Linton accuses Police Chief of abusing and fooling people of Dominica

Police in riot gear were called to disperse protesters

Political Leader of the United Workers’ Party (UWP), Lennox Linton, has accused Chief of Police, Daniel Carbon, of attempting to “mislead” and “fool” the people of Dominica in his interpretation of the law, following a statement by Carbon addressing the use of tear gas by police in what organizers have described as a peaceful protest on Saturday, December 15, 2018.

In a statement issued earlier this week, the Police Chief said that the protests held on Saturday by the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) were “unlawful.

Carbon stated, “The leaders of the CCM know very well that they must apply to the Chief of Police for permission to hold a lawful protest action or demonstration as stipulated by the Public Order Act Chapter 15:01 of the law of Dominica 1990.”

The Chief of Police went on to say that he did not receive any request from the CCM to hold any demonstration or protest action.

Lennox Linton

Linton, at a press conference held at the Prevo Cinemall on Wednesday, issued a challenge to the high command of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force to present to citizens the term “protest action” within the Public Order Act Chapter 15:01, cited by the Chief of Police in his statement.

“I want to issue a challenge this afternoon, to the high command of the police in Dominica, to present to the people of Dominica, where in the Public Order Act the term ‘protest action’ is mentioned, or where in the Public Order Act it is provided that permission is required for a meeting or a public meeting…” he said. “The term ‘protest action’ is not defined, is not used and is not provided for in the Public Order Act Chapter 15:01.”

The Opposition Leader went insisted that the meeting was lawful.

“There was nothing unlawful about the meeting,” Linton explained. “In fact, the Police Commissioner and the police force had a duty in law to protect the citizens participating in that lawful public meeting, and to ensure that there was good order, and to ensure that those people, as well, who were going about the lawful business of a public meeting were not hindered and disturbed in going about that meeting.”

Linton went on to state that the police “have no interest, it would appear, it protecting the rights and freedoms of the people of Dominica.”

“…the Chief of Police seems to have a problem with Dominicans exercising their constitutional right, and he tells us that the police, in tear gassing the public… in using an agent of chemical warfare against the people of Dominica… that the police were acting lawfully,” he elaborated. “We are on dangerous ground in this country.”

In his statement, Police Chief Carbon issued a warning to “the leaders of and people involved in the CCM who are organizing these protest actions” that they must follow the procedures as stipulated by law.

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35 Comments

  1. Man bites dogs
    December 24, 2018

    LINTON,What will be your Christmas message to workers idiotic supporters will it be something like you don’t want any police officers in Dominica to upheld the law and peace?LINTON my man seat in a Conner and eat Black smoke you hear.

    • Filip
      December 25, 2018

      His messagee will be do not bite dogs… sacray boohoe

  2. KoolKatD
    December 23, 2018

    Shaka Zula, May I remind you that ALL RIGHTS COME WITH RESTRICTIONS AND OBLIGATIONS ON THE EXERCISE OF THESE RIGHTS. You have the right to free speech but you are not free to use that right to defame and libel others or threaten them with physical injury. Analogously, the right to protest comes with the restriction that you must have a bona fide permission from the relevant authorities. That’s what is meant in law by “such restrictions and limitations as are reasonably justifiable in a democratic society.” You better cut Linton loose lest he wrecks your brain and reduces you to an incurable ignoramus.

    • Shaka Zulu
      December 23, 2018

      Its commonsense that the limitation of any human right is to the extent that it impedes on somone else right. The request for permission to demonstrate must be to ensure that the police can make sure they are capable to protect everyone rights. What then is in the application? Is the application for protest outlining all the details of the intended protest that allows the chief to decide someone else right will be violated? If it does then it is denied until amended. However we all know that is not how things work. No thought, no purpose. You folks just using the name law to oppress others and to deny without reason. You folks will come up with every freaking excuse. What if tomorrow Another party wins and labour is in opposition they to will have the same right. Some of you will put all you party crap before what is right. The commissioner needs to do his constitutional duty not that of any party. There is a reason why gov institutions need to be independent.

