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Apr 7, 2017

Woman Says She Was Not Hiding from Police, Wants 1 Other Officer Charged

In the immediate aftermath of the gunfire, the woman says she was forgotten for the moment. But after things cleared up, she was taken home by other cops and did not face any charges. Police wanted to speak to her but on Monday, Assistant Commissioner of Police Keith Lino, the commander of the Professional Standards Branch who is investigating the case, stated that they could not locate her. In her interview, the woman disputes that, saying that she was available all this time. In fact, she filed a report on Tuesday afternoon at the Racoon Street Police Station in Belize City, where she met with ACP Lino and a woman police constable. She goes on to address why she believes that all the cops involved in beating her have not been charged.

 

Voice of: Victim of San Pedro Brutality

“I don’t know because they said that yes, they were looking for me, that I was an immigrant. Weh I come from – Guatemala or El Salvador or place like that? I dah wah black gial, no wah Spanish gial. I deh right da my apartment and dehn police weh work deh know weh paat I stay.”

 

Reporter

“So you are requesting court action?”

 

Voice of: Victim of San Pedro Brutality

“Yes, I am requesting court action. I am not a man to have police beat me up like a man; they couldn’t beat a man the way they beat me.”

 

Reporter

“What are your views in relation to the arraignment of these two officers who went to court yesterday – they received bail, I believe, in the sum of one thousand dollars?”

 

Voice of: Victim of San Pedro Brutality

“Really? I guess the system will always be the system in Belize. Police don’t give a [expletive] about me. Whenever police do [expletive], they just help each other get out and do [expletive] again.”

 

Reporter

“Is this the first time that something like this has happened to you that you have had a run-in with Police? The way that they were speaking about you, they wanted to imply tht you were a ‘trouble girl.’”

 

Voice of: Victim of San Pedro Brutality

“This is the first time. That’s why when I listened to the Police talking I was like, “Really?””

 

Reporter

“What would you want to see come out of this case?”

 

Voice of: Victim of San Pedro Brutality

“They will not get away; they can get a bail of a thousand dollars, this and that, but I swear they will not get away. I watch the video every day, every minute to see a man beat up me, and the police who grabbed me did not get charged?”

 

Reporter

“It was three officers who attacked you…”

 

Voice of: Victim of San Pedro Brutality

“Yes.”

 

Reporter

“And only two of them have been charged?”

 

Voice of: Victim of San Pedro Brutality

“Yep.”

 

Officers Coye and Madrill were given bail of one thousand dollars plus two sureties of five hundred dollars each when they appeared in court on Tuesday. They are to return to court on May thirty-first.

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