IMPACS report now having its repercussions? Mayers believes so

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IMPACS report now having its repercussions? Mayers believes so
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Mayers * Photo credit: St. Lucia Star

Former National Security Minister Guy Mayers believes the prime minister’s address on the Jamaican investigator’s report has “demoralised” the Royal Saint Police Force (RSLPF) and may now be affecting how officers fight crime.

On March 8, 2015, in a 27-minute address to the nation, Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony released what he called the “main findings” of an independent investigation into the alleged 2009-2011 extra-judicial killings by the RSLPF. The report alleged that the force worked from a “black list or death list” of persons deemed criminals and officers staged all shooting-death sites to legitimise their actions.

The investigation was conducted by a team of eight investigators from the Jamaican Constabulary Force. The St. Lucia government secured their services through the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS).

Mayers said Dr. Anthony should not have released anything in the report.

“I think the prime minister’s approach to handling the IMPACS report was totally irresponsible and that kind of irresponsible behaviour on behalf of the prime minister, I think is having its repercussions,” Mayers told HTS.

“I said before, that the way he handled it to me was improper. The prime minister’s speech should take no more than two minutes, and if he felt that there were damaging things in the report, his responsibility was to hand the report to the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions), and he could have said so without the points in the report that he highlighted.”

Mayers further stated: “We noticed that based on the things that he said, it has caused the police force to be demoralised. And how in the world the same police that you accuse of all sorts of stuff are going to feel empowered to really go out there and put themselves on the line? The same persons who have to now go out there and deal with the few criminals who are causing so much disturbance in the country. And so we need to be very careful. I have always said that from day one that we should not politicise crime.”

The alleged extra-judicial killings by police officers were carried during “Operation Restore Confidence” – an initiative then Prime Minister Stephenson King announced on May 30, 2010 in an address to the nation.

The police operation was in response to an unprecedented wave of homicides and violent crimes between 2008 and 2010, particularly in the northern half of the island.

Between 2010 and 2011, 12 persons were killed during encounters with officers of the Royal St Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).

The United States (US), citing human rights concerns, took action against the St. Lucia police force and the government, ceasing all financial and technical assistance to the St. Lucia Coast Guard, banned the Government of St. Lucia from purchasing ammunition from the US for its American-made weapons.

Other consequences included revoking the visa of the former Deputy Commissioner of Police, Moses Charles, who led the special task force during Operation Restore Confidence and denying Commissioner of Police, Vernon Francois, entry to the US, even to attend security meetings with officials of the US.

As a result, the St. Lucia government enlisted the services of the Jamaican through IMPACS to investigate the police killings. Prime Minister Anthony described the report of the investigators as “extremely damning” and “brings home the extreme gravity of this matter”.

Meanwhile, there have been four homicides in five days in Castries, particularly on Chaussee Road.

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  1. So they can kill but should not be killed. A list of 45 persons in order to restore peace and safety to once sweet st. Lucia?
    If they are the ones really disturbing the peace... incarcerate them and if they get killed in the process the desired results is even better, because they can't teach or influence another to commit crime.
    Let's do whatever it takes to restore PEACE to fair Helen.

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  2. The prime minister had to release such information. St. Lucians need to realize. the police must do their job right... protecting the innocent does not mean killing the gangsters... there are several ways to control crime

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  3. Blame Rigobert, TI- Chas, Mary, and others in your party for demanding the revelation of the report.

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  4. Kenny can be blamed for many things - but I don't see how him giving a summary of what is in the report has caused the police to lose morale.

    Stop the nonsense, the Police are going to have to put their hands up as well.

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  5. The PM in the first case was the one to bring the US here to investigate when he was in opposition. If you listen to Rick you would have also learnt that Kenny had his squad first and what Stephenson king mentioned was a TASK FORCE. I am not playing political games just giving some facts next thing the HACKS attack me.

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  6. Mayers, St. Lucia can do better without the likes of you who are also a cancer to this nation.

    If you cared about this nation ( like you are claiming, ) you would understand that we are all traumatized by the recent spate of killings.
    And that we do not need an OLD MAN like you, with NO VISION further compounding it any-way.

    Go away Old Man!!!

