The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force is once again under public scrutiny after a video of a man being beaten by an individual dressed in military uniform normally used by the Force’s Special Services Unit surfaces on social media. SEE VIDEO BELOW ARTICLE
According to reports, the incident occurred Wednesday morning in Vieux Fort.
In the 10-second video, a man on his knees with his hands handcuffed behind him is surrounded by three males — two dressed in military fatigues and the other in normal police uniform.
One of the individuals dressed in military uniform lashes the man in his back three times with what appears to be a cutlass while repeatedly saying “what you doing with that?”
Based on reports, the man being beaten was allegedly caught with the deadly weapon.
“Because he had a cutlass on him he’s a bad man,” one source told St. Lucia News Online. “The officers just pull and started to beat him. I just know he did nothing.”
The police have been criticised harshly on social media since the video appeared on social media.
“Where’s the justice in this. Why are officers assaulting people whilst in handcuffed,” one person told St. Lucia News Online in an email.
Another person told us: “Police are responsible for maintaining public order and safety, enforcing the law, and preventing, detecting, and investigating criminal activities. What is going on here? Is this officer responsible for carrying out justice too??? Was the guy in handcuffs posing a threat to the officer?”
The video called ‘Police brutality in vfort today’ has been uploaded to Youtube. See below: