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Jun 23, 2017

Chunox Case Open, But Castros Get Away

The shooting death of Richard Garcia in Chunox Village two Fridays ago involved a group of four officers who were responding to a request made by a villager to evict an unwanted tenant.  The officers allege that they were accosted by a machete-wielding Garcia and had no other choice but to use lethal force to subdue him.  In the wake of the incident, an internal investigation has been launched by the Professional Standards Branch to determine whether the use of deadly force was justified.  While ComPol Whylie briefly touched on the fatal shooting, he also spoke on the Castro brothers ordeal and the controversial course of action taken by Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams.

 

Allen Whylie

Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

“The investigation is ongoing, it has not yet been concluded.  A number of statements were recorded from witnesses, as well as the officers who were present.  As soon as that case is concluded that file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecution and she will advise us on the way forward.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, and then also the Castro brothers.  That basically became a big story simply because it breached a lot of internal procedures.  When you look at the CIMS issue and particularly when you look at the internal memorandum that was sent from your desk in January, saying that there should be no negotiations.  Once a crime is committed, charges are to be filed.”

 

Wasani & Jafari Castro

Allen Whylie

“Yes, I understand that.  I have been briefed by the commander and I will say that he has said what occurred and the reason why he took the actions he did and I will say that I support him in terms of the actions that he took.”

 

Reporter

“Won’t you question the way or the way things evolved, the way things took place.  I understand he’s a commander and you have to have confidence in him as a commander because you placed him there, but they do falter at times as well.  Has it not perhaps occurred to you that they probably did something wrong or went against procedures?”

 

Allen Whylie

“No.  As I said, he briefed in terms of what occurred, based on his review and follow up with the various individuals and I am satisfied in terms of the decision he took and I consider the matter closed.  As I said to him.”

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