Police Force says LPM’s request filled with errors; denies trying to thwart planned protest

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Police Force says LPM’s request filled with errors; denies trying to thwart planned protest
Cpl. Zachary Hippolyte
Police Public Relations Officer Zachary Hippolyte. Credit: Voice St. Lucia Newspaper.
Police Public Relations Officer Zachary Hippolyte. Credit: Voice St. Lucia Newspaper.

The Royal St. Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) has responded to comments made by Political Leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, regarding the party’s planned protest march.

The force has debunked claims made by Prudent, which suggests that the RSLPF, and by extension the acting Police Commissioner Errol Alexander, is attempting to thwart plans by the party for its planned protest march.

Public Relations Officer of the RSLPF Zachary Hippolyte told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today (September 15) that there were several errors in the LPM’s request.

Despite this, the force decided to acknowledge the letter and responded shortly after, by requesting greater details so that the application can be processed.

Hippolyte said contrary to what Prudent said, the letter did not bear the LPM’s symbol nor did it bear the signature of the party chairman, explaining that anyone could have written the letter.

The police PRO also claims that the application was reviewed by the Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry and not Alexander, as suggested by Prudent.

The acting police chief is said to have been off island, when the letter was received by the force.

To make matters worse, Hippolyte said the LPM said they are organising a public protest, something which the Public Order Act of Saint Lucia 2008 does not make provisions for.

“Section 10/1 provides for public marches and mandates that permission be sought from the Commissioner of Police,” he asserted.

He went on to state that the law also requires that several conditions be met, including a statement of the purpose of the activity, the route, the hours within which the march will be held and estimate.

Hippolyte stated that the police never questioned the legitimacy of the LPM as suggested by Prudent.

The force has since invited the LPM to re-submit its letter.

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  1. the bigger picture '; why do we in a "DEMOCRATIC STATE " need to seek permission for a march ?
    I do recall when Sir John enacted that particular law....SLP was like " we gonna change that it's oppressive etc.. they won a year or 2 latter and did nothing then or now..

    i understand the need to inform the RSLPF ,, but not ask permission ..this is what we should be questioning ,.. regardless of party we support..St Lucia needs to always come first !!!

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  2. That prudent guy is just hungry for power. Who in their right mind would vote for him other than the ppl who think like him. Prudent is it true that you were ever imprisoned in the US? Just a question!

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  3. Imagine these are the people who want to lead the country.Like most politicians lies.This guy sounded so convincing and he was not the one who signed the letter and the request was not even on the party letter head.Shame on you Prudent.

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    • Enlightened yourself. LPM is right when it said the request was on LPM stationary. If u don't care to enlightened your then keep quiet. The fellas have provided proof to backup their claims .

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