A threat has been issued against Saint Lucia police on social media, following the shooting death of a youth this week in Odsan.
The social media threat has prompted a call for law enforcement officers to be on the alert.
The threatening message comes on the heels of the discovery of the body of Benjamin Cyril, 22, of Bois Patat, Castries on Tuesday came after an incident in which law enforcement said some suspects exchanged gunfire with cops.
Police said Cyril has several previous convictions.
They also said reports had been made against him in connection with a number of serious offences including robberies, burglaries, assaults with a firearm, assault upon the person, wounding and threats
Since Cyril’s death an explicit message was posted on social media with the photo of the deceased, issuing a threat to the police while appealing to ‘bad boys’ and gangsters to take on law enforcement.
“Your death will not pass just so,” part of the post said.
The message has been widely shared among law enforcement officers along with an admonition to police officers to remain vigilant.
“I am my brothers and sisters keeper. Let’s fight crime together,” the post urged.
One law enforcement official in noting that the latest threat against the police has to be taken seriously, recalled an incident in February, 2010, in which a police officer was killed during a Friday night shooting incident on the Castries Waterfront.
Corporal Vincent Peters and his partner, Timothy John, were fired upon by an armed bandit when they pulled up at the then National Commercial Bank to make a night deposit.
Although both were armed, Peters was killed on the spot while John was injured.
Owen Jacob Jules, who had previously threatened the police, was killed during the brazen robbery attempt.
Jules has earlier threatened the police on television after cops raided three inner city communities, asserting that not only the police had guns.
The threat had prompted national outrage.
“We have guns too,” he had declared.
According to news reports, although Jules was arrested at the time he was not charged with an offence.
In an interview with HTS News at the time, then Police Commissioner Ausbert Regis explained that the law said any incitement to violence or hatred towards any group is an offence.
But Regis went on to explain that the definition of group did not include law enforcement.
According to HTS, he asked for an amendment to that law.