A Castries woman has filed a formal complaint alleging that law enforcement officers brutalised the father of her children.
Police say they are aware of the complaint and are investigating.
Nasha Louis relates that the father of her children, Augustin Pelage, went out with some friends on Friday.
“Early in the morning on their way home they were approached by a police vehicle escorted by one driver who was a police officer,” Louis told St Lucia Times.
“The other one was identified as a police officer and the third one was a security guard,” she said.
According to the account she related, the men were drinking and were not in uniform.
She said the men summoned Pelage.
“They said ‘Ras come!’ He came to hear what they had to say,” Louis related.
She said the men pushed the father of her children into the vehicle and started punching him near the Teachers Credit Union.
“I think the security guard took a bottle and lash him twice in his scalp. He had a shades on his eyes – I think he got a punch in his eye and it damaged his eye, so he had to undergo a surgery in his eye and he had some stitches by his head,” Louis said.
She told St Lucia Times that Pelage lost a lot of blood, some of which stained his clothing which she had to wash.
“I made it my duty to go to( the Police) Complaints (Commission)and follow protocol and I am really happy that the media is coming forth and persons are coming to the table and coming to find out, because they cannot believe that police officers actually did that, so they are coming out and assisting me and ensuring that justice is served,” Louis stated.
She said Pelage was still hospitalised Wednesday and she was unsure when he would be released.
Louis said she is only able to identify the security guard.
“But from what I heard from my kids’ father yesterday afternoon after going to see him is that two officers who saw Choice News – they came in to see him; they took their own complaint, exchanged numbers and they said that the two officers came in and identified themselves,” she explained.
Louis said she is ensuring that she does her part in following protocol.
He said Pelage is recovering.
“From the pictuires – those people; they look like animals. There’s no reason to do that. There was no questioning; there was no ‘Okay, come to the station’ if you felt that he did something wrong. It was just a brutal situation and I am getting tired of hearing that on TV from the Vieux Fort drivers – from different persons, ” Louis lamented.
She expressed the view that officers who brutalise citizens do not belong in the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
“We need to be able to trust those officers if we have a problem. That’s why we have so many unreported cases,” Louis lamented.
“I believe if we are able to trust those officers, those that are the rotten eggs in the basket need to be removed ,” the Marchand resident declared.
As far as Louis is concerned, the penalty for a police officer who abuses a citizen should be more severe.