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  7. Mayers, St. Lucia can do better without the likes of you who are also a cancer to this nation.

    If you cared about this nation ( like you are claiming, ) you would understand that we are all traumatized by the recent spate of killings.
    And that we do not need an OLD MAN like you, with NO VISION further compounding it

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  8. The crow. Yeah, when they carry out their OBLIGATED duties what do the loud-mouthed people on television say? POLICE BRUTALITY. So now let the criminals have the streets and run the country amok. The loud-mouths are now silent because they are happy!

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  9. BY THE WAY MR. MYERS, WHICH IS MORE DEMORALIZING, TO DISCLOSE THE PARTIAL CONTENTS OF THE IMPACS REPORT , THE FINDINGS OF WHICH DOES NOT SIT WELL WITH WITH THE UWP; OR

    TO HAVE OUR POLICE OFFICERS DEBARRED FROM PARTICIPATING IN ANY US FUNDED WORKSHOPS OR SEMINARS THAT CAN GREATLY INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY IN THE POLICE FORCE , INCREASE KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNIQUES IN COMMUNITY POLIICING AND ULTIMATELY ACQUIRE INCREASED KNOWLEDGE IN THE PROCESS FOR SELF DEVELOPMENT?

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  10. The PM. has no emotional intelligence or EQ. He has never had any. He will never have any. And you don't get any of that necessary management tool simply by just studying law books. Commonsense is not on the curriculum.

    Look at the litany of failures in EQ, beyond the latest with the IMPACTS REPORT:
    1. Marching for the 15% increase with the civil servants, and then the sophistry of saying it was promised, therefore it should be done, without a thought on if you win the elections with that political stunt, you yourself will have to deal with its impacts on the economy. Therefore, we got the VAT.
    2. Forcing the civil servants to take a wage settlement increase, and ten a year or so later, asking them to give back with a five percent wage/salary cut, more than the increase you forced on them
    3. Failing to see that the creation of a new company would commit Saint Lucia to a ridiculous arrangement which led us to lose some $45 million with Frenwell. Our deep national tolerance for crass stupidity is amazing!
    4. Failing to safeguard the patrimony of Saint Lucians, in another dumb financial arrangement, giving control of unencumbered lands in Black Bay, incurring a loss of $86 million in value. We could have secured our patrimony with a simple lease arrangement, to hold the title. We lost everything.
    5. Engaging in an unconstitutional and thus illegal arrogant behind the scenes deal, with a potential upcoming elections political candidate and an international three-card trickster, by-passing the authority of the Queen's representative, with a potential $500 million in legal damages pus litigation fees not yet determined.

    Such a litany and track record of failure would not, and could not exist in the private sector. We live with this kind of nonsense every day the such people dominate our political lives. There is no end in sight. Therefore, the future is bleak. The charade continues.

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  11. The rise in shootings is because these criminals think that they can get away with it now, and I think that has a lot to do with the Prime minister's tone. Some of you might recall that same person begging the criminals to give citizens a chance o enjoy Christmas before he lost the elections. THE UWP NEEDS TO GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER.

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  12. Mr. Myers, as a past POLYTIKcian, as a past MINISTER of HOME AFFAIRS, as a St. Lucian and as one who professed to be a leader at the highest level, I am disappointed in you! You have absolutely no NATIONAL PRIDE! YOU HAVE DEMONSTRATED A VERY HIGH LEVEL OF RECKLESSNESS IN YOUR PRONOUNCEMENTS!

    DID THE PRIME MINISTER ACTUALLY ACCUSED THE POLICE OF WRONGDOING OR WAS HE READING AND INFORMING THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE PARTIAL CONTENTS AND FINDINGS OF A REPORT THAT WAS INVESTIGATED INTO ALLEGED POLICE WRONGDOING?

    WAS AN INVESTIGATION DONE TO DETECT THE PRIME MINISTER'S DNA ON THAT REPORT?

    WERE YOU AND ARE YOU STILL A CARD BEARING MEMBER OF THE UWP, A PARTY WHERE THE LEADER OF THE PARLIAMENTARY OPPOSITION CALLED ON THE SAME PRIME MINISTER TO MAKE THE CONTENTS OF THAT VERY REPORT PUBLIC TO BRING CLOSURE TO THE DARK CLOUDS LOOMING OVER THE POLICE FORCE?

