BCF Officers, Inmates Involved In Brawl

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Saint Lucia’s Director of Corrections, Hilary Herman, has said that there will be an investigation into an incident involving officers and inmates at the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) that was recorded and posted on social media.

“I have seen the video, and we will be looking into the circumstances surrounding this incident,” Herman told St Lucia Times.

“From what I have been told that it was a situation where an inmate spat on an officer,” he disclosed.

The Director of Corrections explained that the BCF officers then went to get the situation under control.

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“I don’t like what I see, but it’s a preliminary judgement. We’re meeting with them tomorrow to find out the details,” Herman explained.

He said that according to information, the incident occurred early on Wednesday afternoon at the Charlie Unit, one of two remand sections at the BCF.

The Director of Corrections said the development had not created any instability at the correctional facility, and the situation there was calm. He told St Lucia Times it was important not to prejudge. “I have to find out the details,” he explained.

The 42-second video posted on social media shows a correctional officer in a confrontation with two inmates. The officer strikes one of the inmates in the lower part of his body with a baton.

At that point, the inmate retaliates by striking out at the officer. Other officers and inmates are in the video, which at one point, features an officer raining blows with a baton, but the blows’ target is not visible in the poor lighting.

According to reports, no one sustained serious injury as a result of the incident at the BCF.

Headline photo: Screen grab from video

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