Wednesday, August 10, 2022

‘Non-Lethal’ Force Used During BCF Unrest – Inmates Treated In Hospital

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Officers used ‘non-lethal’ force to quell a disturbance at the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) Tuesday.

That’s according to law enforcement officials.

The officials said the situation  at the BCF was now under control.

But the Dennery Fire station transported two inmates to hospital.

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About 6.56 pm it transported one inmate to Dennery Hospital and later to the OKEU Hospital.

According to the Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS), the inmate was in stable condition after sustaining ‘facial trauma’.

Emergency personnel also transported another inmate who sustained trauma to his back to St Jude Hospital.

However, a law enforcement official told St Lucia Times that officers used ‘non-lethal’ means..

The official said they used ‘beanbag’ rounds.

A graphic video of a wound on an inmate’s back had appeared on social media.

However, the official explained that because the video recording was a ‘close up’, the ‘bruise’  may have appeared much worse than it actually was.

SLFS spokesman, Damian Jn Baptiste, said the Dennery Fire Station also provided fire-fighting assistance to the BCF.

Jn Baptiste said when they arrived, firefighters saw smoke coming from a prison cell.

But he explained that the firefighters were able to put out the blaze which inmates started.

The fire was in the Bravo unit.

Jn Baptiste disclosed that the inmates used mattresses, clothing and other combustible material.

The remand inmates have been acting up in the past few days.

They have been expressing concern over delays in their trials.

Remand inmates  are also concerned about conditions at the BCF.

They include ‘inadequate’ measures to address a BCF COVID-19 outbreak.

Inmates this week live streamed their concerns via Facebook and issued threats to BCF officials.

Some even posed on social media with make shift weapons.

A senior law enforcement official said the problem began when inmates refused to re-enter their cells.

As a result, BCF requested the assistance of the SSU.

Headline photo: Protesting inmates (Screen grab from video)

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