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Sep 13, 2018

Law and Order to be Maintained Upon and After Release of Gang Bangers

Amid the ongoing public discourse on the state of emergency in parts of Belize City is a fear that upon release, there is potential for aggrieved gang members to retaliate on members of society.  It’s a serious concern that may not be allayed by tough talk alone.  Earlier today, Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams attempted to put to rest those worries by reassuring that the police department will maintain a handle on the situation at all cost.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner (Operations)

“When are we as a society going to stop worrying about when gang members get angry?  Why don’t we worry about when the masses of us get enough of what this handful of young men is doing to our community?  Are we going to succumb to one handful of people or are we going to try and fulfill the wishes of the majority who want to live in a peaceful society, in a peaceful community.  If they want to be angry and want to go out and perpetrate criminal or gang activities, I am not going to beg them not to.  If they do that I will know what to do.  And believe you me, I know what to do.  It’s a matter for them. As the minister said, the constitution does allow in the first instance for a thirty-day period, but when you go to Section 18, Subsection 5, it also says that it may be extended by a resolution of the House of Representatives and it can go to as much as one year, twelve months and it shall remain in force unless or until it is declared to, it is withdrawn, right.  So, I guess we will be monitoring how things go from here and we will be in dialogue with our minister and our ministry and when the one-month period is up then we will decide exactly what course we will take to be able to ensure that we can continue to maintain some semblance of peace in Belize City.”

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