Basseterre, St. Kitts, Wednesday, 26th December, 2018, (MyVueNews.com) – Despite the pleas of local police authorities and carnival organizers, many still thought it best this J’ouvert morning to test the resolve of the security forces.
As a result, police and Defense Force officers were kept busy rounding up the hooligans who decided to take weapons into the bands and to create disturbances and engage in fights.
Some even physically assaulted members of the security detail on duty, but they were met with appropriate restraint by the lawmen.
Now, police are reporting that they took into custody, some 64 persons on J’ouvert, for various offences.
Police say that “Unfortunately, due to several incidents that occurred during J’ouvert, a decision was made in the interest of public safety to restrict the event to 10:00 a.m.”
The Police say they are aware that a number of the incidents were gang-related and the others were fights that occurred during the street jam.
“As with previous years, majority of the persons who turned out enjoyed themselves, whether it was from the sidelines or as a member of one of several troupes that were registered with the Carnival Committee,” said police in a release.
However, the Police High Command expressed thanks to the persons who were able to revel in a peaceful and responsible manner.
The Police say they condemn the use of bottles and stones as missiles during the J’ouvert Jam which resulted in injury to several persons, including two Police Officers.
Fortunately, none of the injuries were life threatening.
The two officers who were injured while attempting to make an arrest during separate incidents.
In one matter, two persons suffered injuries when an Officer’s firearm discharged after he fell while trying to apprehend an assailant.
Two females suffered injuries to the legs as a result. The women, along with the Police Officer, received treatment at the JNF Hospital and were all discharged.
The second Officer is warded at the hospital after he too was attacked trying to make an arrest during another incident.
Several other street activities are scheduled to take place over the coming days and the Police are making an appeal to all residents and citizens to comply with the laws of the land and to take direction from members of the various security agencies.
The Police say they have a zero-tolerance policy for any acts of violence. Carnival is a time meant for residents and visitors to have fun. They have a right to do so in a peaceful manner. Any person found to be disrupting that peace will meet with the full extent of the law, stated the police in a release on Wednesday night.
Vendors and business operators are also reminded that drinks are not to be sold in glass bottles. The Police are urging members of the public to report suspicious activity to the Police by calling the Crime Hotline 707.