St Lucia shootout fuels debate over extrajudicial killings

St. Lucia Police Commissioner Vernon Francois. Photo credit:

CASTRIES, St Lucia – By their own account, the police said they had been monitoring five men who attempted to rob a restaurant in the south of the island, and in the ensuing gun battle, four were shot and killed, while the fifth died a few days later in hospital.

Autopsies are to be performed on the five men Tuesday. But the May 5 killings have rekindled a simmering debate as to whether the police here are engaging in extrajudicial assassinations, following rumours that some alleged criminals killed since the start of the year were on a death list drawn up by St. Lucia law enforcement officials.


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  1. sherman
    May 29, 2011

    year boy we coming so we go feel mad in st.luica that means no more crime

  2. TCS
    May 18, 2011

    I Agree…Kill Dem ALL!!!!! Nuff Said. We should bring back our own Death Squad.

  3. Karval qui zort yeh
    May 18, 2011

    Add a crime multiplication factor of 4/ year. With the iradication of these four thugs it means that the crime rate would be down by 20 per year. Now that is something to think off.

    And those deceitful bastards told us that Tiyanni was way to hard on the criminals. Ebeh weh papa.

  4. AHHA???
    May 18, 2011

    shoot them down DEAD ON ARRIVAL…. wanna enjoy my vacation when i’m in that country… congratz to the lucian police, doing a very good job.

  5. Mr Sout City
    May 18, 2011

    There shouldn’t be extra judicial killing in any democratic country. If the police do it in self defense then fine but if you kill be criminal just to get rid of him, that also makes you one. If a family member of mine was killed by a police “death squad”, no police officer you be safe.

  6. Well Done
    May 18, 2011

    The debate will be all that it is a debate. It could have been my brother I would not feel sorry for him. He would have been very wrong to engage in such activities. I read an article that two women were raped in SLU on one of the most popular beaches in the south. Do you think Tourist will come?

  7. sacafete
    May 18, 2011

    I totaly agree and applaud all the sentiments written above. We need the cops to take the same firm steps with dem criminals here in Dominica. Well done policemen

  8. The truth
    May 18, 2011

    Look like the Feds are fed up! St Lucia has soooo much crime. For such a small place, and I know the kind of weapons these boys have. To think they may use them against police, the police must shoot back to survive. Thing is, criminals don’t seem to care with a little jail time no more. They make so much money that thy become millionaires. So what is five ten years, when you coming home to a few million dollars?

    We need a better deterrent than jail. Either death sentence for the guilty or ensure We get all third assets. The problem is, does the court system itself work? Is it flawed? Do judges and investigating officers accept bribes? Does evidence go missing? Do the offenders get an early heads up? And ofcourse, are their assets even trackable? The courts and government need an iron fist!

  9. Envar
    May 18, 2011

    Anytime police in pursuit of any criminals with guns they should be shot dead.. some criminals give police too much problems and they use the same guns to rob and rape and torment our people… Dem gangs should be chopped off before they grow..

    Death Squard is a must….

  10. loser
    May 17, 2011

    all of you criminals involve in crimes even some of you reading some day you’ll pay. dont you ever think of it. if then get a decent job and say no to crimes.

  11. Beggs
    May 17, 2011

    Them lawyers and human rights activists doh care a sh…t about the victim. They like to condemn de police until it reach home. St Lucia Police I congratulate you!!! Please take back your country from dem criminals and let barking dogs bark.

  12. Jahyout
    May 17, 2011

    The Police have to do what they have to do, Its very hard on the Government when dealing with those criminals.

  13. pafque
    May 17, 2011

    yep when you decide to rob at gunpoint you prepare to kill fork them criminal crime do pay

  14. DR
    May 17, 2011

    You said educate we are doing just that ,you said give amnesty we did that, you said provide social programmes we did that you said provide other means so our macontents to part take in we did that,every thing you ask for we provided yet your life of crime continues. We are not going to take it any more a minority few cannot hold the majority of law abding citizens hostage, therefore we are going to fight fire with fire and guess who will and always win? The rule of law! every time. Just ask BEN LADEN in hell and closer to home ask the Jamaicans; Now thats your answer.

  15. O.G.
    May 17, 2011

    what CRIMINALS scared of death now… u doin crime well serve d time…. KA BOOM!!!

  16. Anonymous
    May 17, 2011


  17. gyalis
    May 17, 2011

    when a man decides to become criminal I have no problems when the police put a few small holes in his body. we young people should learn to get an education or a skill and work hard or face the consequences.

  18. Rolle
    May 17, 2011

    Why is it so common accross the world that activist are always so ready to defend the criminals?
    St. Lucia has a serious crime problem and the police are dealing with it.

    Who speaks for the victims of violent crimes? These criminals are getting what they deserve. The criminal justice system should be reviewed in all these islands. The Justice system seems incapable of dealing with these criminals.

    Maybe some of these activist lawyers are benefiting in some way from those criminals.

    • DR
      May 17, 2011

      MR Rolle for PRIME MINISTER. Hope you`re from LAUDAT.

  19. You can Kill so Be Killed
    May 17, 2011

    I much rather hear the news of those fellas meeting their doom than hearing sex of them Rape two white British Tourist, or an innocent Island girl or Rob a bank and shoot innocent people in the process.

    Call me what ever but you want to go and Rob Banks, engage in gun fight with police and then somebody should feel sorry they put all you lights out.

    I can read such news everyday until little by little the criminals realize that a life of crime is not the answer.

    Until then let their blood be shed rather than the innocent….

    • LawieBawie
      May 17, 2011

      You said it all for me. Thanx.

  20. Indifferent
    May 17, 2011

    Hazzards of the trade I guess. I’m all for a firm hand of law. All those complaining about the police should go and speak to the families of those tourist that have gone their to enjoy and have themselve a break from hard work not to be robbed and killed. Also speak to those loved ones in St Lucia that have lost familiy members to lawlessness!!

  21. Cool!!
    May 17, 2011

    You mean a few criminal bandits and socila mistfits were given their due treatment and a whole lot of people vex about that? i wonder if they would be making all that noise if it were five policemen who were killed by criminals.

    Guess they would revert to the usual government bashing and lamenting that enough isn’t being done to deal with the Criminals? What hypocrac!! Let the police do it’s job, and if (like with Bin Laden) it means to kill these bastards first then ask the questions, then so be it.

    A few less criminals in the Caribbean. A more peaceful society for you and me!!!

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