    AS PAST MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS, WERE YOU NOT AWARE OF OPERATION RESTORE CONFIDENCE? AND WERE YOU ALSO PRIVVY TO INFORMATION REGARDING A "BLACK LIST" THAT CHARTED THE EXECUTION OF CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS?

    DID YOU INSTRUCT THE POLICE FORCE UNDER YOUR COMMAND TO EXECUTE THOSE KILLINGS WITHOUT THINKING OF THE REPERCUSSIONS?

    Mr.Myers, whilst the Police have a responsibility to PROTECT AND SERVE, it is also the responsibility of law abiding citizens to work in conjunction with the police to divulge pertinent information they believe will be necessary in apprehending persons involved in criminal activities. IS IT THEREFORE CARTE BLANCHE THAT SOME POLICE OFFICERS TAKE A LIFE REGARDLESS OF "INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY?"

    Mr. Myers, this is St. Lucia that we all love and no doubt citizens of all other countries do love their country. Look what is happening around the world where Police Officers are being charged for MURDER! Take a listen to what is happening around the world and pray tell me if the Police Officers are given a free ride to KILL!

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  13. lets concentrate on repairing our problems not pointing fingers put aside politricks in this time of need how can we undo what is dun andmake our nation safe?/

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  14. So because a report pointed out the wrongs doings of a very corrupt force they refuse to do the job they were sworn to do? That's bullshit! So you mean to tell me they want to do what they want to do, kill innocent people, with no accountability, and not be exposed? I was in support of Operation Restore Confidence, but by no means should it have meant they had to go on a killing spree in which innocent people got killed. They know who the crime bosses are, why not neutralize them?

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  15. MAYERS WHEN YOU WERE THERE YOU DID ANY BETTER? CHOOPS. YOU SEE THE KIND OF THINGS YOU POLITICIANS ARE DOING? THE CRIMINALS HAVE A RIGHT TO GO ABOUT KILLING PEOPLE AND YOU TRYING TI BLAME KENNY. YOU ALL ARE SUCH A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES. YOU ALL THE OPPOSITION WANTED THE REPORT, NOW YOU GET IT IS ANOTHER STORY. WE WILL LET YOU ALL RUN THE COUNTRY BACK, LET ME SEE IF IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH THE CRAP YOU PEOPLE COME ON THE MEDIA AND SAY.

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    • Mayers did better because he spear headed operation restore confidence. he did stop the killings in his time

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  16. I quite agree with you Mr.Mayers.As a result of his bullshit the crime situation is on the rise once more.Kenny loves to play politics and in my opinion he did just that with the impacts report as well as put his friends in positions.Let's see how they will deal with this one.

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  17. The PM has been irresponsible from the day he started leading this country in 1997. Most people are ashamed and some afraid to say it.

    Even Vaughn Lewis in his time was not so. It is all too common for people to be refering to the PM as Kenny and Tony while not taking cognizance of what the implications are. It simply means that the PM has been tardy with the truth at times and mainly unbelievable, therefore untrustworthy. One fact exist that our politcis has never been so much polarized at any given time in our history. Yes, there had been clashes, mainly caused by the SLP, however at no time is there so much hate amongst political rivals. This is what uncertainty and confusion brings, and they are all products of deceitfulness and a people being lead astray.

    This type of behaviour is seen slowly to be leaking within the crevaces of our society. Hate is becoming common place and threats are becoming the order of the day. Do we expect any other behaviour from our chidlren?

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  18. This I seriously doubt. I don't think the release of the report started the shooting. The shooting started because two groups of people don't like each other. Both before and after the report was released, there were shootings. What do you base the shootings/killings prior to the report being released on? Now the report is released, you're saying that's why there's bloodshed again? Nah garcon.

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  19. YOU HAVE NOT LIED MY FRIEND.APPARENTLY OUR PM HAVE NO BALLS AMERICA HAVE THEIR FOOT IN HIS MOUTH.

    WHO NEXT.

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  20. If they are demoralized (the police) and as a result they are not performing their OBLIGATED duties of safeguarding the public, then (it is my opinion) they should be fired.

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