  3. Kool Kat Dee
    December 22, 2018

    I always thought that Linton was an A*RSE, and here is the proof: The law states that “Where any persons desires to obtain any public procession, demonstration, protest or march, he or she shall at least three days before the intended public procession, make an application to the Commissioner of Police:” According to Attorney Letang, “The Act says you must do so three days before the intended procession,” he explained. “The Act also says the Commissioner of Police, who is the Chief of Police Mr. Daniel Carbon, he can refuse it. The Act also says if the Commissioner refuses, he shall refer it to the minister responsible.
    “It makes provision for demonstration but in order that it be effected, in order that one demonstrate, you must get permission,” he stressed adding that under the Act, those who refuse to follow the law and disperse during a public demonstration are liable to be imprisoned for up to five years. Do you get it, Linton? Up to 5 years in gaol for protesting without…

    • %
      December 22, 2018

      Oh, accomplished buffoon,why didn’t you just remain quiet…There was no protest,no demonstration,no procession on the day ..Why is simple English so anathema to you??You clearly did not understand what you read.
      Go bury your face now under a dumper load of sand.. inconscionable, heartless and shameless character!!!
      Skerrit Must Go
      Skerrit Must Go
      LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

    • viewsexpressed
      December 23, 2018

      Kool Kat Dee, please be reminded that when anyone points a finger at another person, please be advised and reminded that Five (5) of your dirty fingers are pointed back at you and tells us who you really are? It therefore means that you have your bias thoughts and you better clean your house first before you go pointing your dirty fingers at another. PM Skerrit is a failed leader and is not worth being the prime Minister of Domininca, just as in Haiti the incompetent Papa Doc and Baby Doc, homeless and worthless, hurt and reduced their people to beggars and to expect daily from failed Papa Doc and Baby Immature Doc for handouts and failed to develop Haiti. Today Haiti is in minus 100% poverty created by these corrupted failed Haitian Presidents. In Domininca we see the same where Domininca is a failed state, under immature Skerrit and his failed incompetent 18 so called ministers or minuscules and their ignorant excuse is to blame everyone else especially credible Hon Lennox Linton.

      • KoolKatD
        December 23, 2018

        Iswsexoressed, if you want to be credible when you challenge the position and logic of others, first be careful to do proper arithmetic. If you point a finger at others, it is not five that point back at you, but four; except if the followers of Linton have so evolved that they possess a sixth finger. Be serious, pleeeeeeease! If Linton and his followers cannot do simple arithmetic, then in no way should we entrust them with the complex public finances of the people of Dominica. I rest my case!!

    • viewsexpressed
      December 24, 2018

      “Iswsexoressed, if you want to be credible when you challenge the position and logic of others, first be careful to do proper arithmetic. If you point a finger at others, it is not five that point back at you, but four; except if the followers of Linton have so evolved that they possess a sixth finger. Be serious, pleeeeeeease! If Linton and his followers cannot do simple arithmetic, then in no way should we entrust them with the complex public finances of the people of Dominica. I rest my case!!”
      Kool Kat Dee, I sincerely put that question to you, whether you have graduate from some school with any level of common sense and decorum, with ability to analyse issues rather than attempting to be in denial with the truth that surrounds you and your Domininca totally due to your failed PM Skerrit and you all waste of time 18 incompetent ministers. You are so in denial, you are making a simple error an issue for your comfort simple because you are in denial, scared of the truth. Skerrit…

  4. Man bites dogs
    December 22, 2018

    Mr Carbon, You are doing a great job. When they throw stones at you, send them silver balls as presents it will be nice souvenirs.

  5. Filip
    December 22, 2018

    Carbon is a dunckiat. For crying out loud the man does not even have a degree!!! And he is the head of the force… I mean how ridiculous can it be… how can a man without a degree be a chief of police omg this is absurd!! Following is another dunskiat valerie without a degree my God!! That is shamefully. .. how do u expect these men to act??

    • DOMINICAN
      December 22, 2018

      But Mr Linton don”t even have a high school education but you wants him to lead you. ..SMFH.

      • viewsexpressed
        December 23, 2018

        Mr Dominican, what ever you say of Hon Lennox Linton, it is a fact that he is more of an intellectual, professional, educated, analytical, in touch with and understand the world politics and there is no way that Skerrit is near or able to match that of Hon Linton. If Skerrit was a smart worthless Prime Minister, Hon Linton would have not discovered their ASSets where the Bin Bobol, Fertilizer Bobol are concerned. Pm Skerrit is scared of Hon Linton and can`t match him. This is a fact, so they are scared of Linton and will say anything to attempt to bring him down. Where Linton has aspired, there no way that Skerrit can or is able to reach that height, because he`s stained from Bobol fiasco following home and he is being defended and covered up by his dirty political scouts. So Skerrit is scared of Linton and worried that he and waste of time Corrupt Labour Party have failed and will be exposed once out of Office. Skerrit and his dirty useless clown must Go. We have waiting the UWP Team.

