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Three community groups are taking part in events planned across the country to bring attention to October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, communicating the presence of domestic violence in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
An annual waterfront gathering Friday evening was part of the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, remembering the almost 40 Virgin Islanders who have lost their lives to violence so far this year.
Community was the buzzword Thursday night as Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor, St. Croix Police Chief Sidney Elskoe and St. Thomas/St. John Police Chief Steven Phillip fielded the public’s questions on The Press Box.
The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee was divided Thursday on whether to move forward a bill that requests $200,000 to establish the Virgin Islands Office of Gun Violence Prevention under the Office of the Governor, or to table the discussion altogether.
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.
“Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” a documentary that takes the viewer into the story of the courageous Liberian women who brought peace in the midst of a bloody civil war, will be screened at 6 p.m. Friday.
Only one life so far has succumbed to the novel coronavirus in the territory, but V.I. Police Department Commissioner Trevor Velinor said the recent homicides in the Hospital Ground area have taken three lives, including one Friday morning, and injured two more.
After three homicides and a fourth shooting that sent a woman to the hospital, all within 48 hours and all in the heavily populated St. Thomas neighborhood known as Hospital Ground, residents want to know where the police are.
Arrests for firearm violations and violent crimes jumped 32 percent from 2018 to 2019, the V.I. Police Department reported Friday to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Justice, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs.
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