Marchand violence blamed on “troublesome individuals”

The National Security Minister Hermangild Francis has said some victims from the recent upsurge in gun violence in Marchand are “troublesome individuals” who are known to the police.

Senator Francis blamed the violence on “reprisals” saying that rival gangs were fighting each other.

Residents say young men from the neighbourhoods of Boulevard, Black Mallet and Arundell Hill, all within the Marchand community, are at war over a scooter.

The crime surge has left at least one person dead and a number of others nursing gunshot wounds.

The National Security Minister said the police was working “very hard” to deal with the situation but needed support from the public.

“What we need from the public is the public assistance. We need the support, the information,” he said. “You need not do the information overtly but you can find a friend, somebody who can pass the information to the police without compromising yourself. If that is done, I think the police will have this situation under hand very quickly.”

Francis said law enforcement was considering all options to deal with the gang violence, including the possible imposition of a curfew.

12 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    May 27, 2017 at 11:47 am

    I was reliable informed the one of the young men went to the police and made a report, about the stolen bike and the police told him to do what he wants about the bike.

  2. Anonymous
    May 27, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    That’s a lie. period. Don’t say what you never heard .thou shall not Bear faults whiteness against thy na bour.

  3. Anonymous
    May 27, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Learn how to spell before you quote the bible idiot.

  4. Anonymous
    May 27, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    There is a big gap between the rich and the poor most people have to work 12 hours at 4:00 and hour for big security companies and the goverment is not doing anything about how people. Get paid no one should work for less than ten dollars an hour while the capitalist crooks pocket all the money

  5. Anonymous
    May 27, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    So true

  6. Society
    May 27, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    That’s the best you can do ..curfew..what about good police community work…curfew….thats a military way of controlling a population..but I guess that what the police force was train to do. I hope the curfew goes for Rodney bay ..cause as far as I know there are crimes their too..mr.minister..your police force is a failure..and that’s the trurh.

  7. Vel
    May 27, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    That idiot is a square peg in a round hole…he has no idea what he is doing. #idiot

    1. James Leblanc
      May 28, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      “Troublesome people”? Let’s all be honest with each other on this oversimplification. Such a term might be used to describe, ‘back in the day’ when the Minister grew up, truants that threw stones and broke streetlights.

      The Minister perhaps needs to better understand that times have changed. A lot. Everywhere. Both here and worldwide.

      Bold leadership could be taken by the Government in the establishment of a Public Safety Agenda, that being a multi-point, phased plan of action to tackle three priority areas of public safety and security, say, perhaps, guns-and-gangs, coastal security (strengthening surveillance and interdiction), and emergency management capability (in light of climate change and increasingly frequent severe weather events)

      Give SSU the mandate and the equipment to have a “Guns and Gangs Unit” with very clear expectations, the men and women of the newly formed Unit knowing that they have the full support of the government and that they will not be hung out to dry doing what they have to do.

      Another idea for the Government to consider is the establishment a toll-free, nationwide “Crimestoppers” type tip/text line that does not subscribe to Caller ID, and that offers a reward on tips that result in conviction. Our nation is small enough that everyone knows something else about someone else.

      The Crimestoppers program has been done with great success in other jurisdictions. It is almost certain that jurisdictions with such a program would very happily share their knowledge and experience with the Government in customizing a made-in-St. Lucia version and provide in-kind assistance in rolling it out.

      These, or similar initiatives would make a clear statement in demonstrating Government leadership in advancing the agenda on taking step-wise action towards improving public safety/security

  8. St. Lucian
    May 28, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Call them what you want Mr. Minister. You can call them troublesome. But if any one of them kill somebody the murder score is one and not a half.

  9. Anonymous
    May 28, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    This man is void of viable ideas He’s speaking because he needs to speak, and not because he has something worthy to say.

  10. Anonymous
    May 29, 2017 at 8:58 am

    The police knows everything that going on and who did it but always claim there is no evidence. So wtf you want to public to do get you evidence. They can’t go by hear say.

  11. The Crow
    June 28, 2017 at 7:42 am

    This guy is in way above his head. This statement is bereft of sensibility! It is empty! He needs to be removed.

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