Has the pub­lic per­cep­tion that the Saint Lu­cia Labour Party ad­min­is­tra­tion is soft on crime come home to roost?

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By

Lu­cia H Best

When the prime min­is­ter of Saint Lu­cia Dr. K.D. An­thony went on na­tional tele­vi­sion in March 2015 to de­liver his long-awaited ad­dress on the find­ings of the IMPACS in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the con­duct of the po­lice dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Re­store Con­fi­dence, the is­land was in the throes of en­joy­ing for three months, a rare respite from homi­cides while gen­er­ally re­ported crime stood at a low level. One would think the prime min­is­ter would have basked in the mo­ment of calm and sta­bil­ity, along with the law­men and cit­i­zens. Clearly the great doc had other plans to dis­turb the peace, as only he can. Ap­par­ently Dr. An­thony’s anatomy had been tin­gling and itch­ing from months of hav­ing the IMPACS re­port in his pos­ses­sion. Amaz­ingly he se­lected that strate­gic mo­ment in time to drop the big­gest bomb­shell of all upon the cops and the na­tion.

Apart from ac­cu­sa­tions and al­le­ga­tions of gross hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions, the ad­dress in­di­cated that, in ef­fect, the law­men had acted du­bi­ously, if not crim­i­nally, dur­ing the ORC ex­er­cise. Im­me­di­ately the Po­lice be­gan to suf­fer the brunt of in­vec­tive from the cri­tique while suf­fer­ing se­vere and un­told dam­age to its image.

The na­tional wheel ground to a halt in awe of the prime min­is­ter’s rev­e­la­tions that dirty cops planted weapons, etc. dur­ing ORC. That ad­dress seemed to strip the po­lice of all pro­fes­sional in­tegrity. It just may have bol­stered the mis­con­cep­tion of crim­i­nals that they can go bravely out there to per­pe­trate crime un­der the full pro­tec­tion of hav­ing their hu­man rights de­fended by the prime min­is­ter him­self.

By April 9, 2015 four men had been shot dead on Chaussee Road, Cas­tries. Had the sleep­ing gi­ant of crim­i­nal­ity that Op­er­a­tion Re­store Con­fi­dence had pre­vi­ously at­tempted to paral­yse reared its ugly heard again? If so, was it be­cause the crim­i­nal­minded felt the po­lice were now es­tranged from gov­ern­men­tal sup­port and there­fore weak­ened in ex­e­cut­ing their man­date?

Fast for­ward to 2016 and that same in­di­vid­ual who com­plained about Op­er­a­tion Re­store Con­fi­dence is him­self con­fronting a crime ma­trix of sex­ual of­fences and other se­ri­ous crimes. As the leader of the coun­try it is his turn to watch his peo­ple suf­fer name­less hor­rors un­der his watch. The na­tion is reel­ing from a shock­ing spate of rapes and other sex­ual of­fences. Now the pub­lic has heard the prime min­is­ter call on the po­lice to work to stem this scourge of crim­i­nal acts.

Does the new top cop, Sev­erin Monch­ery, have the full back­ing and co­op­er­a­tion of the gov­ern­ment to get tough on crime?

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