Dominica police seek CARICOM assistance to investigate death of man who died in their custody

Chief of Police, Lincoln Corbette

The Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force has requested assistance from the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) in their investigation of the death of a Kings Hill man who died in police custody over the carnival holidays.

Acting Chief of Police, Lincoln Corbette, made that disclosure during a press briefing on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

Corbett said that on Saturday February 15, 2021, Kerwin Prosper aged 36, was arrested by officers of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID)  in connection with several reports.

According to the Acting Chief, searches were conducted at the various locations where Prosper was known to be residing and a quantity of electronic items, clothing and an unspecified sum of money of interest to the police, were recovered during the course of the investigations.

“Sometime in the morning on Monday, February 15, 2021, Prosper complained of feeling unwell. He was taken to the Dominica China Friendship Hospital where he was examined and released back into police custody,” Corbett stated.

He reported that later that evening during the course of the investigation at police headquarters, Prosper became unresponsive and was again transported via ambulance to the Dominica China Friendship Hospital where he was pronounced dead by a medical doctor at 11:40 p.m.

“That same evening, I appointed [the] Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a Kerwin Prosper. On February 18, 2021, an autopsy was conducted on the body of the deceased by the government pathologist, Dr. Alarcon,” Corbette revealed.

According to the Acting Chief, upon receipt of the autopsy on March 2, 2021, and having considered “all things,” he advised the Minister for National Security, Rayburn Blackmoore, that external assistance should be requested to strengthen the investigation process.

“I wish, therefore, to inform that the Honorable Minister, as a matter of urgency on March 2, 2021, requested from CARICOM IMPACS through the Regional Investigative Management System [ROMS], assistance in that regard,” he said.

Corbette is of the view that such actions will strengthen the investigative process and will  ensure that it is conducted in an “impartial and transparent manner, whilst supporting the police force in maintaining its “professional conduct, credibility, public confidence and trust in [the] handling of  the investigative process.”

“Let me state that contrary to speculations in the public domain, that this Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force stands committed to investigating all matters in keeping with its motto ‘Fiat Justitiat’ which means, Let Justice be done,” the Acting Police Chief declared.

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27 Comments

  1. Extrajudicial killing
    March 23, 2021

    Justice for Kerwin!!!!

  2. Extrajudicial killing
    March 23, 2021

    Allu kill d man !!!! Simple simple simple……!!!

  3. click here
    March 8, 2021

    Yes bring in the RSS. Same goons that were brought in to “keep the peace” in Salisbury at the behest the papa doctor.

  4. Ibo France
    March 7, 2021

    NOTICE: Real Journalists Wanted

    The Garbage Bins Scandal – Mr. Linton unearth that

    The 1.2 Missing Billion – Mr. Linton shed light on that

    The $64 000 tax funded rental palace – Mr. Linton expose that

    Where are the fearless, investigative journalists and media entities? Hiding under the bushel. No great invention, no transformational change has ever happened without bravery and risk taking.

    ARISE DOMINICANS ARISE! What kind of country do you want to leave for your children and generations yet unborn?

  5. pyro
    March 7, 2021

    “That same evening, I appointed [the] Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a Kerwin Prosper. On February 18, 2021, an autopsy was conducted on the body of the deceased by the government pathologist, Dr. Alarcon,” Corbette revealed. “Davidson Valerie” a man of limited skills (comprehension, interpretation, reasoning and understanding), which are all necessary to carryout any successful scientific investigation, exactly what he has been assigned to do. make Valerie qualifications public! he does man a public position after all. this investigation is going to go nowhere as expected with the personnel in charge. Plus CARICOM IMPACS, should investigate the acting commissioner, Lincoln Corbette, for paying a shouting victim, Nicholas, for staying away from a court matter.

  6. Justin
    March 7, 2021

    You couldn’t get Caricom assistance to investigate the mercenaries that came at Mr linton home blwith briefcase … You could not seek caricom assistance to investigate the prime minister when aljazera came out with the Documentary on skerite and his currupt gang.. you could not get caricom to investigate the death of the guy at Portsmouth police station but all the police was in stockfarm.. you could not get caricom assistance in the leaking of the Pm ipo .. but u can get caricom assistance for that one eh.. sacray currupt political chief… Mr must be a labourite… Once u a labourite you have no concience.. u have no morals.. u curupt .. greedy… bias.. my God why dominicans dosnt stand up and root out those people there from office..

