The Police Welfare Association (PWA) has expressed concern over what it says is an absence of public outcry after people pelted cops with bottles and other missiles in Soufriere on Sunday night.
“Up to now there has been no outcry from the public,” laments Stanislas Albert.
Albert is the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the PWA.
“Has it been the other way around, you would have heard everybody crying out against the police,” he asserted.
However, the PWA official said he is happy that the officers did not suffer harm.
But the police have disclosed that the missile throwers damaged a police vehicle.
According to Albert, it is a sad situation when police officers who go on reports now have to abandon their vehicles and ‘run for their lives’.
And he declared that it’s a situation that the police will not tolerate.
Law enforcement officials said Monday that they had arrested about one dozen individuals, including a bar owner.
They made the arrests on the heels of an ultimatum issued by Police Commissioner, Milton Desir.
Desir told a news conference on Monday that those who participated in the Soufriere incident should surrender to the Soufriere police station.
In this regard, he gave a deadline of Tuesday, March 9 at noon.
Desir warned the law breakers not to let police go to get them.
The PRO of the PWA told St Lucia Times that he fully supports the Commissioner’s tough stand.
He said he is hoping that the police will charge those arrested and take them before the courts.
He indicated that had the police been at fault, they would have been hauled before the courts.
“What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander,” Albert asserted.
Police came under attack in Soufriere on Sunday when they went to investigate reports of a ‘carnival like’ activity at a bar in Baron’s Drive.
Officers disclosed that the bar was open at 8.00 pm, one hour after the 7.00 pm curfew time.
They said in addition to arresting the owner of the bar and others, they seized the stock of alcohol at the bar because the proprietor had no liquor licence.
Headline photo: Stanislas Albert