REAL NEWS: A complaint is being levelled against a police officer who reportedly
made a threatening gesture to the United Progressive Party’s candidate, Kelvin “Shugy” Simon, during the by-election activities on
Tuesday, October 24.
Simon alleges that the officer – a bodyguard of Prime Minister Gaston Browne – was in Browne’s vehicle when he made the cut-
throat sign to him in full view of other persons.
Simon says he is appalled at the incident and will be reporting the matter formally to Police Commissioner Atlee Rodney, since police
officers’ conduct ought to be politically neutral.
However, he says, he blames Prime Minister Browne for the manner in which certain people in particular positions react.
According to him, Browne loves to sow discord, and he publicly displayed aggression when he threatened to punch MP Asot Michael
in the face while on the campaign trail in St. Peter, ahead of the January 18 poll.
Many persons say they do not expect Commissioner Rodney will take any action against the accused officer.
They allege that the Police are controlled by the Browne Administration and take
directives from its ministers.
During a whistle-stop on the evening before the by-election, Antigua Labour Party supporters reportedly sought to create trouble with members of the United Progressive Party as they engaged in a
motorcade, and sources claim the Police took too long to intervene
and get things under control.
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