Citizens call for stronger police presence on Chaussee Road

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Citizens call for stronger police presence on Chaussee Road

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.

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  1. So who's gonna pay for it. It takes money all this not like it have school tax, road tax ect.

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  2. My question is, why would America get involved when the Police force use force to bring crime under control while in the US they have the SWAT team ,ATF, ICE etc...
    who are called in to take care of any crime situation so In my view it is only fair for little St. Lucia to have a crime squad as well, Obama need to be fair on decision making chief!

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  3. Too sad ..where are those killers mothers and family. ? They are shielding them...shame on you. ?.harbouring criminals. Police do whatever it takes to get these good for nothing killiers....I am supporting u on this one .as long as your conscious is clear..

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  4. When will our dear prime minister come out and ask these criminal who has no respect for ppl life to stop those useless killings and that not an amicable way of solving their fute with each other,Some year ago our country was crying a task force was Created in the name of Operations Restore Confidence some menaces to society were dealt with accordingly Dr Anthony who was at the time in opposition made the promise kn pitical platform that as soon as he assumes office as Prime minister he gonna have a private investigation into those alleged unlawful unlawful police killings he addressed the nation on February 8th 2015 that very night gunshots started ringing round the island these trigger happy criminal took it as a go ahead kill police cant do anything to us.Here is the”IMPACT of Impacs”report.That what police officers who risk their lives at all odd hiur sleepless nites living their loves ones behind putting country first when kenny was comfortable sleeping as well as many of us lucians.Its ashame that hard work wasn’t rewarded.Mary francis where are you human rights come out and say something come out on Television you and dear prime minister and ask for peace in this land while our religious leaders and citizens ask for these useless killings

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    • The first person to come out of hiding should the prime Minister and address the nation on the crime surge but when you chastise you police force for taking a direct order from a prior Commander in Chief(king) your decisions are ridiculously absurd. Your police force are your right hand men and you should NEVER intimidate nor damage their morale. My recommendation is that you reinstate Mr. Francois to the role of Commissioner, right now their hands are tied, they cannot use force because America will call foul so what will you do Mr.PM?

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  5. there always have about 8 policemen walkin on the chaussee and weh were they this mornin i say police polititian badboys all involve

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  6. The impacts report was ordered by KDA, so he was the investors boss and they put exactly what he asked them to put in the report and that was for two reasons (1) to use it against the previous administration during the election campaign and (2) to get rid of the police commissioner so that he would fulfil an election campaign to make Regis his next Police Commissioner.and by the way he will not approach President Obama because he knows that he and his agents were reporting to the Americans she the UWP was in office. Now he is in the hot seat he is hiding.

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  7. What I don't understand how there could be so many killings on the same streets from the first shooting the cops should have been patroling the streets four shootings almost the same area that is BS I think the cops themselves are scared what's about the bad boys in the SSU they should have them patroling the areas that is so sad

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  8. Do like Jamaica. Implement an Eradication Squad. Those that are crying police brutality it was just a matter of time for them to call police for survival. You can,t have a bunch of thugs perpetrating violence in a civil society and allow this shit to go on. This is total madness.

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  9. THE POLICE NEED THEIR OWN TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM WITH WALKIE TALKIES TO QUICKLY CONVERGE ON SUSPECTS. IF THEY CONTINUE TO RELY ON CAMERAS,MOBILE PHONES AND LANDLINES THEN THE CRIMINALS WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE UPPER HAND.

    https://www.stlucianewsonline.com/deficiencies-in-the-police-communications-network-letter-to-the-editor/

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  10. ORC shud b put into effect again, but i doubt u det this government it will.. Thw shootinga on the chaisee targeted older ppl.. So close to the graveyard and so close to the slumps.. Dat back road that leads graveyard to the slumpz.. Dats their getaway.. And ik ppl saw who killed theae men, just afraid to come forward ..

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  11. My popos don't get yourselves shot for an ungrateful country. Just do your job the right way, self preservation.....ok popo.

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    • Afganistan Lybia Jamamia no St Lucia. You have been away too long my friend way too long

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  12. Afganistan, Lybia, Iraq, Jamaica now St.Lucia. Very impressive, this is american foriegn policy at work.

    We need stronger leaders in the caribbean. KDA you sold your soul and SLU secuity to be PM one more time, how selfish you are?

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  13. That's the change u all ask for so Lucians take it .No jobs for more crime that's jobs jobs jobs

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  14. Police or government. Can't stop. Crime stop being stupid u w p was in power. More killings police kill sum crimitnals people was still being gun dwn the point is crime is always there we. Cant stop it

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  15. Police you guys need to have an intelligence force on the ground and on buildings in plain clothes with your walkie talkie to gather intelligence on Chaussee Road.

    NOW IF YOU HAPPEN TO SEE ANYONE OF THESE LOW LIFE STUPID BOYS, BRANDISHING A WEAPON, KILL THAT COLD !!

    END OF STORY !! THAT'S HOW YOU TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS WITH IN THE CONFINES OF THE LAW.

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