Police Urge Public To Have Faith In Them After Viral Cop Brutality Video

Saint Lucia police have appealed to members of the public to have faith and confidence in them, in the aftermath of a viral video this week of a police officer brutalising a handcuffed suspect.

The appeal was made by Acting Assistant Superintendent of Police Elvis Thomas.

“I want to urge you – the public, to have faith and confidence in us,” he told reporters Thursday.

Thomas disclosed that the high command of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) has condemned the actions of the police officer who was recorded striking the handcuffed suspect with the broad side of a cutlass.

The suspect was on his knees with his hands behind his back.

Two other police officers were visible in the video recording that lasted about 10 seconds.

Thomas stated  that the Police Commissioner and other executive members of the RSLPF have ‘highly condemned’ the behaviour of the officer involved.

Thomas said what was depicted in the video was not a true representation of the police.

He also explained that it did not represent ‘regular practice.’

The police spokesman disclosed that an investigation has been launched into the matter with a senior police officer heading the probe.

“Rest assured that we will do everything that we can to get to the bottom of this,” Thomas declared.

He vowed that the RSLPF will leave no stone un-turned.

“We want to remind all police officers that we will support them whenever they act within the confines of the law,” the senior police officer declared.

But he warned that the RSLPF will not hesitate to take action when cops act contrary to the law.

Thomas revealed that a letter was being prepared by the Office of the Commissioner of Police to instruct the officer involved to proceed immediately on vacation leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

17 COMMENTS

  1. This video should be included in any established training process…should also be a representation of what not to do when one is incapacitated. The training should also include best approaches to police/ public encounters. We need the police to go back on the beat in communities and engaging the the people in a cordial, respectful manner. Taking the high road is usually the best approach. This should be a first test in gaining back the people’s confidence and trust, possibly leading to an engagement the result of which everybody wants…solving the crime issue.

    • “I want to urge you – the public, to have faith and confidence in us.” Faith and confidence in the police? Please!!!! Faith and confidence while treating the public inhumanely and led by Chicot selling out other public servants? With that kind of treatment of persons and with public servants aggrieved that PWA led by Chicot sold them out, how will there ever be trust? It is the same Chicot who showed the police incompetence when in a hurry to support the demolition of a historic building (the former prisons) said that criminals are hiding and securing drugs and stolen items right in the backyard of the police. SMH.

  2. Vacation with pay…Lucky guy,he gets vacation & pay as well as nothing will be done with that so-called investigation so he’s living the life.

  3. WHAT !!!!! VACATION WITH PAY PENDING OUTCOME ?? Bawy I tell you O well I am not surprise not at all this is St Lucia . I have said it before and I will say it again NOTHING WILL BECOME OF THIS ABSOLUTLEY NOTHING

    • these police are following the same systematic structure of white supremacy. we need to start making examples of these unruly civil servants. And trust me, it is a regular practice for police to intimidate and threaten our people. and i don’t want to hear it’s only one bad apple, these guys are a society. Just like Lawyers.

  4. It is their practice, social media is just now exposing them in St. Lucia. The police has been brutalizing people (when they are arrested) for decades in St. Lucia . It is a common practice and he knows it.

  5. What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty? I am sure Mary Francis would agree that it would be an injustice to send the officers on leave without pay. Remember the officers are not on suspension; their are only on vacation leave while the incident is being investigated. The old practice of suspending immediately and sending officers on some percentage of their pay has only accomplished one thing: A big saving at the end. At least on this occasion they are being made to use their vacation days. Think critically, doesn’t this make more sense?

    • There is a similar case in the south west of st. Lucia. It might over five years and that officer is still on vacation leave with pay. Sick force. Police brutality continue. A so called officer was on a bus in that same area. He was verbally abusing a passenger. I had my 3 year old on board. I asked to please cease from using these obscene language on the bus in the presence of the children on board. The so called police office run me down and asked me to get my s….. a……… off the bus and go f…. myself.

  6. I served in the Antigua/Montserrat/Virgin Islands Police Force from March, 1963 to July, 1972.. I was Trained at the RPTC (Regional Police Training Center) Seawell Barbados..This is NOT what the POLICE SERVICE is all about. It is to “PROTECT & SERVE” in addition to this…We all were taught the Principle OBJECTS of the Police Service is to “Protection of lives and Property,the Prevention & detection of Crimes, the Arrest & Pursuits of Offenders, and the PRESERVATION of the Queen’s PEACE.

  7. I think it is time the Government appoint an Independent body, which is not associated in any way with the Police Force to investigate any misconduct by the Force. An investigative body that will not seek to let the Force get away with such behaviour. It is absolutely reprehensible that this kind of treatment of citizens still occurs in the 21st century. Now while I want to believe that this behaviour is in no way representative of the Police Force, it speaks of an approach that has persisted for decades. I call on the Government and the heads of the Police Department that in the interest of human rights, in the interest of better treatment of all citizens, in the interest of better Police relations with the citizenry, and with the goal of having a nation that is forward thinking, to implement the needed training of security personnel in carrying out their duty. Too often a uniform is used to intimidate and to unleash unreasonable behaviour on the public. I, we, the World will be watching…

  8. Faith?? Unbelievable. How is he being punished for his actions? Isn’t by getting paid while on vacation that you all call leave?

  9. This is terrible thing and the whole world is watching. THIS IS ACTUALLY HOW WE WERE TREATED IN THE DAYS Of SLAVERY BY THE WHITE MAN. THIS WHAT NIGHTMARES ARE MADE OF MAKES ME SICK TO MY STOMACH. HAVE CAN A SMALL ISLAND LIKE THIS TREAT ITS FELLOWMAN IN THIS MANNER? NO SHAME. IDIOTS, FOOLS, THESE ARE SOME DISGUSTING COPS. SAME BEHAVIOR LIKE THE COPS IN AMERICA. LOSERS AT WORK. I SPIT ON EVERY COP WITH THIS BEHAVIOR.

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