“… I don’t want no knife, I don’t wanna see blood, I just wanna see love. I don’t know wanna see a brother kill a brother. I wanna see all unite as one and have a family.”
Those are lines from an amateur music video performed in a house by Chakadan Daniel.
The video, which was reportedly shot in Micoud not long before his death in a police station, was first published on Movielink Entertainment’s Facebook page and was also shared on St. Lucia News Online’s Facebook page.
Daniel was found hanging in his cell at the Micoud Police Station on Oct. 23, 2013. An autopsy revealed that he died of asphyxia, a condition of severely deficient supply of oxygen to the body that arises from being unable to breathe normally. However, family members alleged that his death is suspicious, prompting the police to announce that it will leave no stones unturned in their investigation of the incident.
In the video, which is two minutes and 28 seconds, Daniel is shown performing by the doorway of a house.
The Back Street, Micoud resident starts out by singing: “It’s been a very long time I have been searching for what’s mine. Looking for this girl, I gotta find this girl, this very, very, very, very, special girl. And when I get this girl my love is gonna flow on and on and on.”
He then begins to rap at 1:22 minutes: “Every day I pray to God that I live my life on the side. I don’t want no knife, I don’t wanna see blood, I just wanna see love. I don’t know wanna see a brother kill a brother. I wanna see all unite as one and have a family. Every day I pray to God that I see the money, I could see the sunshine, I could the see the breeze, I could see the cloud so I pray to God I live. Living on the side, live in paradise.”
Daniel’s death has sparked outrage from some friends and family, who believe the youth was murdered by police.
A police press release issued the same day of the incident stated that Daniel, who was a prisoner in custody at the Micoud Police Station, was discovered hanging in his cell on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7:40 am.
“Dr. Daniel, district medical officer for the Micoud region, was immediately summoned to the scene and pronounced Daniel dead,” police said.
“Daniel was arrested Monday on warrants for escaping lawful custody, assaulting a police officer and damage to property. He was scheduled to make a court appearance at the Second District Court in Dennery today (Oct. 23). The matter is currently under investigation,” the press release added.
At a press briefing on Oct. 28, Assistant Commissioner of Police Frances Henry said she is aware of the police cover-up allegations but noted that it is premature to make a determination on the case before the completion of the investigation.
Henry promised that the police will do all in its power to get to the bottom of the matter, saying the police “treats every allegation as information”.
“Based on what is obtained in the public, we investigate these allegations. At some point there will be a determination as to our findings,” she said.
Henry explained: “The one thing I do know is that there is a lot of suspicion and they’ve been lot of aspersions meted out at the police in lieu of always an attempt to cover up, and that are some of the suggestions that are coming out. However, we are a department which of course, we do have professional standards like any other department.
“We have a lot of ethical considerations that we use, and of course a death occurring once is one too many so we would want to get to the bottom of this matter. We are sparing no effort and to ensure that this matter is done to completion where we can actually send it to the powers that be and that is the Office of the DPP to direct as to how this matter is going to be done.”
Henry said a post mortem examination was conducted by Pathologist Dr. Stephen King in the presence of a doctor representing the deceased’s family. At the press briefing, Henry did not disclose any other result of the post mortem.
Henry said the police force has reached out to Daniel’s family and have promised they will do all they can to solve the matter.
“One of the things I would like to indicate is that the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, we have extended our condolences to the members of the family. Of course it is a grave concern to the police department. A death has occurred within our walls as it is and as a consequence we will be pursuing this matter very vigorously because as with even the members of the public, we too would want to see that this matter be dealt with,” she added.