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Sep 5, 2018

Powers Will Not be Abused, Says Chester Williams

Chester Williams

There have been mounting reports of police brutality and the abuse of power at the hands of the Gang Suppression Unit. There is concern that the declaration of a state of public emergency on the south side may provide rogue cops with the legal authority to use excessive force against the citizenry.  Now, the proclamation appears to be a form of preventative detention; there were two previous attempts to amend the constitution to introduce this legislation, but were withdrawn due to public outcry.  The police will now also have additional powers, which the acting Commissioner of Police says will not be abused. Williams assures that the lives of law-abiding citizens will not be affected and dialogue will continue with those gangs that have been cooperating with the department.

 

Chester Williams, Acting ComPol

“We do not intend to abuse those powers that will be bestowed upon us by the proclamation. We will continue to discharge our duties in a manner that is respectful to the rights and freedom of all, especially our law-abiding citizens. We do not intend to disrupt the normal lives of those persons who live within those two areas in any way shape of form. However, if it is that they are condoning criminal activities or gang activities, then they can be sure that the police will be coming to their homes. But we do not want the public to believe that because we have a state of emergency that the ordinary lives of people will be disrupted by the state of emergencies in those areas. The stores in those areas will be left to remain open as per normal.”

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