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Sep 3, 2018

An Elderly Woman is Pepper Sprayed as GSU Faces Off with Ghost Town Residents

There was a confrontation between residents of the Mayflower Street area and the Gang Suppression Unit, which raised the temperature in the area. On Sunday night, a truck full of officers descended in the neighbourhood. Sixty-four-year-old Sandra Uter, the grandmother of the slain Ghost Town boss, Kendis Flowers was pepper sprayed, which caused old wounds to reopen. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The presence of the Gang Suppression Unit in the Mayflower Street area of Belize City has once again caused tempers to flare up, following a face-off with residents on Sunday night.  The scene was eerily reminiscent of the mayhem that ensued after the interment of Kendis Flowers’ on March twenty-sixth.  The latest ruckus also involved members of his family.

 

Heather Forman

Heather Forman, Mayflower Street Resident

“Last night about after eight, di police dehn eena di elephant truck, dehn cohn last night.  When dehn cohn last night barely anybody deh pan di street last night.  It was only one male person weh stand up round wahn table weh dehn had, dehn mussi mi di play dominoes or whatsoever dehn mi di play.  Dehn jump outta di vehicle, walk gaan een.  Dehn approach di young man, tek ahn by ih neck and dehn slam ahn down.  Upon leaving from weh dehn done do di young man, dehn turn back fi go out back Mayflower Street.  Me and mi ma standup in front ah weh paat di pink shop deh pan Mayflower Street and one ah dehn box me fi no apparent reason and tell me, “Shet di f*ck up, b*tch.”  Soh I tell ahn I da noh know b*tch.  So di same way ih box me I box ahn back.  When he box me, di next one he just haul out di tin ah pepper spray and he just pepper spray.”

 

The mist from the chemical compound irritated those standing within proximity of its discharge, including Sandra Uter, the elderly grandmother of the slain Ghost Town boss.

 

Sandra Uter

Sandra Uter, Mayflower Resident

“Me and my daughter were standing there and we were talking when one of the officers boxed her.  She returned back with a slap also.  Upon doing that, another officer came from behind and pepper-sprayed me.  See how my skin is.  And they said the word like, “Eff you b*tch.  We cohn fi kill anything, man woman, pickney, anything.”  We did not say anything, only my daughter we get slapped, she da di one weh start to rail up and comment pan weh dehn pepper spray me.  Then they left and went to the lane, I don’t know what they did out there, I don’t know.  About fifty of them, they stand there.  Some came through the alley way there, some came through the back of my yard, I don’t know what they’re doing, spotting light round and round, walk bout, five of them came into this yard and walked out and they left.  When I looked, suddenly they came back in reinforcement.  I don’t know what was their intention, but as I say, di first time dehn pepper spray me and ih wahn be di last time dehn pepper spray me because something wahn done to it.”

 

Unfortunately, the incident has reopened an old wound which the family says has been caused by the police department and its approach to dealing with residents of the crime-ridden neighborhood.

 

Heather Forman

“My ma dah wahn sixty-four-year-old woman and my ma noh interfere with nobody.  She keep herself to ihself, but with how dehn police di behave and di cohn aggressive round ya, ih wahn be wahn blood bath between we and dehn because I noh care, I di get pan di news and I di go live because I wahn dehn know, I tiad a weh dehn di do.  Dehn cohn, dehn disrespect we fu my nephew funeral and thing, dis time ya ih wahn be worse.  So if dehn no put wahn stop to it and mek dehn deal with it and got di conference pertaining to dis weh di happen, dehn need fi do something bout it.”

 

We note that the police department did not mention the incident in today’s press briefing. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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