Dominicans asked to support call for investigation into police handling of Kernisha Ettienne’s abduction and death of Keyan Alexander

Police at press briefing with PM Skerrit at command center at Warner on June 9, 2022. Photo courtesy of Roosevelt Skerrit Facebook page. 

National Joint Action Movement (NJAM) is appealing to Dominicans to join the movement in demanding an independent investigation into police handling of the abduction of Kernisha Ettienne and the subsequent death of Keyan Alexander without locating the missing child.

“The National Joint Action Movement (NJAM) wishes to bring to the attention of the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica that today marks the 15th day and beginning of the third week since the abduction of twelve-year-old Kernisha Etienne and almost ninety-six hours and four days since Deputy Police Commissioner Lincoln Corbette announced to the nation the death of the alleged abductor Kian Alexander,” NJAM stated in a press release. “The nation has been subjected to almost ninety-six hours of total silence from the police, the Minister of National Security, and the Government of Dominica on the circumstances which lead to the death of Kian Alexander, presumably the only person who had information on the whereabouts of the child, and how they intend to continue the search and rescue efforts for the child.”

NJAM has deemed “totally unacceptable”, what it says is the deafening silence of the police and the government of Dominica and as a result, the organization is demanding that the authorities inform the nation of the current situation with regard to the missing child and what could have led to the death of Keyan Alexander, “when it was public knowledge and understanding that he had to be apprehended alive, thereby assisting to confirm the whereabouts of the twelve-year-old child, Kernisha Etienne.”

“There is no doubt that the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force and the Government authorities have made a fatal blunder with the handling of the situation which has now lessened hopes and expectations of finding the child,” NJAM further laments. “For unfortunately, every minute that passes worsens the possibility of finding the child alive. The nation must now face the ultimate reality of a possible corpse.”

The group insists that the police and government have a responsibility to be transparent, honest, and truthful to the nation.

“NJAM, therefore, appeals to the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica to join in the efforts to demand an independent investigation into the activities of the police to determine what could have gone so fatally wrong with the handling of the abduction of Kernisha Ettienne and the subsequent death of Keyan Alexander without locating the child,” the organization stated in its release.

NJAM has said that it will soon initiate the process of presenting a petition to the President of the Commonwealth of Dominica to appoint a commission to investigate the matter.

“The entire nation is in pain. NJAM prays for a miracle to bring the child home safely,” NJAM concludes in its release.

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  1. Lawyer
    July 13, 2022

    Skerrit should be held to account for the actions of his militia. I for one, do not believe that they acted without him at least knowing what they were doing. This CM can’t be trusted. Has he accounted for billions of your CBI money yet, has he given you electoral reform? I rest my case. Stop this man while you still can.

  2. Lin clown
    June 23, 2022

    Keyan Alexander was shot and killed by the police in the lawful execution of their duty.The dead body belong to the state,and the police will,whenever they are ready let the family view the dead body The police or government has nothing to say to NJAM.If the family does not accept the body for burial,the government will do so and bury it in a public cemetery.The police should now detain Keyan Family,their lawyer and Matt Peltier and question them as to what they know in the kidnapping of the 12 year old child.It is time the police do some serious work,and start detaining people.Start with Matt Peltier who has been interviewing potential witnesses and suspects for days.He should stop referring to Kenny as a thug.

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  3. Lin clown
    June 23, 2022

    That is just BS.The relatives of the 12 year old girl should take revenge.A mentally sick man kidnaps a 12 year old girl,two weeks later the girl cannot be found.The mental person is shot dead in self defence,according to a police report.NJAM is asking for an enquiry,using the little girl to make political milage on behalf of UWP.

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  4. Lin clown
    June 23, 2022

    Man dog,this is a political show put on by supporters of UWP We want those know-it-all to tell the public,how are they going to get Keyan to tell them where the child is.What are the going to do to him?.The government has said before,they had no part to play in the Choksi matter.You Jonathan want the government to say what you want them to say?Skerrit has said over and over again,he never had or presently have a French passport.You 70 year old Jonathan want him to say he has a passport,or he had a passport.It is the same people who talk about democracy and dictatorship.

