Haiti – FLASH : Extreme violence, 4 police officers beat to death a Haitian citizen
Wednesday May 12, 2021, Léon Charles, the Director General ai of the Haitian National Police (PNH) gave an update, “on the unfortunate incident that occurred” in Ouanaminthe, where during the intervention of a patrol of the Departmental Unit for Maintaining Order (UDMO) and administrative police officers a young man, Peguy Siméon, 31 years old married and father of two children, during a particularly violent intervention, died in atrocious conditions.
Reminder of the facts : Peguy Siméon had been deported from the Dominican Republic and without money was trying to join his family in Saint-Raphaël by settling on the roof of a bus of pilgrims who, worried, alerted the police.
The police finally dislodged Peguy Siméon from the roof by throwing him off the top of the bus before hitting him severely on the ground in an incomprehensible outburst of violence. Urgently transported to a hospital in Ounaminthe Peguy Siméon did not survive his injuries.
Fritz Saint-Fort, the Divisional Commissioner and Departmental Director of the Haitian National Police of the North-East recognizes “that the victim, until proven guilty, was neither armed nor represented an imminent threat endangering the life of agents.e He explains that the measures were taken after realizing that the report of the police officers concerned did not correspond to reality, and after watching a video showing the beating. He said the 4 police officers identified on the video were put in isolation in Cap-Haitien while other police officers present are being questioned.
Fritz Saint-Fort informs that the responsibilities will be fixed, specifying that the PNH does not provide the police with baseball bats as seen in the video images, the use of which will be an aggravating circumstance, stressing that in addition to administrative sanctions there will have criminal penalties since there was a death of a man.
Reacting to this barbaric act, the videos of which have gone viral on the internet, the Office for the Protection of the Citizen, expresses its indignation following the violent death of Péguy Siméon on Sunday May 9 in Ouanaminthe and demands a rapid investigation into this file and requests that sanctions be taken against the perpetrators of this blatant case of human rights violations.
For its part, the General Directorate of the PNH which qualifies this incident as “regrettable” deplores such actions which tarnish the image of the institution. Specifying that the General Inspectorate of the North automatically seized the file, that 4 police officers were placed in isolation and 3 others in precautionary measures while waiting for their files to be transferred to the Government Commissioner for the Jurisdiction of Fort Liberté for legal proceedings