Police implicated in Operation Restore Confidence to face prosecution; St. Lucians blamed for U.S. ban

By SNO Staff

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National Security Minister Hermangild Francis (right), and officers (left) in a police vehicle during an operation of ORC in 2011. * DBS and MBC screenshot images

(SNO) — Security Minister Senator Hermangild Francis has confirmed that police officers accused of extrajudicial killings during the 2010/2011 Operation Restore Confidence (ORC) will be prosecuted.

The now-notorious operation was held to contain a crime wave and was led by the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.

Following the operation, members of the force were accused of extrajudicial killings and the United States imposed the Leahy Law on the island. The law isolates foreign security agencies accused of human rights abuses from receiving US-sponsored military assistance.

Francis said the decision was made after he spoke with the United States Undersecretary of Defense and brought up the constraint the Leahy Law had on St. Lucia.

Below, photos of an operation in ORC in 2011. * DBS screenshot images

“I told him everything that the government has done so far to show that we are serious about dealing with those matters,” he told News4orce. “And what I gathered was that the only thing that is going to suffice is that we have prosecution.”

He said the government is now working in dealing with prosecutions in the matter.

The security minister blamed locals for the imposition of the Leahy Law by the US.

Francis

“The Americans were not the ones who came here to find any fact-finding mission or so on,” he stated. “It is us, St. Lucians who actually called and gave information to the American State Department about what was happening, accusing certain ministers of government involving with criminals and police in that whole situation. So, we are the ones who actually put ourselves in that situation, and so we have to work extremely hard to get out of that situation.”

Eleven criminal suspects were allegedly killed by the police during Operation Restore Confidence.

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17 comments

  1. The US has extrajudicial killings every day. There is always some news about a police killing in one state or another and nothing is being done about that, yet big bad america wants to tell St. Lucia what and how to run their affairs. But they dam right because now the person (s) who made the call, or wrote the communique is silent and watching their handiwork unfold. While that is happening St. Lucians busy defending their party.... Nonsense!!!! who the hell defending you....chpz

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  2. Either way the damage has been done, people are going to be prosecuted, people are blaming Kenny and the police but the ones who ordered the killings what about them you not hearing anything about them they are the ones who should be first in line to be prosecuted

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    • I total agree. The Ministers who signed off on the operation have to be prosecuted too. The police didn't just decide on their own. They had to get approval from high up.

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  3. This was the best thing that ever happened for st lucia during those time those gangs killed so many innocent people drive by shootings everywhere! How can we forget 6pm there was not a soul walking the city or rodney bay for fear of getting shot. Our country is so beautiful and did not deserve that.. st Lucians we have to stand up for those officers without them st Lucia would never be the same today! I want to say thank you very much officers for making my country safe and my children safe! I really appreciate it.

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    • i agree with u very much, this was the best thing we had in st.lucia, and no police should be prosecuted, for these killings, the police did their job,a great job, 11 criminal suspects get kill by the police, just listen carefully,( criminal suspects) and want to blame the police, how many people these 11 suspect kill already, well thats 11 of them who will never kill again,

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  4. This was the best thing that ever happened for st lucia during those time those gangs killed so many innocent people drive by shootings everywhere! How can we forget 6pm there was not a soul walking the city or rodney bay for fear of getting shot. Our country is so beautiful and did not deserve that.. st Lucians we have to stand up for those officers without them st Lucia would never be the same today! I want to say thank you very much officers for making my country safe and my children safe! I really appreciate it.

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  5. We have to do what is necessary for our survival. We cannot allow a few to kill the innocent or have them live in fear. The operation achieved it’s goal. It seems a success..Life was peacefull immediately after the so called operation.

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  6. there is no we are the ones who put ourselves in that position. UWP and Guy Myass that put us in this position. I hope Operation Remove Kenny was worth it officers.

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  7. we all know jack shit. should we have remained silent and let the barbarism continue? I f it was kenney bravo Kenny. that kind of shit should never ever be allowed to happen again. whoever alerted the Americans deserve the higest national honours.

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    • One thing is certain, they train you to kiss white man ass real well.

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    • I applaud the decision to prosecute those thugs in uniform. Act professionally, somewhere along the lines they have taken the law into their hands by not respecting the rule of law with regards to due process. As for those who break the law, they should be prosecuted for the criminal acts committed by them.if a criminal opens fire on law enforcement then he should be met with a stronger retaliatory force, in other cases he should be arrested and prosecuted. Always keep in mind that there should be a system of checks and balances with regards to authoritative figures in government. If this is not established, then "we the people" would cease to exist.

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      • Thugs in uniform? Did the ends not justify the means? St. Lucia had the lowest crime rate in the Caribbean after the operation's conclusion. Other nations were actually calling us for advice on getting a handle on their crime situations.

        It's not that simple my friend. The US is dealing with us in a heavy handed way but they are turning a blind eye to Duterte's actions in the Philippines that has basically stamped out crime in that country.

        Singapore had the US telling them about human rights abuses at the hands of the police but the economic stability that it brought paved the way to Singapore being an economic miracle today.

        Shame on the St. Lucian naysayers who saw actual solutions to our crime problems being handled but brought these sanctions on us.

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  8. Chief contacting the American is not a problem if you the police was doing the right thing. Kenny never handled the matter properly and police took matter in their hands to kill people. Simple

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  9. i like how he said "we" and didn't point any fingers. But we all know it was Kenny and his dumb dumbs who contacted the US government.

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    • cuz Kenny and his dumb dumbs did the killings right!

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    • it was the previous administration were the ones who contacted the US government.it is no secret.blame them dont blame the police they were the ones who said the police were killing the citizens of St.lucia.but the failed to mention what was going on in St.Lucia at the time ALMOST EVERY SINGLE DAY SOMEONE WAS BEING MURDERED ,I REMEMBER A CHILD BEING SHOT IN THE STREET BY A STRAY BULLET.OH HOW EASILY WE FORGET.Something had to be done and fast to restore peace and confidence in the police.don't blame the police for US sanctions BLAME KENNY AND COMPANY

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