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    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      June 24, 2022

      @Lin clown, with an effective operating legal system the word of the accused can’t just be accepted. When the police are informed of potential drug activity they secure a warrant and go check it out. The court should have asked Skerritt to present his passport for examination or they should have gone to search his residence for the passport to check it out. My age, which God said is a gift, three scores and ten is not Germain to the point you are trying to make. Wise up. I’m happy and proud to be blessed by the Almighty to be 70years old. My intellectual faculty is not diminished by my age. Ain’t that a blessing? Let the government continue to lie. They denied any involvement in Monfared being in Dominca or any of the other thugs associated with the country or Susan Oldie buying diplomatic passports, Bin bobol, etc. I’m just not going to accept the lies. Not at my age.

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  5. ok
    June 23, 2022

    Which Dominican’s? Stop putting Dominican’s name in all you foolishness!

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  6. Lin clown
    June 23, 2022

    NJAM is all political boomboom.According to the police Keyan told them where the child MIGHT be they searched the area,but the child was not found.NJAM does not believe the police,because the missing 12 year old is a political tool in the eyes of NJAM.Keyan is not an ordinary person,he is mentally I’ll,and therefore not subjected to interrogantiion like a normal person.At some point Keyan must be told he is being charged and arrested for a crime.He must be cautioned with the Judges Rules,”You have a right to remain SILENT*.At what point,where and when is he going to say where the child is.Investigation revealed due to Keyan state of mind,he does not know where the child is.In that case my OPINION is NJAM is suggesting the police torture Keyan to get information he does not have.How would NJAM get Keyan to say where the child is?.What would they do to him?He does not know where the child is,he does not remember.Even if he is charged,arrested and convicted,he cannot be sent to prison.

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      June 27, 2022

      I have seen numerous police arrests being done in Dominica, I have yet to hear a police officer tell anyone “you have the right to remain silent”.

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    June 23, 2022

    There was already a kill order put out for Keyan by a police officer, there is a video of that officer saying “Do whatever it takes to take him down by any means necessary” while crying tears, this officer should have been removed for being emotionally compromised but he was not, seeing that this officer was representing the Dominica Police Department, then it stands to reason that this “Kill order” was from The Dominica Police Department. No wonder they have been so silent, No wonder they only want the parents to “See his face FOR IDENTIFICATION and Run out” seems like they did the usual of beating him up for information. I believe in my heart they beat him until he talked, this is the way the DPD works, we all know it, let us not pretend.
    People let’s stick with the facts…Yes he did cut up the guy and yes the young girl went missing the same day but besides the one person saying he took her, we have nobody else to corroborate that story, no evidence at all. think…

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  8. Question& more questions
    June 23, 2022

    After the killing of the alleged abductor I have a completely different feeling re the reality of the entire story that was given to us.
    I am now asking myself and would like to know the following:
    1. Who really abducted the 12 yr old?
    2. Who really cut the face of the adopted father?
    3. Who called the police and how was the adopted father taken to the hospital and at what time?
    4. When was the SSU or our local soldiers called and assigned to search for the missing child? Was it at same time as the adopted father was taken to the hospital or the following day?
    5. Why did Daniel Carbon tell the nation on June 9 that the villagers of Bells called to say that they were being terrorized by Keyan Alexander for three weeks? After receiving that so called report what did you put in place to calm down or apprehend him?
    Why was Keyan Alexander killed by the police? Was he murdered for crimes that he didn’t commit but didn’t want to give him a chance to defend himself before a judge?

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  9. Money god
    June 23, 2022

    Has 12 year old Kennisha Ettienne been found?

