Haitian National Police’s Chief Inspector Hervé Julien. Photo credit: Trip Foumi

Police have assembled a list of more than 100 fellow officers suspected to be Fantom 509 members, said Hervé Julien, chief inspector of the Haitian National Police (PNH).

Fantom 509 set a government building on fire on two occasions this week, burned vehicles and tires, and fired gunshots into the streets to call for the release of police officer Jean-Pascal Alexandre. That officer was arrested on suspicion of murder, arson, and destruction of public property in connection with violence in May, according to Haiti Libre.

PNH General Director Rameau Normil wrote in a statement that the Fantom 509’s wrongdoings don’t honor the police force and urged the officers to leave the group on Wednesday. Continue reading

Onz Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and ESNY before joining The Haitian Times....

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