Jus­tice and the Royal St. Lucia Po­lice Force

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

ast week in La­borie, in the course of de­fend­ing in court a man on charges of as­sault, Mr. Henry Gi­raudy is­sued the fol­low­ing ad­mo­ni­tion: “When you are your­self the com­plainant, ar­rest­ing and in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, your ob­jec­tiv­ity and cred­i­bil­ity are bound to be in ques­tion.” We at the STAR are for once happy to agree with the chair­man of the in­cum­bent party who, it turns out, is in court quite a show­man. We are also pleased to re­port that Mr. Gi­raudy’s client was cleared by the mag­is­trate Indira Hariprasad.

The cited case brought to mind an­other po­lice-re­lated mat­ter. Sev­eral weeks ago a po­lice­woman com­plained to lo­cal me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives that the deputy po­lice com­mis­sioner An­drew Fred­er­ick had as­saulted her af­ter she dis­obeyed his or­der to re­move her body from a re­stricted area of the po­lice can­teen. In his own re­lated re­port to Com­mis­sioner Cuth­bert Phillips, Fred­er­ick ac­knowl­edged he had at­tempted to eject the fe­male of­fi­cer “by hold­ing her arm.”

Fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion sev­eral charges were made against the com­plain­ing of­fi­cer, among them in­sub­or­di­na­tion and “talk­ing to the press with­out of­fi­cial per­mis­sion.” By all ac­counts no charges have been laid against the ac­cused deputy po­lice com­mis­sioner Fred­er­ick. Does this mean he acted prop­erly when he grabbed the fe­male of­fi­cer and dragged her out of the can­teen? Might he not have taken al­ter­na­tive ac­tion not in­volv­ing phys­i­cal con­tact with his fe­male col­league—who has also claimed there was bad blood be­tween them be­cause she had been in­volved in the ar­rest of his girl­friend’s brother, cur­rently in prison for as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer?

It has for some time bruited about that the of­fi­cer who in­ves­ti­gated the can­teen in­ci­dent is a mem­ber of one of two po­lice fac­tions, one os­ten­si­bly led by the deputy po­lice com­mis­sioner. True or false, such ru­mors are symp­to­matic of the dis­ease that for a long time now has af­flicted the po­lice force. Es­pe­cially in the cir­cum­stances should the po­lice force be per­mit­ted to in­ves­ti­gate it­self? Re­port­edly, the prime min­is­ter has re­ceived the re­port from the Hud­son-Phillips in­quiry into the work­ings of the Royal St. Lucia Po­lice Force. The sooner its rec­om­men­da­tions are im­ple­mented the bet­ter— for the force it­self and for the na­tion that de­pends on it for pro­tec­tion of life and property!

Ed­i­tor’s Note: The more things change. The above by pub­lisher Rick Wayne was first pub­lished in the STAR of 11 June 1988. As for the Hud­son-Phillips In­quiry, based on its rec­om­men­da­tions Com­mis­sioner Cuth­bert Phillips was con­tro­ver­sially

dis­posed of by the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, as were his deputy An­drew Fred­er­ick

and his brother Nor­bert!

A bril­liant lawyer in his time, Henry Gi­raudy served as UWP chair­man un­til his death. It turns out he also was fa­mous for his bit­ing wit that resided

close to ar­ro­gance!

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