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Top Cop calls questions of legal action against him ‘convoluting’

- Four cases filed against him since his appointment
Police Constable Nicholas Tranquille (left) has been the most recent officer to file a notice of application in the case of Nicholas Tranquille vs Police Commissioner for the claim of wrongful reversal in rank against David Morris. Photo: Facebook/VINO/File
Commissioner of Police David Morris said that the legal action taken by police officers does not affect him personally. Photo: VINO
Commissioner of Police David Morris said that the legal action taken by police officers does not affect him personally. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Commission of Police (CoP) for the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Mr. David Morris, has made emphatically clear that he is not affected personally when a member of his police force seeks to take legal action against his office.

This he said, noting that the charges are not necessarily laid against him directly but rather his office. “It is not David Morris personally although the press would like to make it that way,” declared CoP Morris.

He described the question put to him by a reporter regarding the issue as “very convoluting.”

He further noted that as with any other claim, the Attorney General who is responsible for the law manages that area of the business. “Does it affect me personally? No,” stated Morris.

Despite Morris’ statements that the cases filed are not against him personally, Police Constable (PC) Nicholas Tranquille had filed a notice of application in the case of Nicholas Tranquille vs. Police Commissioner with the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court/High Court of Justice in the Virgin Islands Jurisdiction.

This was the fourth case to have been filed against Police Commissioner, the first since Morris has been appointed to the post.

There were three other cases and the threat of others against the Police Commissioner for the alleged violation of rights by Police Officers.

It was reported that one police officer may have since abandoned a case against Mr. Morris for an alleged unlawful arrest.

12 Responses to “Top Cop calls questions of legal action against him ‘convoluting’”

  • ... (29/01/2014, 08:26) Like (7) Dislike (10) Reply
    just like NDP moris must go
    • "Joker" (29/01/2014, 12:49) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      Must politics come up in every single headline, come on people, D**!!!
  • xxxxxxxx (29/01/2014, 08:36) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    Yea nice spin on it Mr. Morris but you have no regards for the rights of your officers...Too many cases again YOU who is in the “OFFICE”
    • read the article (29/01/2014, 09:43) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      ..ONE case against "him who is in the office" .. the other three were before he took on the role - its in the article; "..the first since Morris took office"... !
  • zoe (29/01/2014, 10:12) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sue him do not be afraid
  • Well Sah (29/01/2014, 11:52) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    just do the right things Mr. Morris and no one will have to sue you or the Officer of Commissioner of Police BAM
    • BAM understand the law (29/01/2014, 13:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sometimes it is not agreed what is 'the right thing', that is why lawyers have big cars and houses.
      In this case it is no reflection on any one person that a wrong has been perceived, merely that one party felt it appropriate to get some kind of legal review to support their view of what should be - in their opinion.
      This is exactly how it should be. One side is wasting their money and some lawyers will get fat.
      Sometimes the lawyer will advise his client that there is no point in continuing with the case, or that it will cost a lot more than the client can afford; that's when cases get discontinued or settled. In other countries there are arbitration teams that can get settlement or compromise before going to law; here, it's law or 'suck it up'. There's no story in this.
  • foxy (29/01/2014, 13:53) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Deeds police loves the court house
  • legal team read the V.I Constitution (29/01/2014, 21:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The free and democratic citizens of Her Majesty's BVI,are pleased that Her Majesty the Queen,on the 13th day of June,2007,at the Court at Buckingham Palace,in the presence of the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty in Council, declared [""Fundamental Rights and Freedoms of the Individuals/Citizens & residents of Her Majesty's Territory""].

    And it is a "Fundamental Right and Freedom" of any individual in the BVI to seek redress in the High Court of Justice,if that person's RIGHTS were contrvened in any form:

    So let all read the section in the V.I Constitution,which gives Mr.Tranquille,the Constitutional Authority to seek redress according to law.

    First of all; I applaud officer Tranquille for being a good law-abiding individual,andI congratulate him highly for enjoying his freedom in the BVI.

    That is what the people of the BVI enjoy the most,their freedom!!

    Section 31 of Her Majesty's V.I Constitution states:-

    [""(1) If any person alleges that any of the foregoing provisions of this Chapter has BEEN,is being or is likely to be CONTRAVENED in relation to him or her(), then,without PREJUDICE to any other action with respect to the same matter that is lawfully available,that person may APPLY TO THE HIGH COURT FOR REDRESS""]

    Subsection (2) of section 31 states:-

    [""The HIGH COURT shall have original JURISDICTION-

    (a) To HEAR and determine any application made by any person under subsection (1);and
    (b) To determine any question arising in the case of any person that is referred to it under subsection (7)""]

    If everyone in the BVI,put their weapons of destruction,and take up the LAW,the BVI will be the safest place on earth.

    Do like officer Tranquille, follow the LAW!!

    Her Majesty's Honorable and Royal Police Officers are NOT UNDESIRABLES!

    When Mr.David Morris took up his position as D.C.P in June 2010,he told the media ""I come to weed-out the undesirables in the force"" Her Majesty's Police Force.

    The only person who has the Constitutional Authority,under section 97 of the V.I Constitution,to weed-out any undesirables in the police force,is the [Governor-Her Majesty's Representative in the BVI] ,after consultation with the police service commission!The C.O.P has no power to dismiss or weed-out Her Majesty's officers!

    Mr Morris sir, you met the V.I Constitution alive and well;you will accept the V.I Constitution,as a declaration by Her Majesty-the Queen,bestowed upon Her Free and Democratic Citizens and residents.

    Mr.Tranquille,it is your Fundamental & Constitutional RIGHT to SUE the C.O.P,under section 31 of the V.I Constitution,as declared above.

    My advice to you,is use the power of the V.I Constitution to [SUE THE COMMISSIONER]

    We the tax-payers in the BVI,will pay the Attorney General to represent him in Court.
  • kkk (29/01/2014, 23:12) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Offcers keep figthing that devil
  • justice (31/01/2014, 06:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    He is not worries about the law suits because the tax payers got to foot the bill…old popuse man
  • polo (01/02/2014, 02:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Here's the funniest thing about all this to me. It parallels the Watergate scandal exactly in one regard: it was completely pointless.

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