The mother of Arnold Joseph says watching the news about the death of George Floyd brings back painful memories of the murder of her own son by Saint Lucia police.
“I do not have any answers about why my son got killed,” Joanna Joseph said in a voice note posted on social media Friday.
She said she has no answers as to what made the police follow the car in which her teenage son and two other males were travelling on the night of May 22, 2019.
According to the police, a ‘suspicious’ vehicle in Castries failed to stop when ordered to do so.
The law enforcement officers said during an attempt to apprehend the individuals, one person was fatally shot, a second was injured and a third uninjured male was arrested.
Arnold Joseph, a student of the Entrepot Secondary School, was 17 years old when he died.
Joanna Joseph disclosed that watching the news of George Floyd’s death in the United States has been very painful for her.
“I start to get some nightmares just thinking ‘My God, how was my son feeling on that night when he got shot, when he got ignored with all that pain he was suffering on the ground?” The mother explained.
“One of the police officers had the audacity to put their feet on him and kicked him just to see if he was okay – not paying any attention to him and giving him medical attention,” Joanna stated.
She noted that people in Saint Lucia have been using her son’s name in their cries for justice.
Joanna expressed gratitude to people who have supported her.
“People are protesting and people are marching and people are seeking justice and it’s happening tight here in our little Island, our little Saint Lucia and we are so silent and we cannot speak,” she declared.
Joanna called on Saint Lucians to join her in solidarity in obtaining justice for the murder of her son by the police.
“We need to put our differences aside and stop judging each other based on what we think we know,” she asserted.
She observed that the police involved in the incident where her son was killed are still on active duty and being paid a salary by the government while her son is dead.
Joanna observed that protests over George Floyd’s death are taking place in the United States.
“But what are we doing in Saint Lucia for justice? ” She inquired, while detailing accounts of others, beside her son, who have been the victims of unsolved killings.