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Aug 15, 2017

Customs shot a man in Santa Cruz, Orange Walk

Though not confirmed, there are reports of an altercation between Customs and a group of Belizeans in the Santa Cruz area of Orange Walk. This village is particularly known for contraband activities and has been difficult to police by the department. The report is that one person, identified as Dwayne Almendarez was shot to the back.  News Five will follow this story on Wednesday.

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3 Responses for “Customs shot a man in Santa Cruz, Orange Walk”

  1. Mark Pech says:

    Where is the Police Department to investigate this case. These are human beings not animals these people shot; these are Belizeans. We The Police Department do wrong the Police officers pay the price and are even scandalized all over the news. What makes these customs special? I bet you search any of these customs apartments in Owalk they are full with all kinda of contraband goods they take away from poor people. Come on Owalk Police its time for you to do your jobs now.

  2. O Walk observer says:

    This situation has been brewing for long, with law abiding citizens having to go through delays in daily commute to O Walk town with BDF and customs officers showing increasingly hostile action. On regular checkpoint, they have their automatics rifles at the ready towards no apparent threat; and lately immigration officers prevent Belizeans from going across the river when it’s the Mexican authority who should be doing the honors. People returning are threatened of being charged with illegal entry?? How can one be charged as such returning home?? People are being denied one of their fundamental rights, freedom of movement that is constitutionally guaranteed. But not in Belize anymore-; also isn’t the BDF role better suited at the border where every day more and more incursions are happening??

  3. I agree with both says:

    I see both points of view n i agree yet people doing illegal activities should realize ‘hey i been caught in the act,best i vooperate’.yet u try to make ur wrong into right.dats not possible.also goin thru our country’s immigration act opened my eyes that yes immigration officials have the right to charge us when we enter or exit our country illegally.our legal points of entry through which proper flow of people is allowed is mapped out in our country n if we don’t go thru these with our Proper documents then we have to face d music.i bet you belizeans on a whole won’t go n try any foolishness over on the mexican side.they easily say ‘cuanto tengo d pagar official?.funny but true. Also any use of force by any law enforcement authority in our country has to be justified.they don’t go out in large terrorizing groups so what u expect?plus when people behave like animals n dont want to cooperate with them and instead start throwing rocks,picking up sticks,machetes…etc.what u think will be d outcome.they are not handed feathers for their safety.they have and arduous job to do all over the country.granted its not always proper but not all offivers are the same.

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