By Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is investigating the ongoing matter involving Tourism Minister Lindsay Grant and law enforcement officers.
Commissioner of Police Hilroy Brandy, in response to a question from WINN FM, gave details on this matter.
“On January 8, three officers visited the Last Lap Bar. As a result, an incident occurred. The Police have investigated this matter and the file has been submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions who is the competent authority for these matters,” said the top cop who was speaking at the Prime Minister’s first press conference for 2022.
Commissioner Brandy said, “the Police Force is responsible to maintain law and order in the Federation and as you are aware, we are in a pandemic and there is the COVID-19 Prevention and Control Act that the Police has been asked to enforce so as a result officers were assigned to check on business premises to see that they are complying with the Act and the protocols.”
Videos widely circulated in early January show Minister Grant and law enforcement officers engaged in a verbal altercation at the popular Last Lap Bar in Bird Rock.
WINN FM understands that lawmen visited the bar following a report of a possible breach of COVID-19 restrictions.
Minister Grant issued a statement which states: “I have seen the videos, I have heard the commentary on the airwaves and I have read the messages regarding the incident between myself and police officers.
While the videos do not display the full extent of the incident that night, I do understand the position that I hold. I regret how the circumstances have been portrayed and I wish to assure the public and the police in particular that I fully support their efforts at the preservation of law and order.
I encourage the police to gather all the evidence and to investigate the full context of the matter,” he added.
WINN FM will continue to follow this developing story.