National Security Minister cautions against identifying officers in IMPACS investigation

The National Security Minister has advised journalists against exposing the identity of the police officers currently being questioned as part of the IMPACS investigation.

Hermangild Francis says the officers have not been charged and could become targets in their communities.

“To go around showing persons pictures who have not even been charged or anything like that is unfair and a very dangerous precedent that is being set. So I want to make an appeal to the press that they refrain from showing the photographs of anybody that the DPP will speak to,” Francis said.

Three officers have been brought in for questioning as the Officer of the Director of Public Prosecutions seeks to bring an end to the IMPACS case amid mounting pressure from the United States and the European Union.

Former Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony had in 2013 commissioned an investigation by the Caribbean Community IMPACS agency into alleged extra judicial killings by members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).

The killings occurred under a special police operation dubbed “operation Restore Confidence” instituted during a period of heightened criminal activity.

In an address to the nation on March 8, 2015 on certain aspects contained in the report, Anthony said, among other things, that the police staged fake encounters and planted evidence in the 12 fatal shootings that took place.

In August 2013, the United States suspended all forms of assistance to the RSLPF, citing allegations of serious human rights violations.

Francis is concerned that publishing images of the officers being questioned in the matter could place their lives in jeopardy.

“A lot of persons are going to be brought in for questioning; some persons who were involved and some people who were not involved. And by showing the photographs of everybody who goes to the DPP is jeopardizing the lives and the safety of the majority of these officers,” he added.

30 Comments

  1. Nobody
    September 22, 2017 at 12:21 pm Reply

    Especially HTS News Force.

    1. Anonymous
      September 22, 2017 at 2:44 pm Reply

      Hts showed a photo of a male figure with hands behind back as an officer was arrested. False news. By the way no officer has been brought in for questioning. Interviews were requested of the officers and cooperated with investigators by willingly going in. Saint Lucia has a special kind of crappy people themselves journalist. They will behave themselves when somebody sue them backed.

      1. Equality4all
        September 23, 2017 at 8:37 am

        Some of you only tends to see that when the shoe is on left foot and it finally reaches home.

    2. Anonymous
      September 23, 2017 at 12:15 am Reply

      Mr Gile sorry to tell but why are you fooling the people the last court case we went to the judge found the police guilty of what they did now you are saying they have not found them guilty why are you trying to cover up for the police officer that why things will always be the same because even the ones we voted for are the ones to blame for such a slow process I will say it like i said it 6 years and 4 months ago the politician’s police me nah trust none bunch of crooked guys in suites and uniforms playing god with people lives

  2. Anonymous
    September 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm Reply

    Just get this thing resolved as soon as possible

  3. DIZZY
    September 22, 2017 at 12:29 pm Reply

    Why r u all afraid for the police? They supposed to think of that b4 they abuse the power of carrying a badge and uniform. Protect and serve not beat and shoot to kill. Some of these officers like to raise their hand on people, and regardless of what it is not in their job description to slap up people and little boys. Some of these police officers joining the force and they don’t even know the law. All they know is that nobody can take their lunch money again. Alot of these police men join the force because they themselves need protection. When they get accepted the feel like gods, and treat people like mud under their boots. Now they afraid they eh want their picture to be shown. Some of them know as they leave the force they going to bed. Don’t mind them.

  4. Hell on Earth
    September 22, 2017 at 12:46 pm Reply

    The nonsense so many innocent people that have been exposed. You’ll afriad to show the dirty cops expose them. What about the innoent families that still crying for their love ones dirty bastards.

