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Police pepper spray alleged curfew/COVID protocol breakers in EE & LL

- police reportedly alleged the persons refused to disperse when ordered to
Persons were reportedly pepper sprayed by police while at The Stickit on July 20, 2021. Photo: VINO/File
It was last year, 2020, that former Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews had come under fire after his ranks were accused of tasing persons even when they were not seemingly posing a threat. Photo: VINO/File
It was last year, 2020, that former Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews had come under fire after his ranks were accused of tasing persons even when they were not seemingly posing a threat. Photo: VINO/File
EAST END, Tortola, VI- Information reaching our newsroom is that ranks of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) allegedly used pepper spray to disperse persons allegedly breaching COVID-19 protocols in East End and Long Look yesterday, July 19, 2021.

According to unconfirmed reports, some persons were also found breaching the 7:00 pm to 5:00 am curfew.

Our newsroom was informed that more than a dozen persons were allegedly seen playing dominoes under a shed close to Fine Foods Supermarket.

Another group of persons were reportedly observed gathering at The Stickit in Long Look while another group of persons were allegedly seen conversing on a bench opposite a bar in Parham Town.

Police sources have alleged that all the persons in the various locations refused to disperse, which resulted in the ranks using pepper spray.

It is unclear if anyone was injured.

Tasing incidents of 2020

It was last year, 2020, that former Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews had come under fire after his ranks were accused of tasing persons even when they were seemingly not posing a threat.

Some of the incidents were caught on camera, including a tasing of a homeless man even while he was on the ground.

45 Responses to “Police pepper spray alleged curfew/COVID protocol breakers in EE & LL”

  • ... (20/07/2021, 16:41) Like (63) Dislike (138) Reply
    This is what I'm talking about, these idiots just endangering peoples lives, no lockdown, more spread! Nobody wants a lockdown but you have to know there are people out here who dont give one rats axx!!!
    • ok (20/07/2021, 19:23) Like (21) Dislike (6) Reply
      but a lockdown will do nothing for these types of people they will still be out and about endangering peoples lives
    • Hmmmm (21/07/2021, 15:39) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Who is going to pay these people when you lock down You are probably getting a paycheck no matter what. We are barely catching ourselves from 2020.
      • We are our own problem (24/07/2021, 12:12) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        The people breaking curfew have NO real reason for being on the streets. Most of the time it’s just restlessness, and them just NOT wanting to comply. If you are not working hanging out on the streets after curfew is not going to make you any richer. Let’s not forget during curfew is when some of crimes happen. We don’t want to vaccinate, we don’t want to wear our masks properly, we don’t want to sanitize, we don’t want to follow curfew, we don’t want to stand 6 feet apart in a line, we cuss and fuss when we are asked to wait because the business we are trying to enter is at a full person capacity. Lord have mercy man! Can we be so ignorant? Is this to be our legacy as residents of this country? And then we have the heart to blame the government??? They are only 13 people, do we really think they can do it without us?? This is not time for who from here and who not from here, this damn thing is killing us!!!!! We are the grown ups, it’s time we act like it.
  • Nothing new (20/07/2021, 16:53) Like (20) Dislike (53) Reply
    can not catch the set of murderers live among us but the petty crimes
    • Really??? (20/07/2021, 17:37) Like (28) Dislike (9) Reply
      How is this a petty crime when people dying in Peebles every day???
      • hey (20/07/2021, 20:56) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply
        Don't say peebles say de d orlando Smith hospital
        • Really??? (21/07/2021, 08:45) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
          The sign says Peebles and until we find the $7.2million we shouldn't be naming any damn thing after the person at the centre of that mismanaged, white wash, cash delivery scam. No sah. It's Peebles till we get our money back.
  • Thanks much (20/07/2021, 16:54) Like (50) Dislike (6) Reply
    Enforcement is key to recovery of our Covid situation and the people of these Virgin Islands are depending on our armed forces to do their job consistently and wisely. Thank you so much. Hopefully the enforcement action is caught on police cam and footage will be used to (1) fully prosecute the offenders and (2) vindicate the officers who may be accused of exercising excessive force. Hopefully the protected communities would stand in full support of enforcement officers when enforcement is needed.
  • Sugarapple (20/07/2021, 16:55) Like (64) Dislike (6) Reply
    This is why we not making any progress. Come on people. Do your part. Get your a$$ inside!
  • GOOD!!! (20/07/2021, 17:03) Like (70) Dislike (9) Reply

    Spray dem MS again. People dying out here @#$% all this stupidness - time for a curfew to be a curfew - not a suggestion.

