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.