The Police express concern over media publication

Police Headquarters

ZIZ News…November 15, 2012 — Once again the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force has raised concerns with publications in the local media saying it is not an attempt to prevent Freedom of Speech or Free Press/Media.

However, Media Houses must first try to establish the accuracy of information or accounts of incidents before publication.

According to the Press and Public relations Officer, the release is sent as a result of a publication on SKN VIBES website, dated Tuesday 13th November 2012 and titled: “Civilian Charged For Defending Self Against Police Officer”.

The release stated that this account of the events as published is far from what transpired.

Not giving the full account but to point to critical areas of the incident.

First, Mr Alfred Stevens committed an offence in the presence of the officer, while the officer was engaging him concerning that offence. The officer had reason to search Mr. Stevens which resulted in the find of illegal drugs. As a result, he attacked the officer. The officer resisted the attack and was able to arrest Mr Stevens, having received assistance.

He was taken into police custody and subsequently charged for the four offences: (1) Battery (2) Obstruction Under the Drug Act (3) Indecent Language (4) Resisting Arrest.

Mr. Stevens knew the officer since childhood days, and the officer identified himself to him.

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