      • viewsexpressed
        December 24, 2018

        …and what have you got…? I suspect that you are qualified, s you out it, your own words and quantification, that you are qualified in “SMFH”.
        With that level of qualification and your friend Skerrit, there is no way that you a two and others in your corrupt Labour camp are able to achieve and reach the educational heights f Hon Lennox Linton, who has worked professionally in two Caribbean islands as an esteemed journalist. You camp is trained and qualified in poor governance, bobol activities 9bin, Fertilizer) etc. Qualified the abuse of poor, vulnerable people through the Red Clinic. That is a sin and corruption of the highest level by handing out money to people in desperation for Papa Corrupt Skerrit, because he has not given our country growth in the economy nor created jobs that poor people earn their own money, but failed Skerrit is devious & to gain fame the poor, hungry people que up in Financial centre for handouts and cash. what a shame. You all are scared of Hon…

    • Joseph John
      December 23, 2018

      Linton has an N D D . No Dam Degree. And he has a practice in M C A, Mayhem, Chaos and Anachy. He studied during recess time where he cursed teachers and fought students. He was expelled and went to St Kitts where he obtained his B B , Big Bully.

      • RandyX
        December 24, 2018

        I rather have a new PM without any degree than one with two that he bought and bought from monies that did not belong to him but to the country. I want a new PM that cares for all citizens of Dominica, that does not steal of treasury, that spends the majority of his time in the country, that doesn’t lie and is open to the citizens of DA, that is accountable, that is not corrupt…
        In other words to keep it simple, somebody who is exactly the opposite of the current PM

    • Joseph John
      December 23, 2018

      After next election he will be crying so much he will have the first ever U W P, Ugliest World Person.

      • viewsexpressed
        December 23, 2018

        What a shame, what a disgust, where you guys are so scared, you come with th typical foul language because the writing is on the wall. There is no way that I , or others would use that language on this Medium or ever on Skerrit. Shame on your so called Joseph John, you are a disgrace to the human race and to your corrupt party and to Hon Linton. If you do not apologise, yo are not worth listening to on this DNO medium. You have failed us just ike your Skerrit and your corrupt government has. You all are failures and everyday you all express this.
        Shane on you and your arty, hon Linton has you all on the run and as you come for the same rotten, corrupt camp, it why we need the Corrupt DLP out of office. They are not role models and loud empty talkers with no discipline and etiquette in shared knowledge. The hire the tree you al climb it is the more you all expose you assets. Good bye you are disgusting.

    • Man bites dogs
      December 23, 2018

      @ Fillip are you real? You have just opened the book of wisdom, have you ever wonder why is it Linton keep behaving like a bloody disgrace idiot!! It’s because the guy have not got any qualifications or in your words degree to be a leader or prime minister like Dr Skerrit commander in chief now you know.

      • viewsexpressed
        December 23, 2018

        Man Bites Dogs, get lost. You are a barking waste of time. Show us your company, we will tel you and expose you for who you are. Just stay focus on the Bin Bool and the Fertilizer Bobol and you will understand the corrupt company you belong to. Get lost,

    • Expat
      December 23, 2018

      Filip, I have been asking the same question of Linton. How can a man without a degree be the leader of the UWP ? How can a man without a degree think that he can be prime minister?

  6. Mayday mayday
    December 22, 2018

    SMH, Linton needs to stop braying like a donkey and find a meaningful project in Dominica to show his leadership skills so people can vote. Seriously even if you know labor is weak, no one in their right mind can put their confidence in such weak, feable leadership of blah blah blah. Come on man, find a good project and hit the ground to show some leadership. Fraustrated

    • viewsexpressed
      December 24, 2018

      You all are scared of Linton, because you all know that failed Skerrit is on his way out. Skerrit has failed u big tie, and your blind political clowns of Skerrit are the ones burying him to a place of oblivion. This man has failed us for the past 18 years and rather guiding him and helping him to some level of decency, you all have wasted your breathe and time on Decent Hon Linton who obviously has a very clean background and a recognised reputation. All you al can do is use useless derogatory terms about his physical looks rather than look at Skerrit with his obvious stained name and history of questionable deeds of State`s money the same Hon Linton has exposed him. It is that you guys are worried about that Hon Linton and his reputable UWP Team. Skerrit is a a failed PM and needed help the day he became Prime Minister in a very Odd way, so you guys have brought Skerrit to the corruption abyss where he now belongs with a tainted reputation. we need answers re our passports and bobol

  7. viewsexpressed
    December 22, 2018

    Carbon, at you level yo ought to kno damn well better. You must not incite hate and harassment on a people when they are peacefully and lawfully demonstrating their citizens rights in our independent democratic country. Chief, some singing the songs and out of tune of your failed PM Skerrit. This inept and PM and his failed Corrupt 18 ministers has failed us and every day demonstrate their weakness and fault in government. Their interpretation of the law in un becoming and un professional with unlawful behaviour to intimidate the rights of the people who demonstrate peacefully the corruption and lack of development taking place in our Domininca. Skerrit must go, he is weak, unintelligent of the processes of the states law and relies on people who may appear as just Boom Boom fly who hang about with nothing to do.
    Skerrit must Go, carbon must Go with him and this country need a change now. Skerrit is a big failure and is in deep trouble. Skerrit is on his way out.

