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The appointment of two local prosecutors to the V.I. Superior Court bench is the latest in a series of moves to stamp out gun violence in the territory, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. announced during a news conference Monday.
An investigation into two homicides on St. Croix has yielded four arrests and the recovery of 10 firearms, according to St. Croix District Police Chief Sidney Elskoe.
In the wake of protests in cities across the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. called on residents to support local police officers as they work to clamp down on a spate of violence.
The U.S. Virgin Islands does not seem to have recorded a spike in crime during the two months since a state of emergency was declared over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said local public beaches will re-open Monday, but residents will swim at their own risk since water quality testing is ongoing and water quality results won't be released until late in the week.
Three police officers were standing outside their patrol cars at the intersection of Polyberg Road east of the Puma Gas Station on Saturday morning. A half mile or so to the west of Lionel Roberts Stadium, another group of officers and squad cars offered a show of support.