    Has the officer that shot dead the alleged abductor of Kennisha, Keyan Alexander , the only one that could lead us to Kennisha’s whereabouts been suspended?

    Has deputy police commissioner Mr Corbett been suspended for all the lies told by him?

    Has police commissioner Daniel Carbon been suspended pending the investigation?
    Has National Security Minister Raymond Blackmoore been suspended for not holding any of his officers responsible for the killing of Keyan Alexander, the only person they told us knew the whereabouts of 12 yr old Kennisha Ettienne ?
    Has Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit been relieved or suspended or even fired as Prime Minister for allowing and abhoring all these evils on our beautiful isle and doing nothing to stop it?
    If the answer is yes then Dominica should already be on lockdown and force Charles Savarin to declare a state of emergency until an independent investigation by an international firm takes…

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  10. mine
    June 23, 2022

    This Guy was a threat in the community everybody was scared for their lives now he is dead you all have him as a hero. if this child was your own you all would killed him yourselves. He knows what he was doing, why didn’t he take his sister in the woods? No, he took an innocent 12 years old. If is was alive he would still lied to the cops of the child’s where about. Lord have mercy on Kernisha because everybody failed her.

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  11. Anonymous
    June 23, 2022

    Why is it the PM who is seating at this table? Where is the attorney general, the principle legal advisor to government? Who should be ensuring that the law is always respected and considered in matters of such sensitivity, as he works with law enforcement for tactical planning and execution. Without seemingly just there is no justice! The present of the politicians in a matter like this politicizing the entire ordeal, let us not forget that skerrit as pm is a politician and his presence will politicize this situation, therefore persons like the AG and others.

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  12. Original
    June 23, 2022

    This group of individuals suppose to be the police high command, so why are they all dressed in military fatigues when police and military carry separate functions? Why this militarization of the police? Police are meant to enforce laws, serve and protect as stated In the oath which they take, the function of military is totally different. It’s geared towards defending sovereignty. There should be a separation of police and military as they are not interchangeable. Deputy commissioner, second highest commanding police officer in full military fatigues, this is a poor image for the police especially since we do not have a military but an established wing of the police which functions as a military. This now seems to be the entire police force is a military force, fighting against whom may I ask? I wonder if we understand the psychological impact which this carries with it. Then we wonder about crime n violence and why the youth are so hardened into crime..!

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  13. J Bruno
    June 22, 2022

    Whether or not the child was found, worse enough, he is not alive to assist with finding the child, I want to say that there was absolutely *NO* reason for killing Kian – Even if he was armed with a “3 feet cutlass” as they said in their reporting. After all, he must have been out-numbered by the Police who should be equipped with Tasers, Teargas or other equipment to assist them in their apprehension efforts.
    This situation in Dominica is a very, very saddening and hurtful one.
    It is appalling – the way in which the Authority is handling this matter of uttermost gravity.
    Why does everything they do have to to be so secretive, especially of a sensitive situation as such with is also a concern to the public?
    It also provokes the question why are there so many crooked and incompetent individuals running the show?
    This is such a small Island, but in conjunction with all the square pegs in round holes, corruption becomes a norm.

    As a nation, we are heading nowhere…

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    • Man bite dogs
      June 23, 2022

      ” Even if he was armed with a 3ft. cutlass “the police should have just stood there and let a nasty madman butcher him yes, is that how you see it?? Whenever ugly Lenny, shoots his crap from his dirty backside you guys always there to lick him over.

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    • Lea
      June 24, 2022

      I have been asking that question for weeks. Was he a scapegoat or a diversion of something more sinister? Only the word of injured party. Is this child buried in the yard or vicinity of her residence? Too many moving part, inconsistencies, ambiguity, and history of police abuse and political corruption.

  14. Michael Norris
    June 22, 2022

    I Michael Norris support the call for an independent and thorough investigation into the whole saga of the abduction of Kernisha Etienne including the manner in which the Police approached the matter and and their actions. Decency and the honour of the sovereign State of the Commonwealth of Dominica demand it! We await to see if our leaders have these traits.