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  7. March 6, 2021

    It is rather interesting That you have to call on Regional security to investigate something that happen right in you nose.

  8. Ibo France
    March 6, 2021

    The Police Force in Dominica operates outside the circumference of Truth, Honesty, Empathy and Common sense.

    Why so? They are poorly trained, poorly educated, poorly resourced and poorly managed. Some officers are functionally illiterate as the last job a young, intelligent male or female just out of high school or college gravitates towards is the Dominica Police Force. The citizenry has lost all confidence and trust in this once well revered organization to adequately serve and protect them.

    For the police force to regain the lost respect and confidence of the public, it has to :
    -recruit the best and brightest graduates from secondary school and college
    -promotion must be done on merit and not by partisan-politics
    -the Chief of Police must be intelligent and articulate in order to convincingly sell the goals and vision of the organization to the public

    Presently, the state of policing in Dominica leaves much to be desired.

  9. Jonathan Y St Jean
    March 5, 2021

    I wonder why when it’s an ordinary Dominican citizen who kills another the Dominica police feel they are competent enough to investigate the incident, but when it’s a case where someone died whilst in the custody of the police, all if a sudden their investigative skills no longer seem to work. Justice delayed is justice denied. Going to Carricom for assistance is just a sly way to drag this shameful act out. I hope that the police will return to being a gentle authority and stop being this super aggressive beast now that they have gotten another black eye. Let the perpetrators rot in jail this time.

  10. Gods child
    March 5, 2021

    The first thing I expected to see is Mr. Corbette emphasising with the family. Well vengeance belongs to the lord.

  11. Watching
    March 5, 2021

    Wait and see, it’s just a show. Nothing will come out of this. Showdown that there. I bet ya..

  12. jaded
    March 5, 2021

    Does the body of the deceased have any welts, bruises, or marks to suggest that he was mistreated in police custody? Is there evidence of suffocation?

  13. Nkrumah Kwame
    March 5, 2021

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :oops: !
    Boy, all you doh easy Noh!! Corbette, what is it that the CARICOM officers will tell all Yuh that allyuh doh know already??!!
    It was during the continued investigation in the EVENING, that he became UNRESPONSIVE. Just ask those who were conducting the investigation what happened; how was it conducted, methods used, was his lawyer present, how long did it take to become unresponsive??? etc
    Corbette said the investigation would be conducted in “an impartial and transparent manner? Does that mean that when done by local officials that’s not how it’s done??
    And please Chief Corbette, what has been done in the case of the gentleman who died in the police cells at Portsmouth and for which five officers were charged with murder??
    Professional conduct and justice for all!! You adding insult to injury!!
    HOTEP!

  14. March 5, 2021

    Hello and good afternoon my people. First I would like to know what was the finding of the Autopsy and did if reveal if the prisoner was abused while in Police Custody. Second, Doesn’t the Police Department have an Internal Affairs Bureau or a Professional Responsibility Unit which can conduct an honest and through investigation. I suspect that the Commissioner know the result of the Autopsy but he rather have an outside agency reveal that the suspect was abused by his officers which resulted in his death. In that way the Commissioner can say his department did conduct the investigation and he oppose their finding. I know how the system works because I spent twenty four years with NYPD and five years in Internal Affairs where I investigated many allegations of curruption made against Officers.

  15. %
    March 5, 2021

    I don’t believe anything being disseminated by members of this failed CDPF, including Corbette. The fact is this dysfunctional force is replete with semi illiterates goons, who can’t properly read, speak or write, and therefore intimidation and fear are their modus operandi..
    I condemn the actions of the force.
    What exactly will Caricom do?
    Wasn’t Caricom investigating a stalled truck coup d’etat which happened in Skerrit’s head in 2017? Where is the result?
    Is that a “coco makak” to obstruct justice???? Wicked goons..Then you all are talking about community policing???

