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Haiti's Former Top Cop Gunned Down after Critical Facebook Post

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The Central Directorate of the Judicial Police (DCPJ), an institution comparable to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), had one of its former directors of the institution shot, hit with nine bullets, and killed by unidentified individuals on Sunday night.

Michaël Lucius, who since leaving the DCPJ has been working as a professor, had just returned to Haiti from traveling abroad. He was in his vehicle traveling across a bridge between the entrances of the affluent neighborhoods of Vivy Mitchell and Belville in the commune of Petion-Ville when he was met by unidentified individuals who rained bullets on him.

A post to former Director Lucius' Facebook page made four days before his demise has been called to the attention of the public. In this post on November 26,2019 at 1:47PM, Lucius writes:

Why all of this? Do you think you can live in eternity in all peace after having destroyed a country and a people? No manipulation of public opinion can evade the reality of time.

Michel-Ange Louis Jeune, spokesman for the National Police of Haiti (PNH), said Monday, that the high command of the police institution was appalled upon hearing of the murder of Lucius. An investigation was opened up to identify and arrest the guilty parties said the spokesman.

Police believe the murder was a premeditated crime and that Lucius was targeted. They also believe the individuals were traveling on motorcycle and had been waiting in the area for him to return.

Human rights organizations, the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH) and the Je Klere Foundation vehemently denounced the crime as a huge loss to the police institution. Both organizations reported that Lucius was a standout among his colleagues.

The Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MJSP), currently under the leadership of the embattled resigned-Minister Jean Roudy Aly, said in a note that it condemns the assassination on Sunday 1st December 2019 of Inspector General Michael Lucius. The note also took the opportunity to mention other officers who were injured while attempting to remove barricades as part of the peyi lok movement.

"The MJSP expresses its solidarity with the family and colleagues of Inspector Lucius and his sympathies with the police attacked in Arcahaie while they removed barricades on the national highway number 1," the note said.

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Haiti's Former Top Cop Gunned Down after Critical Facebook Post