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    • Beta
      June 23, 2022

      I second that! This nonsense in DA has to STOP.

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  15. June 22, 2022

    What is the purpose of this inquiry? NJAM seems to have all the answers. The story is still unfolding as the abducted child is yet to be found, yet you have these elitist organizations playing politics to satisfy their own selfish ends. Too many wicked people in Dominica!

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  16. Thanks
    June 22, 2022

    Investigation into WHAT? What’s wrong with you wannabe political Hawks! Find the child and bring closure to the family. That innocent baby still remains unaccounted for. Her family doesn’t want all that political shin-bang. What do you have to gain by calling for inquiry when someone baby, little niece, granddaughter, cousin, friend, classmate is unaccounted for. Your behaviors are heinous, despicable and cruelly low. Get a LIFE!

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    • DAFriend
      June 23, 2022

      You haven’t understood a single word… but why am I not surprised?

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  17. Not a Real Country
    June 22, 2022

    DNO it’s refreshing to post the picture of Skerrit and soldiers during the press briefing at Warner on June 9 you know because at that very press briefing zi felt Skerrit was hiding guilt . I still believe that Skerrit and top ranking members of his cabinet and police know about the child. As to what they might know I don’t know.
    Dominicans should put a lot of pressure on the government and police to come clean with the child’s whereabouts and they should also tell us why in hell they killed Keyan Alexander and lied to us . They flat out murdered Keyan as if they didn’t want to give him a chance to say anything he might have known to the public.
    In a real country Skerrit, Blackmore, Carbon, Corbette and the actual shooter would all be sent on special leave so we could have an honest investigation. But Skerrit has already told us that Dominica is not a real country so whatever they hiding and covering will continue to stay hidden

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    • Robby
      June 23, 2022

      I do agree 110% with you. Something very fishy about the entire story.

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  18. June 22, 2022

    It would be in the interest of the Prime Minister to break the silence and address the nation on this matter. On June 10th he said that he was taking over the operation to look for the girl. And the police gave the assurance that as far as possible, that the abductor, Kian Alexander would be brought in for questioning, alive so that he could be questioned on the whereabouts of the 12-year-old girl that he kidnapped. According to the Deputy Chief of Police, Lincoln Corbette, “During that time, he said certain things to the police as to the possible whereabouts of Kernisha Etienne.” that was on Saturday. Up till press time, as far as I am aware, Kernisha Etienne has not been found. The police must take responsibility for not finding the kidnapper within the first 60 minutes since she was grabbed and taken to parts unknown. And they have failed us again, by shooting dead the only person that could tell the police what he has done with the girl, or his side of the story. The utter…

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  19. Jonathan Y St Jean
    June 22, 2022

    I’m not expecting the cabal to acceed to the request for an inquiry into the scandalous chain of events in this dark saga in Dominca. The cabal remained silent and didn’t respond to the fiasco dealing with the Choksi matter which would have implicated the leadership and it’s nuts and bolts. Now they have bungled a rescue effort for Kernisha and capture of Keyan under the commandeered take over by Skerritt as leader of the operation which is riddled with errors from the start, and with Keyan dead and Kernisha still missing the cabal will simply attempt to allow the issue to fade in our collective memories. That’s the modus operandi of the cabal. It would be nice to have an independent inquiry from someone outside of Dominca to shed light on what happened from before the kidnapping to the end result. I hope the death of Kernisha is not the end. So many matters in Dominca are crying out for an inquiry. Heaven help us all.

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  20. Man bite dogs
    June 22, 2022

    Hold on a minute am I reading this so-called NJAM thing right? How on earth can anyone call for an inquiry before finding out what happened to the young girl is she alive or dead!! What the hell is going on in Dominica? Instead of building an airport PM Skerrit, should think again and build a mad house for ugly Lenny, and now NJAM whatever the hell that means.

