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VIPD Waited Two Full Days Before Arresting Fellow Former Officer On Domestic Violence


 ARRESTED: Rogue former cop Tracy Richardson

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) waited two full days after a St. Thomas former fellow officer on St. Thomas allegedly punched his wife in the face — before finally arresting him when he was accused of committing more acts of domestic violence, a Virgin Islands Free Press investigation has revealed.

Tracy Richardson, 48, of Smith Bay was only arrested after allegedly pointing a gun at his wife and firing shots at her, the VIPD confirmed today for the V.I. Freep. After the second incident of domestic violence, police finally decided to arrest Richardson at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

Clema Lewis, of the Women’s Coalition on St. Croix, has said in the past that people in authority, whether they are Virgin Islands police detectives, Superior Court Marshals, or territorial firefighters — are the ones most likely to commit acts of violence against their spouses — because the perpetrators feel their position — or in the case of Richardson — former position — will allow them to get away with it.

“Police officers should be held accountable for their behavior, he should have been arrested when he first hit her,” Lewis told the V.I. Free Press today. “We need to understand that when we wait, make excuses, give a break,  we are putting the victim and the community at risk.”

“We need to understand that when we wait, make excuses, give a break,  we are putting the victim and the community at risk.”–CLEMA LEWIS, WOMEN’S COALITION OF ST. CROIX

After the V.I. Free Press noted in a Thursday report, the VIPD has given Richardson every possible break — first not arresting him after he allegedly punched his wife on Monday — and then not releasing his mug shot photo when he was arrested on Wednesday.

Today, after the V.I. Freep exposed the failure of police to release the photo — they released Richardson’s mugshot photo to the public.

The mugshot reveals a man ravaged by time and hard-living, who although he is only 48 years old, looks at least 10 to 20 years older than that. Much older than the photos Richardson uses of himself on social media, including Facebook.

The Virgin Islands Free Press was the first local media source to break the news that Richardson has had an employment history with the VIPD — but the question remains as to why he would claim to still be working for the police department when he apparently is not.

The VIPD did not immediately respond to a question about the gun allegedly used in the incident of domestic violence against his wife on Wednesday.

Police were asked if the gun is legally registered to Richardson and if the gun used is his former service revolver.

Stay tuned to the V.I. Free Press on this website and Facebook for around-the-clock updates on this breaking news story.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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