by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): “We have to stand up for the police because we expect them to stand up for us,” said Local DJ and commentator Jefroy Morrishaw on the Solidarity March in support of the police.
The march will occur tomorrow (Thursday, February 17, 2022) at the Pelican Mall from 3-6 p.m.
In an invited comment with WINN’s News Desk, Morrishaw explained the reason behind the walk.
“This stemmed from the situation there with Minister Grant and those police officers at the Last Lap [Bar].”
Morrishaw said that while he does not know what exactly transpired, he feels that the police should be supported.
“Doesn’t matter what transpired, his [Minister Grant] actions and his partner that disrespected the police officers was definitely in my view out of control… Minister Grant knows the [protocols] and who to speak to if a police [officer] addressed him out of order.”
In January, videos circulated on social media showing Minister Lindsay Grant and law enforcement officers engaged in a verbal altercation at the Last Lap Bar in Bird Rock.
The videos became a hot topic for public discourse.
According to the Commissioner of Police Hilroy Brandy, on January 8, three officers visited the Last Lap Bar, where an incident occurred. The Police investigated the matter, and the file has been submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Morrishaw then recounted other instances where people were engaged in protest action and were shut down because the organisers did not have prior approval from the authorities. He says he wants this march to remind the citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis of their right to democratic expression.
“The Prime Minister and his cabals that [are] in government right now, that is how they [got] into their position, they [were] campaigning all over the place, picketing and marching with placards. The Prime Minister reached as far as St. Vincent with his placard. So our citizens have a right to their democracy, self-expression and stuff like that.”
The DJ also expressed that he wishes for more trust and collaboration between the citizens and residents of the Federation and the Police.
“I also want to see the police and the citizens get back to the point where they understand that policing is community service. Police are not there to oppress the people but to protect and defend our human rights and the safety of the Federation.”
He concluded that the march would simply show support to the police.
The march starts from the building that houses The St. Kitts Tourism Authority in the Pelican Mall, then head westwards on the Bay Road from Port Zante, right onto College Street, right onto Liverpool Row, left onto Fort Street, right onto Cayon Street, right onto East Square Street, right on Bank Street, right onto Fort Street, right onto Cayon Street, right onto East Square Street and ends at East Independence Square.