  8. jaded
    December 22, 2018

    I denounce excessive force by the police everywhere. But is it possible that the police took this action because previous such actions by the UWP were marred with violence? At the House of Assembly protest the protesters brought buckets of stones, for example. Maybe the police were just taking precautionary measures. After all, once bitten twice shy.

  9. RandyX
    December 22, 2018

    Carbon is a disgrace to this county in the same way as his master and all those DLP people that condone the actions of Skerrits private militia.

  10. Jonathan Y St Jean
    December 22, 2018

    Carbon the footstool of the corrupt Labor party government has no interest in protecting the rights of those who oppose this wayward government. He seems to think that Dominica is part of China and that no matter what the laws of Dominica are, we should all worship at the altar of Skerritt. If we don’t then he will break the laws he is paid to uphold and violate the people he has to serve. Carbon you have etched your name alongside the notorious in the annals of our history for which you will pay someday.

  11. Ibo France
    December 22, 2018

    Even in autocratic countries tear gas is used very sparingly, usually when there is a riot. To flippantly tear gassed citizens engaging in a very peaceful protest shows a lack of respect for people’s lives and wellbeing. There cannot be any form of justification for such a barbaric act. In any truly democratic State, the Chief of Police would have been summarily dismissed for endangering the lives of fellow citizens. This was an act of terror. Dominica is unique. The Police Force that should serve and protect the people does the reverse. They intimidate, harass and harm people for peacefully exercising their constitutional rights. Dominica is most definitely a POLICE STATE. Every little protest and the police appear in military fatigue, fully armed and ready to arrest or maim. The country must never forget when they went by the doors of innocent people, at unholy hours before dawn, and arrested law abiding citizens on trumped up charges. A set of terrorists!

  12. HI FIVE
    December 22, 2018

    Time for the police to start wearing their RED uniforms

  13. Shaka Zulu
    December 22, 2018

    It is not his fault. He probably never read amy of Dominica laws and does not seem to have mental capacity to understand basic policing. Carbon is a puppet commisioner and his history of public comments tells me he is an idiot.

    • Kool Kat Dee
      December 22, 2018

      Shaka Zulu, your level of ignorance is flabbergasting, mindboggling. The provisions of the law a clear and unequivocal and Commissioner Carbon is right! Every reasonably educated Dominican knows that the Commissioner is correct in his knowledge of the law. If the law does not require permission from authorities to stage a protest, then the whole nation would sink very quickly into anarchy. Indeed, in every democratic country existing today, you need permission to exercise your democratic right to protest. Yours and Linton’s ignorance is incredible and complete. All you had to do was to use your google search engine and you could have found out that Commissioner Carbon’s understanding of the law is spot on in this matter. Pity you and Mr. Linton and God have mercy on Dominica if he were to ever be elected PM.

      • %
        December 22, 2018

        @ Kool Kat Dee
        DNO really needs a trash pan, to just dump garbage and foolishness like this..
        Skerrit Must Go
        Skerrit Must Go
        LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

      • Shaka Zulu
        December 23, 2018

        “Indeed, in every democratic country existing today, you need permission to exercise your democratic right to protest.”I want you to read that line you wrote above to yourself. Take your time think about it. If it is established as a Democratic right why do you need permission to express what is your right. You are flabbergasted because like the commisioner your level of understanding is fit for a school for the mentally challenge. The reason permission is asked of the chief of police is to allow him to make available resources so that those who excersise thier right to protest are protected from those who want to stop them and to prevent those in the protest from damaging others property and life. The commissioner is using this provision to flat out deny public from expressing thier democratic right because its against his bias towards the gov. This is abuse of power for political malice. You fools trying twist the law to oppress ppl. You said it. It is a democratic right.

      • Man bites dogs
        December 23, 2018

        % good idea because you would be the first in that trash bin along with my good friend Linton. Having said that Lennox Linton gave us lots of laughs and jokes see you on the comedy show 2019.

      • KoolKatD
        December 23, 2018

        Shaka Zulu, your level of intellectual immaturity amazes me and is at a level that I have never seen within comments on DNONLINE. TRULY DUMFOUNDING! You are so lacking in logic and reasoning skills and mastery of the facts that you have no acceptable response to my comments and resort to ad hominem responses. Evidently, you are a faithful and blind disciple of Linton and the two of you are of the same ilk, cut from the same cloth of ignorance. I implore you to respond to my arguments with logic and facts and completely refrain from ad hominem attacks that almost always avoid making logical, reasoned counter-arguments. But like your political father-figure (pity you that he is) you cannot muster such arguments. We all now understand who you are, your quintessence, and we can expect nothing better from you.

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