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VIPD Detective Moses President Suing Police, VITEMA, Government, Fellow Officers And 911 Operator Over Being Shot In The Back At Frontline Bar In Late May

SHOT IN SPINE: Moses President

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CHRISTIANSTED — A Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) detective has filed a federal lawsuit against the department after he was shot in the spine by a fellow officer while responding to a disturbance on St. Croix, according to court documents.

Police detective Moses President filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Estate Golden Rock on Tuesday, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

The V.I. Freep was the first news source to identify President by name as the policeman who was injured in a “friendly fire” incident at the Frontline Bar & Restaurant in Estate Calquhoun on May 25.

President is suing the Virgin Islands government, the VIPD, the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA), Virgin Islands police officers Shonneth Gittens, D’Neicia Jacobs, and Almont King, and 911 dispatcher A’Keyma Barthlett.

The three officers and one dispatcher were suspended from duty immediately after the incident so that a secret police Internal Affairs “investigation” could be conducted. The results of those inquiries are not typically released to the public in the territory.

President said that he notified Barthlett that he was on the scene, but she failed to tell Gittens, Jacobs and King. He was able to subdue a man in the bar who was brandishing a weapon by shooting him.

But after President shot the suspect, one of his fellow officers shot him. Police have not identified the shooter.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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