Shots Fired At BCF, Inmates Injured

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Shots were fired Tuesday at Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF), leaving inmates nursing  gunshot wound.

It followed an operation at the facility Tuesday night.

A senior law enforcement official confirmed to St Lucia Times that SSU officers were involved in the operation.

It came after days of agitation by inmates who live streamed a video on Facebook earlier in the day.

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They were protesting conditions at the correctional facility and delays in hearing their cases.

They also expressed concern about inadequate measures to contain a COVID-19 outbreak at the BCF.

The inmates posted several graphic videos on social media on Tuesday.

“They mash up the man spinal cord garcon,” one inmate asserts in one recording of a colleague with a wound in his back.

“Dah is the rubber shot there,” another declares, pointing to the wound that oozes blood.

In another video an inmate removes a blood-stained cloth wrap from his head, revealing a wound to the head.

“See what dem man do us for our rights?” Someone declares off camera.

“Police brutality,” the voice states. “They come and shoot us for our rights – bullets for our rights.”

Law enforcement officials told St Lucia Times that the SSU was called out to help sweep the prison cells.

But the officials said the inmates refused to go into their cells.

It was not immediately clear however, why the shooting started or how many individuals sustained injuries.

But  the authorities are known to be concerned about inmates possessing mobile telephones and other contraband.

Tuesday’s operation at the BCF was in an effort to confiscate those items, one official stated.

There are no further details at this time.

Headline photo: Inmate with head bandage (Screen grab from video)




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