  5. Anonymous
    September 22, 2017 at 12:51 pm Reply

    We need our officers now more than ever, to deal with the escalating crime in
    our Country now

  6. Shyne
    September 22, 2017 at 1:02 pm Reply

    Just today I watch 2 traffic police officers beat up and body slam a civilian inside of brawo electronics on high Street in castries. Regardless of if the guy have wrong, right now I give him right and I give the police officers wrong. After they beat up the man they calling for back up. So u should have just not beat the man and call for back up. Beating people is not in these guys job description, so why are they doing that? These police fellas refuse to behave themselves. The public should restore confidence in them police

  7. Choops
    September 22, 2017 at 1:37 pm Reply

    Ull don’t know wht Ull want in Ull modar cxxt. Ull asking for police to protect Ull. Now Ull besting Ull axxx. Thts the same officers Ull calling when Ull need help. The bad boys are good boys and the officers are bad boys.

    1. Anonymous
      September 22, 2017 at 1:59 pm Reply

      I agree with you choops 100% lucians are the worst!! Those dead were they innoccent youll too hypocrite. Wait till youll get youll share then youll will bawl where is the police sur tee

    2. Merciful
      September 22, 2017 at 2:31 pm Reply

      The police is a gang, all for one and one for all. The biggest drug cartel in st lucia is the St Lucia royal police force

      1. NEVER VOTE
        September 22, 2017 at 3:06 pm

        NEVER VOTE

    3. Equality4all
      September 23, 2017 at 8:44 am Reply

      Your irony is decriminating to say the worse cuz there’s good bad guys and bad bad guys and there’s good cop and bad cop.

  8. Upset
    September 22, 2017 at 1:38 pm Reply

    Expose them. They too crooked. Recruit new cops and make sure a thorough investigation is done before they are accepted into the force.

  9. Smh
    September 22, 2017 at 1:43 pm Reply

    I just don’t believe Ull St. Lucians, wht really do Ull want. Check the level of the crime now in St. Lucia. You’ll crying, the police not doing they job. The police did nothing wrong. Get them criminals off the streets, now is something else. U see the reason y the police hv to taste to do their work. They are human beings too, who’s putting their lives at risk for us. They hv families too. Let God judge them, not man. Leave the cops alone. Free them, let them do their job. Serve and Protect. And do whatever it is to protect the ppl of the land.

  10. Anonymous
    September 22, 2017 at 2:19 pm Reply

    Agree with you SMH….. I say let the poloce do their job

  11. Anonymous
    September 22, 2017 at 2:46 pm Reply

    By the way minister, tell what is wrong with the impacs report that we need a third investigation which is now ongoing

  12. B
    September 22, 2017 at 3:23 pm Reply

    Persons who make these foolish Comments are involved in Criminal activity and Drugs .Irrespective of whatever.the police do they Completly wrong .why no comments on the increase of gun Crimes and Rape in St.Lucua .only negative Comments about police. Foolishness

  13. B
    September 22, 2017 at 3:27 pm Reply

    I hope when you all have to make a report you Travel to Jamaica or Cul.de.sac to make your reports and not at CID and Central police Station

  14. Fugitive
    September 22, 2017 at 3:42 pm Reply

    These crocks are running rampant in our country,lawlessness at it’s worse in this place innocent people are frustrated with the so called bad boy’s.but they know what branch they climbing.

  15. Anonymous
    September 22, 2017 at 4:37 pm Reply

    Why they don’t take that impacts report to the cemetery? America and Europe ent helping St Lucia with the crime situation,so why should they come and get involved in our business?all the people opposing the police are the criminals themselves.the traffic officers should really beat some of those drives on the road with the nonsence some of them do.

