The President of the Police Welfare Association (PWA), Travis Chicot, has cautioned members of the public against jumping to conclusions, following accusations of police brutality in the death of a Marisule male.
Saint Lucia Police said this week that the cause of death of 33 year old Ali Smith was not consistent with physical violence.
Smith died on April 13, 2019 about 7:35 a.m .
He is alleged to have been beaten by the police during the first week of March.
Relatives of the deceased claimed that he was falsely accused of stealing a motor vehicle.
But according to a police statement earlier this week, the post mortem result states that Smith died from ‘left cerebral infarction due to Secondary Polycythemia as a result of COPD.
On the basis of the post mortem results, PWA President, Travis Chicot, told MBC Television that it was important to clear the image of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
“I have noticed a number of persons posting the officer’s picture – the alleged persons that they would have suspected and making a number of comments,” Chicot told the television channel.
He declared that the PWA would support the officer in taking action against those persons who posted his photo on social media.
“However, we still believe an investigation should be carried out in the matter. I do not have total details in terms of what would have transpired at the place, but we believe that persons must be very careful, especially when you hear allegations against police officers. Persons are very quick to jump and point fingers or to start the name calling when it pertains to police officers,” Chicot explained.
“I would call for an investigation into the matter as it pertains to whether or not the allegations of the abuse – whether it is true or not; but I support the officers at this point in terms of taking the necessary action against the persons who would have deemed them as criminals or murderers or what not,” the PWA President told MBC Television.
“So this is where as a welfare association we will throw our support with out police officers and ensure that they themselves can receive justice as it pertains to persons creating issues of libel against them,” he asserted.