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Sep 8, 2017

Cops vent on social media; one is reprimanded by bosses

The unfortunate incident on Wednesday during which reporter Marisol Amaya was physically assaulted by members of the Special Patrol Unit on the Tower Hill Bridge in Orange Walk, remains a trending topic in the social media realm.  The wanton tear-gassing and beat down of journalists during the uproar has seen a number of government officials as well as the public weighing in on the use of excessive force.  Regrettably, the unsolicited opinion of one officer, who identifies himself as Corporal Martin Rudiger on Facebook, has raised the ire of many, since his asinine remarks are yet again a poor reflection of the Belize Police Department.  The officer writes that “The media is not exempted from the force of law” and that he hopes that Marisol learnt her lesson. This afternoon, A.C.P. Edward Broaster stated that he has reprimanded the officer who has since taken down the post.


ACP Edward Broaster, Operations Commander

ACP Edward Broaster

“I spoke to that corporal… That is highly unprofessional.  I spoke to that corporal this morning because I was alerted by a citizen regarding his post and I believe he has since took down the post and he will be dealt with for that Facebook post because we have our social media policy where we are not to engage in this sort of unprofessional conduct on social media.”



“Do you take note of the fact that this may be the sentiment of officers who looked on on this particular incident.  Unu da media, unu gaan deh and unu get weh unu deserve because of the way you all behaved when you all were on the scene.”


Edward Broaster

“I cannot say to that or speak to that.  What I can speak to is the fact that we encourage our officers to be professional, we train them to be professional and when they act out of line we deal with them.”

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