UPDATE: Police clears the air on Chakadan Daniel march

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UPDATE: Police clears the air on Chakadan Daniel march
Cpl Aniel Innocent, press officer with the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force. * Photo: Voice newspaper
Cpl Aniel Innocent, press officer with the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force. * Photo: Voice newspaper

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) would like to clear the air on a statement made by Mr. Darnley Lebourne on Monday, December 9, 2013 that the RSLPF did not grant permission for the Chakadan Daniel Silent March scheduled for Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

The RSLPF is in receipt of a letter dated December 2, 2013 and received on December 9, 2013 from Mr. Edwin Toussaint, the Chairman of the Chakadan Daniel Planning and Organizing Committee.

The letter in part, informed the Commissioner of Police of the cancellation of the march which was approved for November 25, 2013 – some two weeks later. The letter also indicated that the new date agreed upon by the committee for the march was December 10, 2013.

Mr. Toussaint was informed that the march would have had to be rescheduled due to the late submission of the application and the inability of the organization to secure the necessary manpower and other resources, at such short notice.

Policing such an event requires the redeployment of a significant number of police personnel and resources which have to be drawn from several police stations and departments. The late notice did not allow adequate time for preparation.

The Public Order Act, the authority for allowing such an event, states that any person desirous of having a march should apply for permission at least three days prior to the event. This application clearly did not meet that requirement.

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force would also like to categorically deny Mr. Lebourne’s assertion that the application for the march was denied, since the rescheduling of an event can in no way be equated to a denial.

The new date agreed with Mr. Toussaint for the march is Tuesday, December 17, 2013. The RSLPF wishes the organizers and members of the Chakadan Daniel Committee, a safe and successful event.

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  1. why do we need that clarification? waste of time slu news... why cant we get some info on the allegations surrounding Daniel's death? when will RSLPF answer what person's need answer from wasting my time and d nations likewise

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  2. Some lucians really stupid!!! The RSLPF push the dat back and urll coming on news to say urll eh get permission!!

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  3. What a waste of air and paper time.
    Such incompetence.
    Why can't they update the nation of the all the murders that have taken place for this year.

    Incompetence at best. smfh

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  4. We should be law abiding citizen dats the law end of story Mary Francis must get her facts straight before she come on air and make a
    fool out herself

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  5. If procedures were not followed, why then the march organisers are crying foul? Follow the damn procedure, and do not go on the media casting aspersions on the Police. I support the silent march, and think it is necessary, but I cannot support people who mislead the public

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  6. amen..... well said. And ps its past time this issue goes to rest. For such don't happen to law abiding citizens. Not that i'm condoning the alleged acts of the police but he should not have been incarcerated in the first place.

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  7. In St.Lucia we have people that call themselves leaders but yet they have not one clue of the basic laws of the land.

    These people must now apologize to RSLPF for misinformation to the public and the media about the police did not give them no permission to stage a march!!!!!

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  8. I am glad that the Police see it fit to adhere to proceedure so strictly. Why then can't the same proceedures concerning arrest, bail and bringing to Justice be adhered to in this way?

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