Report: St. Lucia’s prime minister Kenny Anthony investigators have issued a report accusing the police force of maintaining a “death list” of people it characterized as criminals and even planted guns at police shooting scenes.
PM Anthony said a “team of Jamaican investigators” looked at the fatal police-involved shooting of 12 people in 2009 and 2011. The investigators found that the shootings were “staged by the police to legitimize their actions.” Guns were also planted at the scene by the officers.
Dr. Anthony explained: “The report confirms that the black list or death list referenced by the media, human rights organisations, victims, families and citizens alike did exist. More alarmingly, the investigators report that all the shootings reviewed were fake encounters staged by the police to legistimise their actions.
“Further, that the weapons supposedly found on the scene of the alleged ‘extra-judicial killings’ were from sources other than the victims. The investigators say the weapons were ‘planted on the scene of the shootings’.
The investigators also advised that ‘a number of shootings were done by police officers and are listed on the murder statistic as being done by unknown assailants’. “Revealingly, the report suggests that ‘the crime problem in St. Lucia is facilitated by corrupt politicians, government officials, business persons and the police officers.’ Source: St. Lucia News Online
The police shootings occurred during the “Operation Restore Confidence” security initiative.