Citizens are once again calling on law enforcement officials to beef up security in Castries, particularly on Chaussee Road, given the number of recent shootings there.
It is not clear whether there were any police patrols on Chaussee Road when James Nelson was shot multiple times and killed around 8:30 Thursday morning.
A passerby told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that having recognised that there were several shootings on Chaussee Road, the police should have moved to increase its presence in the area.
Deanna (only name given) said it is highly unacceptable for another shooting to happen on the same street and in the same area, where three other persons were shot and killed.
The woman said people are concerned for their safety and the police should take into consideration that not only is Chaussee Road a commercial area, but children and tourists usually traverse the street.
Deanna told SNO that she believes that CCTV cameras should be installed throughout the street and the police should not only patrol the area, but set up a temporary camp there.
In a loud tone, the woman said that the government must work with the police to ensure that the situation does not get out of control and that no more persons are killed.
Others, who were lined up to witness the body of James Nelson being taken away, said they too believe that police presence in that specific area should be heightened.
A woman commenting on SLAP’s Facebook page said she believes the murders won’t stop, unless the police take drastic measures to get the perpetrators.
“All those who wanted the necks of the police involved in Operation Restore Confidence (ORC) got their wish; they’re either out of the Force or transferred to nondescript paper-pusher roles pending the DPP’s action. So this time around, do not harass the police to ‘do something’. All we can do is depend on our broken and failed judicial system to protect innocent lives. God help us!” she further added.
A male SLAP member said people are scared of walking the streets and questioned what the police and the National Security Minister Victor La Cobiniere are doing to get the situation under control.
Others also suggested that a reward be given for information leading to these gruesome killings.
“Perhaps it’s time to begin offering rewards for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators of these crimes. Enough is enough,” one person said.
Meanwhile, Acting Police Press Officer Zachary Hippolyte has defended his fellow policemen and women, stating that the police does not have “super human power and cannot be everywhere all the time”.
Hippolyte added: “Rest assure, no matter what the situation, we will continue to do our jobs professionally and crackdown on the incidence of violent crime.”
The police spokesman also debunked claims that seek to suggest that the police are not performing at their optimum to address the crime situation, given the revelation of the IMPACS report.
Hippolyte said no one has been questioned nor arrested for the recent shootings.