Police commissioner anxious about closure of probe into alleged extra-judicial killings

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Police commissioner anxious about closure of probe into alleged extra-judicial killings
Police Commissioner Vernon Francois.
Police Commissioner Vernon Francois.

Police Commissioner Vernon Francois wants to see a more speedy closure to investigations into allegations of extra-judicial killings by the members of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force.

Francois, in a Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), article said: “I was hoping that this process would have been completed by now because obviously it’s a cloud over the department and we need to move forward,” Francois said, adding that the original time frame for the investigation had been February this year.

Last year, a team of police investigators from Jamaica visited St. Lucia to conduct an independent probe into alleged extra-judicial killings of 12 persons by local police officers dating back to 2010 through 2012, in an “Operation Restore Confidence,” in which the lawmen are accused of having a Hit List of criminals whom they targeted.

The allegations had resulted in the United States banning local police from benefiting from any initiatives that it funds or organises. The ban is also in effect for Police Commissioner Francois, who could not participate in a Conference of Black Police Officers in the U.S last year.

“I have noticed that what is happening is that you get one thing out of the way and you automatically get into something else. If the desired outcome is not arrived at, you have to do something else.”

“We should not say subsequent to the investigation, let us do something else because we did not get a desired outcome,” Francois told a CMC reporter.

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  1. Sorry SNO, CMC bad job. But SNO you still owe us to holding the Commissioner to clarify this statement. We cannot and we are tired of stars appearing on TV to say nothing. Or is the Commissioner actually telling me that nothing was found in the investigations so they are trying something else? SNO the public would be grateful if you could find out whats going on. We the average citizens do not have this audience or leverage.

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  2. When the Commissioner speaks about "a desired" outcome what exactly is he talking about? I am very disturbed by this statement. Are the results of the report being doctored to suit however? "when you get one thing out of the way it leads to another." What does that mean? I know when people try to change facts of a story then things don't add up so they have to redo the story so that everything will gell together. What exactly is the Commissioner implying or trying to tell us? This is very bad reporting? Where are the questions to the Commissioner to know what exactly he means? This statement doesn't bring any clarity to any intelligent mind as to what is the status of this report...

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  3. I said before and iam saying it again why do we have Jamaican police investigated St. Lucian police offices. These guys are the most brutal offices you can find. when they kill someone its always an over kill why them? why not the Scortland Yard?.......

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  4. I understand the investigators were allowed to look into the Commissioner's computer. I fear this may have caused information to be tainted and compromised National Security. Should have been a NO ENTRY for these people!

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  5. I know a police officer who has shot and killed at least 2 or 3 civilians in his career.
    The RSLPF has never investigated this individual as to those....

    I do have some horrible stories about this guy's killing rampage.

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  6. Such hypocrisy from the Yanks!

    http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/campaigns/abolish-the-death-penalty

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  7. What about you reporting to us about Chaka Dan, and the many others who died while in police custody or at the hands of the police? Give us some closure on those first. Of course I am aware that in some case deadly force has to be used, but give us your justification and a clear, honest report sir.

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