Police commissioner, Daniel Carbon, has described the death of a Picard man in police custody as a “very serious incident” and “a homicide,” noting that justice will be swift for those who are allegedly involved.
He told state-owned DBS Radio that from the beginning the police have been treating the matter as a homicide.
“This incident where Joshua Etienne was found dead has always been treated as a very serious incident,” he stated. “From the offset of the investigations, we’ve been treating it as a homicide.”
Etienne’s “seemingly lifeless” body was found in his cell at the Portsmouth Police Station, where he was being held at around 5:00 am on August 5, according to the police.
He was pronounced dead by a district medical officer.
He was arrested on August 4, at around 9:30 pm in Glanvillia for the alleged possession of ammunition.
The autopsy on his body was performed on Thursday and according to Carbon the results “confirmed the worst.”
Carbon did not release the results but sources close to the matter told DNO that it revealed several serious injuries including several broken bones and a punctured organ, among others.
DNO understands that at least four police officers, including a female, have been taken into custody in relation to the matter.
Carbon told DBS that “a crime” is now being investigated.
“The crime occurred at the Portsmouth Police Station and I can assure the general public that there is going to be no cover up, the investigation is going to very transparent…” he stated. “The investigation is well advanced and I have no doubt the officers, who the investigations have identified as the perpetrators of this crime, will face justice.”
The commissioner said there is no room in the force for police misconduct.
“When I became chief I told my officers that I have a responsibility to the public,” he stated. “They themselves are responsible to the public. I said I have no room in this force for police misconduct, far more so, extreme violation of human rights. I have been saying that we have to respect the people, the citizens of this country, members of the public and I have said also that the police officers must be conscious of the fact that the people we may have the tendency to abuse, are the very background from which we came.”
He pointed out that the police officers “must be answerable to the alleged homicide that was conducted in the Portsmouth police station.”
“Justice has to be swift,” Carbon said. “What is good for the goose, is good for the gander. I have absolutely no cover up in this matter.”