Report on 2009-2011 police killings to be released “in the days ahead” – PM

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Report on 2009-2011 police killings to be released “in the days ahead” – PM


Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony plans to release the findings of an investigation into alleged extra-judicial killings by certain members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), early next month.

In his New Year’s Address on Sunday, the prime minister said “unfortunately” this matter “must be brought to conclusion in the days ahead”.

“I wish to confirm that the Government of Saint Lucia has received the report from the Team of Investigators. I confirm as well that the Cabinet of Ministers is deliberating on the contents and implications of the report. This address is not the occasion to share the findings with you but I intend to do so in a separate address in early February,” he said.

Members of the Force were accused of the extra-judicial killings between 2009 and 2011, during Operation Restore Confidence.

The United States had used the incident to cut back on aid to St. Lucia. In August 2013, the United States officially informed the St. Lucia government that Washington had suspended assistance to the RSLPF, citing human rights violations.

A ban was also placed on all St. Lucian police officers, including its chief Vernon François, who was,  about a year ago, prevented from travelling to the United States to represent regional police commanders at a Conference of Black Police Officers in the United States.

A team of police officials from Jamaica was appointed to investigate the alleged police killings.

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  1. Police kills hardcore criminals and they are investigated and accused. Even after there was a vast decrease in the gang style murder. police kills innocent/helpless mentally ill citizens we say nothing. Are we paying for something in ST Lucia? It had to be someone who reported that to the Americans and they are not reporting now. KARMA is alive.

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  2. Are you telling me that Jamaican cops are
    better than ours? If so why is their crime rate
    so high? Let them put their house in order before they can investigate our cops.Some more
    bad elements need to go.

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  3. Regardless of the outcome, we all know that the world over, more so in developed countries, police killings are very common and very questionable . Verdicts are not changed even when evidence is presented to prove otherwise. Is this systematic ?

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  4. @ Anonymous...... It's sad to pretend like you guys don't know about Police Brutality long before we had high criminal activities.......plus Politicians been robbing the Country for far too long. ...causing all these high level of unemployment and criminal activities.........don't be a hypocrite....Police plus Politicians need to be accountable for their wrong doing just like any one else. .

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  5. The US donot run our country Kenny do not a coward to the US StLucia stand strong though matter what they have more problems on their plates than us .The US is a racist country where white people get away with anything they treat the blacks like shit stand strong Kenny we are an independant country shame on the US

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  6. The US was wrong to ban police officers and the chief from traveling that is so sad .The US has the biggest crimes and dirty white cops what are they talking about so much hatred in the US where white cops donot like black people

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  7. Pest The Good Old USA be lives you are innocent until proven guilty.
    These Officers WHO Gunned Down Those Guys are going to have to say their side of the story. We Have Good Citizen IN All Country, But There Are A Few WHO THINGS That They Are Above The Law And That My Friend Is Unacceptable End Of story.

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  8. The report must have already been tweeted. In a small island where nonsense or corruption prevails, especially like in the police force, it must be with the knowledge of high up in certain places maybe even with some involvement.

    The whole truth will hardly come out and it will be doctored. Too many other people have too much at stake for a clean report to have been released.

    Already we have been hearing nothing from the Justus Minister La Corbs. Been seriously missing in action lately. Well that was the signal that something amiss.

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  9. The whole problem was caused by a soucier. Yes, a soucier painted a picture of their version of "Operation Restore Confidence" to America. Now, St. Lucia's iamge is damaged by the soucier. Who was the soucier? You know who it is, but politics is about half lies and mass ignorance of the facts.

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  10. The US talkin about violation of human rights but lets white crooked cops walk free after killin innocent black ppl. If thats human rights....leave fair helen as she is. Papishow !

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  11. atleast we use our training to fight criminals and not behave like terrorists attacking and killing the innocent! Operation Restore Confidence relieved the nation of well known menaces to society who had little respect for human life and public order

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  12. I seriously did not feel the effect of us on us. We get help elsewhere. Pm must stop being a coward

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  13. So Wtf Yall idiots saying is dt Yall Gv police the right. To jus go round shooting people in the heads,with no questions asked?aye justice shud b served in the right way.you cannot giv justice by murder.THOU SHALL NOT KILL and Yall know it!!

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  14. John, you'll cry when the crime rate increase and people are scared to leave their homes. Wonder if you were affected or attacked by a criminal, that you would still agree 1000%

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  15. @Psst......I agree 1000% with the USA.......them Police been getting away with to much Abuse and killings on the Public for far too long..........Yes am proud of the USA

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  16. Based on a release on SNO according to the commissioner there has been a decrease in crime. Therefore Operation Restore Confidence worked and not having the US aid does not affect us negatively. So tell the US keep their aid and training and give it to guys like Bin Laden whom they trained. Waste of tax payers money.

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