    1. Anonymous
      September 23, 2017 at 7:38 am Reply

      U must be one

  16. Unknown
    September 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm Reply

    And a lot of these bad boys working for crooked cops that want to get rich, and certain corrupt ministers and corrupt business owners, who is to say that these crooked people in authority r not the ones causing the violence and staging certain crimes? Why do u think that they are under investigation. By the way it was not a bad boy they were beating up at brawo today. It was brawo staff. Anyhow only SUSPECTS go under investigation, just so u know. They under investigation by the US and the European Union. Something must be wrong SOMEWHERE

  17. Anonymous
    September 22, 2017 at 8:49 pm Reply

    That MINISTER IS A BIG CRIMINAL…..SO HE IS TRYING TO PROTECT…HIS BOYS IN THE POLICE FORCE….WHEN .Ù MAKE A REPORT AT THE POLICE STATION…..THEY LOOK AT I AND LIKE ABOUT IT….I SEE IT WITH MY OWN EYES…AND LOOK AROUND AND TELL UÙ WE DON’T HAVE ANY TRANSPORTATION….RIGHT NOW COME BACK TOMOR….IF U MAKE A REPORT ABOUT SOME ONE …TREATING YOUR LIFE….THEY ASKING Ù FOOLISH QUESTIONS…..IF U CALL TO REPORT A BUGLARY….THESE POLICE MEN AND WOMEN TAKE IT FOR A JOKE…WE DON’T HAVE TRANSPORT…..BUT CALL AND TELL HIS A SHIPMENT OF DRUGS JUST COME ….BY MY NEBIOUR HOUSE….O BOY PAY DAY REACH…..Ù SEE THEM COMING WITH SOME BIG GUNS…..SO RIGHT NOW TELL ME….WE ARE NOT SO DUMB ANY MORE…MR MINISTER WE KNOW WAT IS GOING ON IN THIS LITTLE SMELLY ISLAND….SO SHUT …UP MOST OF THE CRIME COMMITED IN THIS ISLAND SOME OF THE BAD BOYS POLICE ….KNOWS WAY IS GOING ON OK….

  18. Anonymous
    September 22, 2017 at 8:52 pm Reply

    So right about that….always looking to blame some one for their mistake….clean up the police force first…and then speak to the public….

  19. Anonymous
    September 23, 2017 at 5:27 am Reply

    Her main Gil has kill and shoot innocent citizens in st Lucia he has blood on his hand I am sure that he is a brother in the evil secret society

  20. Digestive Juice
    September 23, 2017 at 9:00 am Reply

    Well well well! I really do not know where to start. I do not even know where I am. Is this St.Lucia? Wow wow wow! My heart is heavy, my mind is confused. Politicians in St.Lucia are u all for real? Is that the best u all could have done or can do for St.Lucia and its people? Do u guys have a conscience? Is it fair to say that St.Lucia had only two guys with brains and after them no other St.Lucians have brains? Kenny, Chastnet, LA Corbiniere, Green, Stephen and the list can go to infinity, are u guys happy or proud of yourselves? Rick Wayne do u still have a conscience? Has avariciousness consumed ur inner spirit? People pleaase, somebody tell me. Have we failed St.Lucia and our children the future of this Country? Are we becoming or have we become a failed state? Ah wah, Helen u finish and this is my lamentation.

  21. Anonymous
    September 23, 2017 at 11:47 am Reply

    I am in favor of restore confidence, the police and people were fed up of these guys , however I don’t believe that our police force was not dedicated and skillfull enough to find a creative way to work with the judicial to get these guys red handed and lock them up for good throw way the keys even hang them. But if they killed these guys by their hair hands and judgement who is going to set the boundary so they don’t abuse their power as they have done before.

  22. Anonymous
    September 25, 2017 at 2:19 pm Reply

    now impac report.before all that police shooting alot of our families was crying for justice for their families which was killed by the same criminals,the criminals families were laughing and hiding them,now the police find there hiding sport now youall crying for impac report.stop talking go back a few years and tell the people what happening on the street in st.lucia.and look what is happening now same thing,now what you all want to happen now,let they kill each other. ALL POLICE SIT BACK AND LET THEM KILL EACH ORDER AND LET THE JAMACIAN POLICE COME DOWN TO ST.LUCIA AND INVESTIGATE THE CRIMINALS TOO.BULL.there cannot solve their crime but they want to solve st.lucians crime.ST.LUCIANS CHECK YOU ALL SELF

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