Man in viral video charged for insulting police, among other charges

By SNO Staff

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The defendant, centre, grabs the police officer, right, while he is being arrested.

(SNO) — A man in a viral video who is seen cursing with police just before being arrested, has been formally charged, according to reliable sources.

Reports are that the man appeared in court today, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 for charges relating to the incident that occurred over the weekend in Dennery, in which he is accused of insulting and assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. He was reportedly remanded by the magistrate.

According to the laws of St. Lucia, particularly Sections 508, 532, 533, 534 of the Criminal Code,  it’s an offence to insult anyone in public or in any place.

The offences, if convicted, carry a fine of a $1,000.

A law enforcement official told St. Lucia News Online that it’s an offence to spew profane or obscene language and insulting words to the police or anyone in public or in any place. It is also an offence to spew insults in public likely to provoke an assault, as well as insulting gestures, the official added.

“It isn’t just police you can’t insult. In fact, a lot of matters reported to the police are for insulting words,” the official said.

In the Dennery incident that was captured on amateur video and posted on Facebook, a police officer was reportedly attempting to deal with some illegality surrounding a motorbike when the man, who was arrested along, with a few others, started to curse him.

The defendant continued to curse the officer even as the lawman walked back to the police vehicle. The cop eventually returned with at least two other officers, who brandished handguns.

In the video, one of the officers informed the man that he is being arrested for insulting the police officer. A struggle then ensued between the defendant and the three officers who eventually managed to handcuff him and put him in the police vehicle. During this time, a number of men are seen and overheard cursing the officers. They say the man who is being arrested has done nothing wrong.

But that did not deter the officers from carrying out their job.

Another law enforcement source told St. Lucia News Online that while the officer was carrying out his investigation the man who was eventually arrested, was “obstructing and inciting”.

“So he got his day in the cell,” the source said.

Below is the video (pleased be advised that the video contains expletives and may be disturbing to some

 

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24 comments

  1. Coming from the back drop of extra traditional killings, impacs, etc, in my humble view the lawmen were unprofessional in carrying out their duties. It's not what you do but how it's been done. If there were lawmen carrying out a professional investigation then I am certain the outcome would have been different. If lawmen continue to be unprofessional in carrying out their duties then we already know where we are headed.

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  2. What was the police officer charged with? The rule of Law don't apply to the police officers conduct?

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  3. Oh my god, first of all, they don't have any respect for the police, when someone is being arrested, the public should not interfere with the police they are doing their jobs. If and when he goes to court he can he heard.The public was clearly interfering with the arrest, all of them should have been arrested. In my opinion the police express great patience. Guns in hand and they are chearing on the person being arrested,insted of telling him to relax. This could never happen in the USA.

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    • Law Abiding Citizen

      Coming from the back drop of extra traditional killings, impacs, etc, in my humble view the lawmen acted very unprofessional in carrying out their duties. It is not what you do but how you do it. If the lawmen were carrying out a professional investigation I am certain the outcome would have been different. If lawmen continue to act unprofessional in carrying out their duties then I'm certain we already know where we are headed

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  4. Oh my god, first of all, they don't have any respect for the police, when someone is being arrested, the public should not interfere with the police they are doing their jobs. If and when he goes to court he can he heard.The public was clearly interfering with the arrest, all of them should have been arrested. In my opinion the police express great patience. Guns in hand and they are chearing on the person being arrested,insted of telling him to relax. This could never happen in the USA.

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  5. He was making threats like a bad man and he couldn't take the arrest like a badman

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  6. I just don't know. Lord I ask that you help my country and my people. Help us all Lord to know that you are God and you are in control.

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  7. That is a disgrace, St Lucia has lost a lot of respect in my eyes. Officers are there to up hold the law and yet all this profanity .The island of St Lucia may still remain beautiful but the Lucian attitude is tarnishing that beauty. Everything is all about violence. I would have thrown them all in jail. Such a shame as grown adults.

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  8. you all like to record to much....it right!!!!

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  9. A hundred officers should have descended and put that whole village in jail. I don't know since when Dennery turn into a ghetto.

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  10. The police knew about the motorcycle cause he was there to collect goods from the same boat which brought the motorcycle down with the same vehicle in the video. Government vehicle involved in illegal activities. That’s why the guys behaved the way they did. Who will gaurd the guards.

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  11. All the talk they talking the guy still go arrested and charged. Choops Allu datz de makoo mere. LMAO

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  12. Arrest is being made and b4 even confronting the man police officer already has his firearm in hand ...tanto tanto ...the law is the law and police officers r not the law they r there to uphold it so if they cannot take n insult hope they choose not to dish it out only hope that it ended there n he wasn't beaten in the cell or on the wat there

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    • Your weapon would be in your hand to if u had to face an aggressive crowd who seems to have no respect or fear of being arrested ! What did they say when the first officer left? They have to leave dennery. Sound like a threat to me

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  13. law needs to change what hppens now when the police swear this is nonsense

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  14. BULL shit that law nees to change and why didnt they arrest the other guys yallling in yall mother count uh SMFH

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    • If it is being shouted in a crowd how do u know who said it. However this one guy actually followed the officer as he tried to leave hurling threats and insults. He thought he was the baddest man well now his ass in prison

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  15. Okay good job 👏🏾 officers ....now I hope the law goes both ways because the cops be slapping people telling them whatever they want ..I just hope that when someone try's to bring the cops to court.that justice is served the same way 🤷🏾‍♂️🤷🏾‍♂️

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  16. That's all he was charged for? Mate lucky gasa. I hope the rest get arrested

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