting incident involving the police on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

“This has been happening for so long and in the aftermath of IMPACS I am surprised that it is still happening,” Mary Francis told the Times.

She recalled that last year new guidelines on the use of force by the police were adopted.

“I am wondering whether those officers, especially the SSU, are really aware of the guidelines and the various levels of force. It states six levels in the guidelines,” the outspoken Attorney at Law observed, adding that the use of deadly force is a last resort.

As far as Francis was concerned, the situation raises the issue of compliance with the guidelines for the use of force.

She reiterated concerns about the Coroner’s Inquest.

“It is true that it is the duty of the police to investigate crime, but this is an unusual situation – when the state is involved through the actions of the police and a citizen loses his life, there is supposed to be a level of independence and arms length investigation,”  Francis declared.

She said the Coroner’s Act needs to be amended and reinforced.

“We need to have an independent Coroner’s office right now with investigative ability, because when you have the police doing the investigation they can sanitise things and so forth – I am speaking from my experience and background,” the Human Rights Activist told the Times.

 

 

 

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35 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    January 11, 2017 at 3:10 pm Reply

    And the rights of the others?

  2. Unknown
    January 11, 2017 at 3:20 pm Reply

    That lady only Care about one set of people its The it come at your door i Hope you talk The way you are talking really

  3. Pet
    January 11, 2017 at 3:23 pm Reply

    Sorry for The missing words i ment wait till it come at your door

  4. Nonesence
    January 11, 2017 at 3:38 pm Reply

    Marry shut the “*’: up. Is this the only time we hear from you? What about other homicides & families? Let the police do their work.

  5. Nones
    January 11, 2017 at 3:39 pm Reply

    Marry shut the “*’: up. Is this the only time we hear from you? What about other homicides & families? Let the police do their work.

    1. glock 19
      January 12, 2017 at 2:06 pm Reply

      Unless they er kill your family member yet you wont say let them work

  6. Be realistic
    January 11, 2017 at 3:39 pm Reply

    Marry shut the “*’: up. Is this the only time we hear from you? What about other homicides & families? Let the police do their work.

  7. Anonymous
    January 11, 2017 at 4:05 pm Reply

    crime

  8. Anonymous
    January 11, 2017 at 4:07 pm Reply

    every police officer should be murder in st lucia

    1. Anonymous
      January 11, 2017 at 8:26 pm Reply

      come try it…..then u will see if the usa can protect u ll den

  9. Anonymous
    January 11, 2017 at 4:17 pm Reply

    Wait your turn to murder officers.. Jammet/mako

  10. Anonymous
    January 11, 2017 at 4:49 pm Reply

    If u do nothing wrong u don’t run. How about my rights when them little (Expression deleted) comes in ur house and take all they want and sometimes kill’s u to. Y u did not comes out when they rap and kill the 70 year’s old woman last month?

  11. watch man
    January 11, 2017 at 4:52 pm Reply

    I Knew I would hear that wretch voice on this one. women getting raped in their own homes,no Mary Francis. children begin sexually abused,no Mary Francis.the woman for east winds was murderer at her home,no Mary Francis, Another one tied up and robbed of her vehicle, tourist being robbed no Mary Francis. Criminals will always do what they doing knowing that they have people like you behind them.great job woman keep up the good work.(smh) I hope you have the same attitude when it hits your front door, with the way they going it’s only a matter of time

    1. Anonymous
      January 17, 2017 at 2:25 am Reply

      For true “watch man”
      Where was Mary Francis during all those homicides??

  12. Anonymous
    January 11, 2017 at 4:54 pm Reply

    Must I suppose to feel sorry for him that the police kill (Words deleted) I don’t think so. Left the police alone he run he dead. good job officer well done one less gunman.

  13. cry child
    January 11, 2017 at 5:04 pm Reply

    To the idiot that say all police need to be murdered is little (Expression deleted). Like you that end up dead and it doesn’t have to be at the hands of the police, you ass…. Do a fine job of taking each other out. WAKE UP look around you.

