There was pandemonium in Castries as police officers moved to arrest a male individual.
A video recording on social media last week captured some of the bedlam.
In the video, a vocal crowd constantly yells at the officers to release the man’s locks.
And people observe that the man the officers are arresting had also asked the cops let go of his hair.
“Defend yourself,” a man in the crowd shouts more than once to the man the officers were arresting.
The man also urges the individual to “Fight back.”
A woman urges: “Officer, drop the man,” and others echo the admonition.
Some in the crowd use expletives and hurl threats.
A law enforcement official told St Lucia Times police had approached the man because he was not wearing a mask.
But the official explained that the male individual verbally abused the officers.
The official said he resisted when officers moved to arrest him, resulting in one of the officers sustaining injury.
It was only then that an officer grabbed him by his locks, the official stated.
Police have since cautioned members of the public to allow them to do their lawful duties without interference.
The latest admonition came against the backdrop of several similar incidents in the past in which irate members of the public have confronted cops.
A senior law enforcement official told St Lucia Times that there’s an avenue for people who are aggrieved to file a complaint if they believe that police have used excessive force.
But the official made it clear that members of the public should not seek to obstruct police when they are carrying out their duties.
Headline photo: Screen grab from video