Police Tell P.S.B. They Were Only Protecting Themselves but 5 Injured
Suffering from a black eye in the wake of the shooting, the police called a press conference this morning. While two of five officers have been charged for their roles in the shooting incident, the Professional Standards Branch of the Belize Police Department says it continues to conduct an investigation into the shooting incident. According to Assistant Commissioner of Police Keith Lino, who has been tasked with leading the probe, the officers reported that they were only protecting themselves when they began brandishing their firearms. Even as Lino says the police shot in the air, the video captures the cops shooting onto the pavement. Following the melee outside of Daddy Rock nightclub, as many as ten expended shells were recovered from the scene.
ACP Keith Lino, Commander, Professional Standards Branch
“The Professional Standards Branch was directed by the Commissioner to proceed to San Pedro and to conduct an investigation into the alleged incident. We then proceeded to San Pedro where we had conducted an investigation that has shown the police and the public, they had a confrontation. The confrontation apparently had occurred because the police were dealing with a female who allegedly was under the influence. The police reported that they had handcuffed this female and they were trying to put her under control to be escorted to the police station. While they were doing that it was then that the crowd believed that they had abused the female and they commenced to aggressing the police. The police then reported to us that they attempted to protect themselves and it was then that the crowd continued to aggress them and the police then took out their service revolvers and to try and deter the crowd from attacking them. So they used their firearms to shoot in the air, as well as on the ground to avoid the people from attacking them. The crowd didn’t resist, the crowd of people who were out there, as I said, they were at a bar or a club and at that time the club had closed down and most of the patrons from the club were out on the street. The police reported to us that they were being attacked and having been attacked they used their service revolver to try and put control under the situation that was out there. In that incident we had five persons who got injured, that we found out, the investigation found out. Of the five, we have three brothers who were Cowo. We have Alfredo Cowo, we have Jose and George Cowo. I have a fellow Mr. Enfield who is currently at the hospital. He got injuries to his left eye.”