“Yes we could die” – Dr. King advocates personal responsibility in addressing crime

“Yes we could die” – Dr. King advocates personal responsibility in addressing crime
Dr. King. Photo credit: http://archive.stlucia.gov.lc/
Dr. King. Photo credit: archive.stlucia.gov.lc.

Independent Senator Dr. Stephen King has implored citizens to stop being afraid to report criminals to the police, even if it means their life could be under threat.

Speaking at a meeting of the Senate on Thursday morning, King said that while persons should hold the police accountable for their work, they should also take personal responsibility to help fight crime on the island.

“[This] also brings me to what the public says. They’re afraid of giving information because of the big bad wolf out there and a maybe leaky police force,” he said, while urging citizens to make use of the Crime Stoppers hotline and other available avenues to provide police with information which could help prevent crimes.

“So I think we need to stop and brainstorm and I think we need the general public to stop and understand we have a responsibility. Be not afraid. Yes we could die. Yes, we could get killed. Yes our families could be hurt, but let me tell you, we must fight the beast now… not when it is too big. It is already very big,” he said.

King went on further to make several suggestions which he believes will enhance crime fighting on the island while in turn helping reduce government expenditure.
Improvements at the forensic lab, prisons, and the police force in general, were among these proposals.

 

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  1. Unless our Justice system is purged and upgraded, there is a higher independent body to investigate police and government officials we will be giving lip service for the next 100 years. The PM came to say that we found ourselves in economic problems by ignoring the problem all the time. When are we going to address the issues of Justice and Police in the country. It is all too obvious that we will start when there is civil war and unrest which is more detrimental than economic hardship.

    Recently there was an altercation between the Minster for Housing and the Police. How was this settled? The Minister calmly called a press conference which he then unknowingly to the press he did cancel. Then Published a statement saying that "It was much ado about nothing." Is that the kind of behavior that we should tolerate when there is an alleged infringement of the law especially when this individual is in public life and have to serve as am example for others? To add insult to injury the press was promised a press conference. What did the Prime Minister do about promises? He was in agreement that the Civil Servants should protest for a promise made to them.

    Is it that we treat some politicians more favorable than others? Well with our double standards that we exhibit it is reflected in our police force, Justice,government and as citizens of this double standard country. Do Whats Right.

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  2. When its nice say it twice. Well said smh:

    ok mr king to begin with most people of your standings has a firearm for protection, u also have loads of money to go to court to get justice, u have friends in high places, u can even go leave in another country if u are in need and if u call the police they will come to yurr aid even before u blink yurr eye so mr king dat is easy for u to say but wats about the average citizen with no money,no job. no weapon, and loads of other stress, are u saying that they should report crime freely? then the badboys get to know and then for them to harrass your life? awa
    mr king> them police talkin to much u know and i know . my sugestion is to tell u about the crime and then you will inform the police how about dat.

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  3. Mr.King you should first set the example....u did all the """Toxicology Test"" on all the Police killings why u never came out and tell the ..St.Lucia Public...certain killings was definitely Police misused of Force...cause the evidence are clear to u...

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  4. Most people don't go to their Police cause they been a victim of police brutality or witness police brutality on a wide scale....to much of the Bully Policing....is now they wanna talk "Invention" after they USA put restrictions on them... but their still have a long way to go........Mr.King you living in your... Ivory Towers and can support and your family on your wealth.....you tell poor people who is the most vulnerable to crime in society ....guess enough people not dieing for you...

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  5. The only way most crimes will b curbed is if most citizens stop shielding family an friends when they do crimes against others, coz it's d 2 face crap that happens when ur family gets hurt or killed by a criminal u want some body 2 tell u who did d crime,But it's not OK when is ur family member or ur friend that's d criminal u want 2 shield them now, that's where most of d problems 4 keeping some crimes down.

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  6. As usual, Dr. King is on point. He is simply highlighting the obvious that citizens have a role in their society. Back in the day it was called civics. I also understand some of our writers point of view. Great harm can come to everyday people who report the criminals...thanks to loose lip police officers.

    Until police administrators shroud emergency dial line calling, issue alphanumeric codes for rewarded tips and add secrecy features to its operations; it will continue to be hard to get volunteer callers.Another way to combat leakage of information is issue security clearances based on need to know. Employees violating security procedures would face lengthy prison time...just like it is done everywhere else. Employees seeking information out of their compartment should be reported to an intelligence office...Standard Operating Procedure.

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  7. ok mr king to begin with most people of your standings has a firearm for protection, u also have loads of money to go to court to get justice, u have friends in high places, u can even go leave in another country if u are in need and if u call the police they will come to yurr aid even before u blink yurr eye so mr king dat is easy for u to say but wats about the average citizen with no money,no job. no weapon, and loads of other stress, are u saying that they should report crime freely? then the badboys get to know and then for them to harrass your life? awa
    mr king> them police talkin to much u know and i know . my sugestion is to tell u about the crime and then you will inform the police how about dat.

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  8. An independent like me! Only independents can see clearly and we must listen to this man...he makes sense.

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  9. Yes is true ,but is the dirty cops are the ones putting the lives of the concerned citizen on the line .to mush #dirtycops#

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