Attorney at Law Mary Francis has welcomed the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in the United States.
A court on Tuesday convicted Chauvin, 45, of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
“It is a bit of a victory,” Mary Francis said of the guilty verdict against Chauvin.
But she made it clear that she is more concerned about what happens in Saint Lucia.
Francis noted that the justice system in the United States moved swiftly to prosecute Derek Chauvin.
“In less than a year, they were able to come out with a verdict,” she told St Lucia Times.
However she noted that some ten years after the slaying of civilians by members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), the matter has not been resolved.
According to an independent report, between 2010 and 2011 RSLPF officers “staged” a dozen shootings.
“The state has taken lives violently and not a word – no resolution, no prosecution,” Mary Francis observed.
“Saint Lucians, while they are standing up for justice in America, what about their own backyard?”
According to Francis, police killings in Saint Lucia have been occurring from ‘time immemorial.’
But she declared that what happened in 2011 was extrajudicial.
“So many people were killed by the state and with impunity,” Francis asserted.
“And the excuse is that ‘Oh, our constitution makes the post of the DPP independent’,” she said.
“Yes, but who is paying the DPP? We the taxpayers. So are we satisfied with the level of justice we are getting from the state?” She asked.
Francis declared that the ‘stain’ of the 2011 police killings is ‘still on us as Saint Lucians’.
She recalled that when she spoke out, others ridiculed her.
And she described Saint Lucia as a hypocritical society.
“We watch what is going on in America and we talk, but right here we say nothing and do nothing,” Francis lamented.