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Apr 5, 2017

More Charges Coming after Medical Report

Enfield Henry Garcia

PCs Coye and Madrill are on interdiction following their arraignment in the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court.  The gun-toting officers, specifically Police Constable Norman Coye, wounded as many as five persons when he discharged his service firearm unto the pavement during the scuffle.  Enfield Henry Garcia was struck in the left eye by fragments of a slug that ricocheted off the ground, but Garcia told News Five on Monday that he did not wish to press charges and wanted assistance to defray medical expenses. In his case, PC Coye has not been charged.  According to Aragon, the department is awaiting a report from the doctors before proceeding with additional charges against the men.

 

Elodio Aragon Jr.

Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of Police

“It is a regrettable situation, I sympathize with those victims and, of course, the investigation goes on.  And remember, for there to have been a situation like this it’s not only about the police, it had to have involved people from the community that resisted the police’s authority and it is regrettable but, at the same time, like I said, we are holding no bars to carry out a proper investigation into this to deal with the matter as professionally as possible because at the end of the day this is what the department does and no police officer will be spared in terms of saying, we wahn try cover it up or things like that because we will not tolerate that, we will not condone that.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, someone has a bullet lodged behind their eye.  Why weren’t the officers charged for wounding?”

 

Elodio Aragon Jr.

“Well, at this point in time, as any other investigation, we have to get a medical report from the medical practitioner.  At this point in time, from what I have been informed is that they are waiting for the swelling to go down and after they have done whatever they need to do to look at his eye et cetera then the doctor will classify what is the situation and based on that, charges will be laid.  Like I said, this is a thorough investigation taking place and as soon as whatever, however it develops we will deal with the situation and that is in regards to that specific person you are speaking of.  Like I said, this is twofold: criminal actions and likewise dealing with the disciplinary aspect of it in terms of the policing part of things. The fact is that we have men and women and we are dealing with human beings.  Of course we have police officers who, we would want all police officers to be exceptional police officers but at times we have police officers, they are human beings and they make mistakes and they cross the line.  But when that happens, that is why we have a Police Act to deal with it disciplinary and we have a Criminal Act that governs how we deal with people when they pass and overstep their bounds.  Like I said, this is an investigation that is ongoing.”

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