  14. Anonymous
    January 11, 2017 at 5:39 pm Reply

    The police should kill more

    1. Anonymous
      January 11, 2017 at 8:13 pm Reply

      Shut your mouth it could be you or your family. Just running on the road or away from a dog

  15. Anonymous
    January 11, 2017 at 8:07 pm Reply

    These previous comments were all made by officers mary francis is doing an excellent job no one should be immune to the law everyone needs to be held accountable for their actions. This is murder.

  16. Coco
    January 11, 2017 at 8:15 pm Reply

    Good job officer…you safe…if it was me i would not run…great job…they cant do you nothing…good job….dammmm scumbag

    1. Coco
      January 11, 2017 at 8:23 pm Reply

      Great job…good shooting…let that be a lesson to dem rest…

      1. glock 19
        January 12, 2017 at 2:08 pm Reply

        Not them alone that could shoot they alone that have guns

  17. Coco
    January 11, 2017 at 8:19 pm Reply

    You do right shoot him wat he run for….dem man want to pull up in bus stop and harrass people and selling drugs….he was guilty dats why he run…good job officer…make lucia safe again

  18. Coco
    January 11, 2017 at 8:21 pm Reply

    You do right shoot him wat he run for….dem man want to pull up in bus stop and harrass people and selling drugs….he was guilty dats why he run…good job officer…make lucia safe again

  19. HATER
    January 11, 2017 at 8:27 pm Reply

    When the other killings/ homicides happen you hid like a snake in the grass and said nothing because that’s small fish to you… now one fatal killing by an officer an you coil yourself up and strike LIKE THE SNAKE YOU ARE.

  20. majjee...
    January 11, 2017 at 8:31 pm Reply

    Yeah of course Mary…Her only concern is the police shootings…she’s not concern abt wht her boys doin til one turn one her(Words deleted)!!! Then she’ll need the police..

  21. Anonymous
    January 11, 2017 at 9:23 pm Reply

    Naza was a great guy (Word deleted) what your hatters say the police man have to suffer the consequences

  22. Anonymous
    January 12, 2017 at 9:27 am Reply

    Reading these comments tell me one thing for sure,” St. Lucia has a lot of confused and uninformed people.” That too is a contributing factor to our current state of affairs. PURE STUPIDITY!

  23. Anonymous
    January 12, 2017 at 9:28 am Reply

    Reading these comments tell me one thing for sure,” St. Lucia has a lot of confused and uninformed people.” That too is a contributing factor to our current state of affairs. PURE STUPIDITY!

  24. Anonymous
    January 12, 2017 at 9:58 am Reply

    The police could have dealt with the matter differently but the young man knowing his busy was not right ran,his only reason being that he was Involved in things that would get him arrested and to avoid the consequences of his actions he ran. So yes the police could have done his job more professionally and thing of his actions but like wise the young man.they’re both to blame. And you see the hypocrites that always come out and say he was a good boy it’s time to stop that shit. if the person lived alife of drugs and guns he or she Was a pain to society giving nothing and taking everything.

  25. x.uc
    January 12, 2017 at 3:13 pm Reply

    Come 2 D spiceisle n mess up u will be shot and a good as swooping too take back your streets st.Lucia.

  26. JOJO
    January 13, 2017 at 2:42 pm Reply

    Mary (Idiot) Francis, as you know there are two sides to every story, dead man don’t talk i must also state you are a “Human Rights” activist , Supposedly… how about the innocent Lives that thugs endanger , Including St Lucia’s Bread & Butter, our tourist where are your demands , you sound like a comedian who has run out of Jokes, How about you sit (Words deleted) down and let the police do their Job !

  27. Pissed
    January 14, 2017 at 11:30 am Reply

    Mary teya …..lar. Who the hell are you to demand anything. And in the name of human rights. You’re only heard for a selected few. And they’re never the good ones. Let this matter be investigated thoroughly and the necessary action taken be justified. Stupid woman

  28. #im for against crime
    January 15, 2017 at 10:25 pm Reply

    Hats off to the policeman who did it. Great job

  29. #im for against crime
    January 15, 2017 at 10:27 pm Reply

    So many murders have taken place already not a word from Francis. One police shooting she infront already. The officer needs a promotion

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