  • Sick of them (20/07/2021, 17:07) Like (54) Dislike (8) Reply
    keep up the good work officers
  • Guest (20/07/2021, 17:07) Like (39) Dislike (7) Reply
    They sprayed the roaches with
  • jah (20/07/2021, 17:18) Like (38) Dislike (8) Reply
    You pepper spray them to go home and other people have to pay a fine..lock them up and let them pay for their stupidity.
  • Mango Man (20/07/2021, 17:27) Like (29) Dislike (16) Reply
    Use the baton on dem MS if they can’t hear.
  • good (20/07/2021, 17:41) Like (17) Dislike (9) Reply
    Should have lock up eveyone at the scene, it's good to see the police enforcing the laws.
  • lol (20/07/2021, 17:45) Like (35) Dislike (8) Reply
    East End and Long Look like another country compared to town. Hardly anyone wearing masks, big groups outside the bars and fine foods
  • jessamine (20/07/2021, 17:46) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
    u can tell the people that moved here who came from countries were police kills or beat up the citizens
  • Eagle Eye (20/07/2021, 18:00) Like (13) Dislike (10) Reply
    I can offer them a free boat ride and some metal weights tied to their feet. Then drop them off in the deep ocean all tied together. The best part is, my service is free. They're no good to society.
    • robocop (21/07/2021, 08:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Even better is that if they do eventually wash ashore with hands tied together, the police here will find no evidence of wrongdoing
  • more (20/07/2021, 18:04) Like (28) Dislike (9) Reply
    Fine and charge them ass too. Them too bold and think them above the rules and laws. It’s time for the enforcement arms to enforce the laws.
  • observa (20/07/2021, 18:12) Like (29) Dislike (6) Reply
    M””s”” taking home the virus to their families “ officers risking their own lives to get fools off the streets. Ppl dropping like flies and out there breaking curfew!!!! Stuuups
  • Observer (20/07/2021, 19:01) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
    Good job officers. Keep enforcing thr laws of the BVI and your job becomes very easy. Those guys playing dominoes during curfew has no regards for the law. If you don't want to touch any of them because of covid then take their names and prosecute via summons and ask them to leave for their homes. Most of them who are there playing the game of domino are outsider who should respect the law.
  • cheese (20/07/2021, 19:10) Like (16) Dislike (6) Reply
    This is why we can't fully open.
    This is why we have to have a curfew.
    Yes enforce and fine these jokers!
  • NICK (20/07/2021, 19:13) Like (24) Dislike (7) Reply
    we need the army like after irma.
  • Nice (20/07/2021, 19:32) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    Well done officers!!!!
  • Lockdown is not the answer. The acceptance of 2 jabs of anti-covid-19 vax, observance is our best option. (20/07/2021, 19:51) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wise actions, and medical know how that have proven and saving lives should not be compromised to please anyone. Lockdown has no preventiom and healing power, if infected by the covid-19 virus. It do benefit some lazy civil servants financially. Obey the protocol.
    • ann (21/07/2021, 07:14) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      Even with 2 jabs for everyone covid will still spread! Are you stupid? Observe and stop repeat stuff without facts!
  • Covid worker (20/07/2021, 20:03) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    Maybe these dumb guys should be made to work on the Covid ward at the hospital or the morgue to see the results of their behavior firsthand.
  • Birdie (20/07/2021, 20:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Say..a deployment .
  • 284 (20/07/2021, 21:19) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    folks holding permits have far more chat than folks with birth certificates
    • @284 (22/07/2021, 09:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You prejudice prick, how dare you say something like that. Let me correct you and throughly inform you with the facts. There are chatty idiots on both sides.
  • Exactly (21/07/2021, 01:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Give them rubber bullets next time. Especially those at Fine Foods. They sickening.
  • Sting (21/07/2021, 03:06) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Norris Turnbull (21/07/2021, 06:30) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Seems like a dose of stupid has been issued
  • morons (21/07/2021, 09:55) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    What in the hell is wrong with some of you. Tortola, BVI has more cases and deaths than city I reside in. Follow the dam.. CURFEW and stop being self-serving.....inconsiderate. WEAR A MASK AND GET THE COVID VACCINE.
  • wow (21/07/2021, 09:57) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hmmm A vast majority of Officers not vaccinated! One should do their best to avoid Them!
    • Sick (21/07/2021, 11:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      do you know law enforcement is not police officers alone ?? they should avoid you is people like you have our country the way it is now grow up
  • resident (21/07/2021, 11:42) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    police cant tell me when to go home
  • Morans (21/07/2021, 12:56) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    @resident You are a Schmuck.
  • Da Ghetto (21/07/2021, 15:01) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    What do you all really expect from the one area in the BVI where the degenerate population is the highest. East End is just ghetto! The whole place and majority of its residents are just bottom barrel rule breaking careless infidels.
  • Long Look People….. (21/07/2021, 17:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bosss get all ya’lll Sk*^t high deh 3:00 is curfew?…….
  • The bum (22/07/2021, 20:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pepper spray to mess up people's breathing in this covid outbreak.

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