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  16. VereTere
    March 5, 2021

    This is just a charade and a smoke screen. The outcome will be the same one way because the investigation is not impartial. I do not trust Skerrit and his local militia, nor do I trust any CARICOM police that he invites to our island. Remember the RSS coming by night to intimidate Dominicans…

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  17. L C Matthew
    March 5, 2021

    An alternative phrase is Fiat justitia ruat caelum with means “Let justice be done, though the heavens may fall.” Better still Fiat justitia, pereat mundus”Let justice reign even if all the rascals in the world should perish from it. Acting commish did you interfer or tamper with a witness when you had your case for violating code of conduct as a police officer. If your goal was to rise to rank at all cost then you then justice will never be done in this land. 7 years Joshua Ettiene family have not had justice. Where were you. Every thing done is to give an impression of things done right but at the core rotten. Try as you like you cannot hide the stench of rotten flesh. When will dominica get justice for the rackettering going on in this government. You sir are an enemy of Fiat Justitiat and it stinks when the man incharge quotes a moto he does not practice. Let the Rascals fall!!!

  18. Righteous
    March 5, 2021

    I commend the ACOP for calling for an impartial and independent investigation into this matter. A couple questions which need to be immediately answered:
    1. What did the initial assessment reveal when he was transported to the hospital and what type of assessment was done.
    2. Is is SOP to release someone complaining of certain ailment/pain and not be held for observation. (The answer to #1 will negate/or prompt more questions based on what was done and the findings)
    3. Was was the estimated time of death and cause of death based on the autopsy?

    It is very important that we get this one right to clear any officers of the DPF of any wrong doing or charge any officer/officers if be determined that they contributed/ to or were negligent in the cause of death of this young man.

    Again, I applaud the ACOP for requesting outside assistance on this one.

    #OneLoveDominicans #OLD #AllInThisTogether #TheDFPIsUS

  19. Rany Felix
    March 5, 2021

    I welcome the news that the help of Caricom is being sought to investigate this matter.
    However the last time “Caricom” investigated a matter in Dominica, (an alleged coup by truck) we heard nothing of the report, presumably because the result was not favorable to the authorities. We are watching. We are waiting.

    Rany Felix

  20. click here
    March 5, 2021

    CARICOM is just another boys club. Do you remember the CARICOM regional defense force? At whose behest were they here? Skerrit. So he is going to bring thse same people here to try and make it look like it is transparent? NO! we want the official autopsy. We want to know what caused his death.

  21. ohhh
    March 5, 2021

    i can almost predict when there will be no comments. mass media control in effect. the comments are more informative and truthful than the news itself sometimes or most times

  22. John Brown
    March 5, 2021

    Did Corbette say that the police is committed to investigating all matter?

  23. Ibo France
    March 5, 2021

    When a government is corrupt the whole country becomes corrupt. It is quite conspicuous that the Skerrit-led administration is shrouded in secrecy and darkness so is this so called police force.

    Why don’t the police release the findings of the authors to the public. The relatives of this man still get their private pathologist to do a truly independent autopsy.

    The police are acting like a gang of goons that dances to whatever tune is played by this despot parading as a prime minister. Justice must not be done but seem to be done.

    This is not the first nor second time a Dominica has died in police custody. Then the spin bowling begins after the fact. The Dominican police remind of the Mongoose of Eric Gary (Grenada) and the police death squads of Papa and Baby Docs of Haiti.

    This is not farfetched. The present climate in Dominica indicates to me that it is a real possibility that some opponents of the evil regime may disappear without a trace of evidence.

  24. dissident
    March 5, 2021

    The issue of the dead man in police custody is over 2 weeks!!!!
    De report on the drone flying in more daniel gets priority!
    Didn’t you all seek caricom assistance for the violent death of Nellie Starre and her boyfriend???…. while you at it we need that report as well!
    Caricom had to assist in salisbury and Marigot on the day before our general election too!

    Is that what you guys have been reduced to under Roosevelt Skerrit???

  25. Bwa-Banday
    March 5, 2021

    :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: ..Tic tok, tic tok, tic tok! Tell your master its time for him and the entire cabal to resign and make way for Dca to be what it should be.

  26. SMH
    March 5, 2021

    to me he left out the part where the guy was ALLEGEDLY beaten by police…

  27. Sensational
    March 5, 2021

    Hmmmm….I smell a big big rat :-|

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