Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion stands with Cops in Un­law­ful Killing Rul­ing

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

Some of the po­lice al­legedly in­volved in the killings of three of the “Vieux Fort Five” are to chal­lenge the ver­dict by a Coroner’s In­quest. which found on Fri­day May 27 that the three were fa­tally shot by the po­lice and were un­law­fully killed.

Jn Bap­tiste McFar­lene, Mitchel Cadette and Al­lan Lenny Louisy were among the five men who died in May 2011 dur­ing a po­lice op­er­a­tion in Vieux Fort.

The Pres­i­dent of the Po­lice Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion (PWA), Cam­ron Laure, told the Times that the po­lice of­fi­cers in­volved had al­ready ex­pressed their dis­com­fort with the man­ner in which the in­quest was held. Laure said he was aware that the of­fi­cers had writ­ten to the Coroner in­di­cat­ing that they were of the opin­ion that they would not get a fair hear­ing. He re­vealed that their opin­ion was based on pro­nounce­ments made by Prime Min­is­ter Doc­tor Kenny An­thony, ut­ter­ances on the po­lit­i­cal plat­form and re­ports in the me­dia.

“But it has gone through – the ver­dict is in. The guys are not com­fort­able with the con­duct of the in­quest and their in­ten­tions are to chal­lenge the con­duct of the in­quest and the ver­dict some­time in the very near fu­ture,” Laure said.

Ac­cord­ing to him doc­u­ments have al­ready been filed in the High Court and the PWA had met the of­fi­cers and in­di­cated its sup­port.

In ad­di­tion to the ver­dict of three un­law­ful killings, the in­quest re­turned ver­dicts of death by mis­ad­ven­ture and an open ver­dict in the case of the two oth­ers.

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