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    • Ibo France
      June 23, 2022

      The ridiculous nonsense you utter, many times I’m forced to ask myself if you are a sane person.

      You are the most hopeless and asinine ….. on this earth. Are you even capable of packing the shelves of a supermarket? You have no employable skills. You cannot even be a dog catcher.

      Some people’s minds are like flower gardens, other people’s minds are like weeds. Yours, Dog Eater, is a combination of weeds and pieces of broken glass bottles.

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        June 23, 2022

        Ibo MALAPROP France, will you please make sure your brain is in gear before opening your mouth?
        You definitely need help. And this must be done sooner than later because your mental capability is getting worst.

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      • Lea
        June 24, 2022

        Why the harsh criticism. Does the truth offends you. The truth only does two things. It offends or correct. Let healthy debates continue. Keep your insults to yourself.

  21. Kevin
    June 22, 2022

    So let me get this straight, a man brutally wounds his own uncle living him for dead . Subsequently kidnaps that man’s adopted daughter in the sanctity of her own bedroom. Then takes her in the woods of Warner or layou for over 10 days and God knows what he did to her. Then when confronted by police he tried attacking them with a 3 ft machete and sadly was killed before leading police to the location of Kernishia. So now according to NJAM we should fight for justice for this monster?

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    • Ibo France
      June 23, 2022

      The account of the police about Keyan confronted them with a 3-feet cutlass has not been corroborated by any independent source.

      We all know the police are enemies of the truth. They have murdered people in custody. Remember Kerwin Prosper? How quickly we forget. They tried their very best to distort truth then, and no doubt now.

      For people like you, to try to malign a civic group for endeavoring to elicit the truth from the police, shows your colossal ignorance and warped mentality.

      It is almost a week after the fatal shooting of Mr. Alexander, but the police have stubbornly refused to subject themselves to questions from independent journalists, for public consumption, relevant to this most unfortunate incident.

      Your disparaging remarks are simply misplaced.

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    • Lea
      June 24, 2022

      Allegedly. The words of only one man. The only other individual who knows what happened. No one else has seen this precious little girl.

  22. Ibo France
    June 22, 2022

    The ‘police’ of Dominica only know how to threaten, brutalized and killed innocent citizens. They are a loose bunch of rogues and dimwits. They have not only fumbled the ball, they have dropped the catch.An opportunity to bring closer to this aggravating incident has gone abegging.

    NJAM should combine their efforts with other NGOs and organise a search party independent of the grossly underperforming thuggish ‘police’, to try to locate the child.

    Dominica is saddled with incompetence from the very top, leader of government, leader of the state, permanent secretaries, so many senior public servants in prominent positions.

    The question is simply this – When are the Dominican people going to wake up and rid the country of this plague.

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      June 23, 2022

      Here goes the lunatic again. Ibo MALAPROP France, are you ok? You are the plague and DNO should get rid of you. You are contaminating the site with too much political BS. You are an embarrassment even to your own self.

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  23. Da to d Bone
    June 22, 2022

    Stop all you foolishness .Stop playing dirty Politics.

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  24. D/can to d bone
    June 22, 2022

    But allu police Not observant at all. So many of them out there saying kernisha ok she safe.. because they know where she is. How about the man with the green security short why allu didn’t go for him when he said he know where she is she is safe. Uh and the many others.
    There is alot in that abduction story..keyan take de Child bring her by whoever and went on the run..poor man died without help, without sad..such foolishness going on. De corbette talking bout keyan tell them…lié lié, a dead man tell no tales. How he taking when allu shut him up when he got that shot..the rupture, no man can talk after that. Cirbette líes alot no joke it’s part of him. But karma coming. Let’s continue to pray for our dear Child

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      June 23, 2022

      D/can to d bone, you seem to know something… keyan take de child bring her by whoever and went on the run… these are your words. the police should investigate you.

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