Police Officers in a video that has gone viral on social media have been commended for their restraint during an incident at Dennery Sunday morning, when they arrested a man while onlookers questioned their actions.
The controversy appears to have started when a police officer was trying to determine whether a motorbike was legal.
“As we know, we have a problem with bikes coming into Martinique illegally,” Assistant Superintendent of Police, Sean Alexander told St Lucia Times.
Alexander explained that the investigation triggered an incident in which someone who is not a Dennery resident or the owner of the bike, took on the police and started making obscene comments.
He said the man told the police that they would not obtain the bike unless they shot him.
A video recording of the incident showed an agitated crowd at the scene.
“He was not even the owner of the bike. The owner of the bike was calm, complied with all the instructions, produced his documents and the bike was released to the owner,” Alexander told St Lucia Times.
The video recording showed an officer leaving the scene of the agitated crowd and a young man shouting behind him.
The officer then returns with armed backup and they arrest the young mam who puts up some resistance before being placed in handcuffs.
The youth has since been charged with obstructing the police in their duties, using insulting words, resisting arrest and assaulting the police.
The Marc, Bexon resident, has been identified as Kennis Charles, 26.
ASP Alexander, who was recently transferred to Dennery said he was shocked by the reaction of the residents during the incident.
But he explained that he has been told by officers that such a reaction is normally what the law enforcement officials experience when they go out and try to arrest persons in the Dennery area.