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Jul 14, 2015

Chester Williams on Ghost Town Intervention

Chester Williams

On Monday, we reported that an intervention had been staged over the weekend by the Belize Police Department, involving feuding members of the Ghost Town Gang.  The mediation saw the coming together of factions purportedly led by Ellis Meighan and Roger Anthony.  Both groups have been at odds for quite some time and the fallout has resulted in a spate of retaliatory shootings.  The latest incident took place on Thursday when construction workers Kendis Flowers and Ralph Martinez were assaulted by a gunman near the intersections of Vernon and Lakeview streets.  Arising from Friday’s intercession is an amnesty which sees legal action against their attacker being dropped.  According to Senior Superintendent Chester Williams, members of the notorious street gang are being given an opportunity to walk the straight and narrow.  Failing that then tougher enforcement measures will be taken against them.

 

Sr. Supt. Chester Williams, Divisional Commander, Belize Police Dept.

“If it is that they are serious about changing we will provide the avenue for them to make that change and the thing is that the problem has been going on for quite some time now and it needs to come to a stop.  So I am giving them that avenue to make the change and see what will become of it.  I must say that over the weekend we had no incident in the Mayflower area, there was a shooting nearby but it has nothing to do with those persons who were a part of the mediation on Friday.”

 

Reporter

“Now sir, while these mediations were happening one of the parties in it, one of the key parties, Ellis Meighan was the subject of a complaint for attempted murder by Kendis and Ralph.  Those are the two first names; are you able to say if he will be charged for murder which is a remandable offense or has that been dropped?  How does the department proceed with that?”

 

Sr. Supt. Chester Williams

“The two persons, the complainant in the matter do not want anything and they have expressed that they do not want to proceed with the matter.  As I said, they are one group of people, they are all related and living in the same area and they have said that they don’t want to proceed with the matter so we cannot proceed because they do not want anything.”

 

Reporter

“Okay, now that encourages a kind of impunity and how do you maintain the balance between mediation and a strict enforcement of the law and obey order?”

 

Sr. Supt. Chester Williams

“There is a strict enforcement of the law but, as I’ve said before, if you have full scale policing, it has been tried for many years and it has not worked.  We need to have a different approach for fighting crime and my approach is to have a dual approach, we have a soft side and we have a tough side and if we want to see change in Belize City, we, as law enforcement, and the community on a whole must give these people who are involved in these crimes an opportunity to try and make the change that they say they want to make.  Now if we are giving them the opportunity to make that change and they are going out and committing crime then you have the tough side that we’ll deal with them.  For far too long we have had situations where, “oh, because a person is involved in gangs we believe that they are no good, they are no good for society.  Each of us were born innately with something good in us and we want to see that we could help these people bring out the good in them and if we are trying to help them and they do not buy into what it is we are trying to do then by all means.  Then the tough aspect of policing will have to come in and deal with them and that is my approach to it.”

 

So tonight, a truce between opposing factions within the Ghost Town Gang remains in effect.  Belize City police, nonetheless, maintain their presence in the crime-ridden community.

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2 Responses for “Chester Williams on Ghost Town Intervention”

  1. Elgin Martinez says:

    @ Sr. Supt Chester Williams: I applaud what you’re trying to do, however your statement is contradictory.Your premise is that full scale policing has been tried for several years and it has not worked.Hence the reason you’re trying the dual approach.But yet in your conclusion you stated that if these criminals don’t buy into what it is you’re trying to do,then the tough aspect of policing will have to come into effect. My question is ,why would you want to go back to something you stated have not worked after been tried for many years?

  2. Timber says:

    LOL. You all are a joke! Why are we negotiating with criminals? Also, our laws should be upheld that if it can be ascertained that someone has carried out a crime or, there’s enough evidence to arrest someone for a crime, the state should proceed with prosecution, whether the victim wants to or not. This is what encourages more crime to occur and impunity, as the reporter so duly noted. Hang some of these SOB’s or gun them down in the streets. This won’t stop until someone goes after a family member of Barrow or one of these ministers. I don’t wish it , but that’s what is going to have to happen.

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