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    Do you give the cops wrong? In this situation.

    Police defend reputation: ‘Cops not assassins!’

    Written By: Jason Sifflet on Mar 1st, 2010

    They’re going to kill that guy. La Lwa (the police or the law) not going to let him go to jail. I bet you he’s dead by Monday morning.” When the news spread that a police officer was shot during an attempted robbery, most people who heard it agreed that the perpetrator was a walking dead man. By the time the prediction was made, police had hastily proven it to be correct.

    Two Friday nights ago, Jacob Owen Jules was allegedly involved in a robbery and shooting incident on the Castries Waterfront which left one policeman dead. Word on the street was that he signed his death warrant the moment he was identified in relation to the Waterfront robbery.


    But if public sentiments about the police are correct, Jules signed his death warrant months ago when he gave a shocking interview in which he seemed to threaten to commit acts of violence against the police.

    “They have guns, we have guns too,” he said in an interview with HTS News last year, while surrounded by masked compatriots. From that moment, friends and compatriots told the STAR, he was a marked man.

    “He knew he was going to die,” one of his friends told the STAR. “He was always talking about how he’s not afraid.”
    Witnesses at the scene of the incident say that Jules was lying on the ground, already wounded by one of the two police officers that he shot, when more officers arrived on the scene.

    “When the other police reach,” said one eyewitness, “they tell the people to clear out and they just walk up to him and boom! Just like that.”

    The sequence of events, according to various witnesses, sparked off with Jules shooting one of the officers. The other officer returned fire, clipping Jules. But Jules, though wounded, was wearing a bulletproof vest and returned fire, wounding the second officer in return. Jules’ wounds prevented him from fleeing the scene, however.

    That’s when a SSU unit on patrol nearby arrived on the scene and put an end to the misery. Now, the St Lucian society is half-relieved, half-terrified by the final outcome and its potential consequences. While many people are consoled by the swift and efficient manner in which a known criminal threat according to some was extinguished, many others worry that the actions of the SSU that night are sending a contradictory message about law and order.

    Jacob Owen Jules was not an acolyte Boy Scout, by any account. He was a known offender and would speak often and openly of his own prodigious propensity for criminal behaviour.

    But the way he died is raising questions about the regard that law enforcers themselves have for the law.
    For example, if Jules was wounded and lying on the ground as witnesses report, then why didn’t the officers arrest him, get him medical help and then put him through the legal process by which justice is done?

    Furthermore, Jules deliberately made himself one of the most famous threats to police safety on the island. Why did the police not have him under surveillance, if only to ensure their own safety?

    The answer, on the street, is that the police have their own way of dealing with things and that way of dealing has not changed since the year of Independence, when SSU bullets perforated the body of an 18-year-old with a record of nothing more serious that theft.

    St Lucia’s police have a long history of committing acts of brutal violence. In 1979, 18-year-old Terry James was almost literally cut in half by police gunfire. He was named as a suspect in the killing of a police officer, but to this day, there is no evidence that Terry James ever did anything worse than steal. A few years later, on National Day, a well-known suspect was shot by police while waiting for his lawyer so he could turn himself in.

    During the 90s, a Castries man with a history of mental illness was shot in back by police in broad daylight. A Bajan man who had spent months chained in solitary confinement was shot in La Clery, not long after his release.

    In every decade of St Lucia’s independent history, police have played a major role in the escalation of violence in the society. To a large extent, the police have been their own worst enemy when it comes to gaining the trust of the public.

    Police public relations officer, Trevor Constantine, when confronted with these issues replied, “That is totally incorrect. We try to do everything in our power within the ambit of the law to bring people to justice.”

    Constantine insisted that police officers do not mirror the thugs that they are employed to stop. He insists that Jules was armed and had already shot two officers when the SSU responded to calls for help. According to the police, Jules was a clear and present danger to the lives of the officers and their reaction was reasonable under the circumstances.

    “If confronted with an armed person using force against us,” Constantine added frankly, “no two ways about it, we will reply with equal force. If you fire at the police, we will return fire. But we are not the habit of shooting people. We’re not assassins. If that were true, a lot of guys would be dead.”

    The argument rings fairly true. But all indications are that the death of Jacob Owen Jules could trigger off increased tensions and a further escalation of violence between police and the ghettos that garrison Castries.

    “Jules was not isolated,” said one person close to the issue of the broadcasting of the clip in which Jules threatened violence against the police. “Obviously he was angry when he did that interview last year. But he only said aloud what other guys had tempered. He was not the only one who felt that way. There are hundreds of others who feel the same in Marchand, in the Graveyard, all around the city.”

    The person, who shall remained unnamed, pointed out that Jules made brazen threats against the police, yet he was able to get a high powered firearm and plan and execute the scheme which ended in the death of one policeman, the wounding of another and of course, his own demise.

    “Why wasn’t he under surveillance? The least they could have done was harass him a little bit – you know, check on him. Stop him in the street. He gave them all the probable cause they needed to stop him and search him anytime they wanted to.”

    The police commissioner answered this question on a local talk show this week, saying that the laws about making threats don’t specifically mention police.

    “But it doesn’t have to mention police,” our source shot back.

    “Threat is a form of assault. They had everything they needed to keep tabs on Jules and they didn’t.”

    Word on the street is that they didn’t want to.

    Whether or not it is true, the police are now victims of the maxim “perception is reality” and the perception is that some police officers were waiting for any opportunity to confront Jules and pay him back for last year’s threats, measure for measure.

    We await word from authorities as to what direction this particular episode will take!

    Police defend reputation: ?Cops not assassins!? | St. Lucia STAR
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    Yuh kill one of my boys... after i think yuh dead i spraying some more m16 shots in yuh ass to make sure yuh gone.


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    Doh worry bout we bredren. Go mek sure ur ass eh get kidnapped in Trinidad. You openly declare war on police, that's what you get. No excuses!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chappahx View Post
    Doh worry bout we bredren. Go mek sure ur ass eh get kidnapped in Trinidad. You openly declare war on police, that's what you get. No excuses!
    Thank you! The idiot on tv not even masked u know talking all that shit...Seriously!!!
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    for a trini who lives in lucia i could tell yuh that one is funny eh..

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