Francis rose to the occasion and succeeded in escorting two suspects involved in the shooting, Jason Telemaque and Leon Ettienne to police headquarters on Tuesday 10th July 2018. Francis is now calling for a ‘national action plan’ to address the increasing violence in Dominica.
Francis says he is heartbroken by this sad situation in Dominica, and as the Parliamentary Representative for Newtown, his spirit is hurt and injured by these acts of violence and he condemns them unequivocally. He added, “Such violence is senseless, and brutally injures the hearts and minds of families, and of the entire community by extension. Loss of life is a most painful thing for any family, and for all families impacted directly by such acts of violence”.
Francis pointed to the need to reach out to young men in society and to find a way to help them. He said, “Our young men are in trouble, we need to help our young men, we need to go back to the ground and connect with young men. And we need to hear them out. They are quickly becoming marginalized. We need to listen to them and find a way to help them, because most of the people who are being killed are young men, and the people who kill most of them are alleged to be young men.”
The Roseau South MP is calling on families to take responsibility for their children, and especially their boys. He advised families to “Talk to them, look over them, do not curse them; follow them, give them love, show them care, and inspire them to go back to work. I think the biggest problem for our young men right now, is that they are being ignored and they have become rebellious, aggressive, and consequently are becoming increasingly more violent”.