Human rights activist and Attorney-at-law Mary Francis is questioning whether there is a connection between the recent killings and the prime minister’s address on the IMPACS report.
Francis described the situation as a “strange coincidence” and has dismissed suggestions that Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony did the police disservice by going public with aspects of the report.
“It is a very strange coincidence that there was such a lull and suddenly in a matter of a week we have these killings,” she told the local media.
Critics have said the prime minister’s address has demoralised the entire police force. But the human rights activist said the citizenry needed to know the facts.
The alleged extra-judicial killings by police officers were carried during “Operation Restore Confidence” – an initiative then Prime Minister Stephenson King announced on May 30, 2010 in an address to the nation.
The police operation was in response to an unprecedented wave of homicides and violent crimes between 2008 and 2010, particularly in the northern half of the island.
Between 2010 and 2011, 12 persons were killed during encounters with officers of the Royal St Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
The main findings into the extra-judicial killings, confirmed that the RSLPF worked from a “black list or death list” of persons deemed criminals and officers staged all shooting-death sites to legitimise their actions, the prime minister said.
There have been four homicides over the past five days in Castries, particularly on Chaussee Road.