Taylor’s Alley residents say government apology falls short
The Ministry of National Security issued a rare apology Wednesday to the gang members of Taylor’s Alley who were badly beaten and injured by the Gang Suppression Unit during a raid on March twenty-first. The findings of an inquiry determined that the GSU and police had used excessive and unjustifiable force against Taylor’s Alley. In the wake of the assault the taskforce came under intense scrutiny from the public. Several residents including infamous street figure Arthur Young and Tulio Caceres, believed to be associated with the Taylor’s Alley gang, received varying degrees of injury when the raid was carried out. Caceres, whose jaw had to be wired shut, told News Five today that the apology issued by the government was depersonalized since it was addressed to the media and not the actual victims. Furthermore, he says that no efforts have been made to address the medical expenses they have had to incur as a result of the beat down.
“As a resident of this neighborhood you were one of those who were harassed and beaten up by the Gang Suppression Unit a few weeks ago. Begin by explaining to us the extent of the injuries you received that night.”
“Well da night deh when di man dehn cohn, di man dehn really cohn thru you know like no sense. [Dehn] just wahn bruk up people. Di man dehn end up di mash up my ankle. My ankle still noh get betta and thing yet yo geh di sense. I still di limp up. cut to weh I mi haffi gaan tend to. I mih gah wah fractured shoulder to same way weh I still cyan’t really do no strength pan dis hand dehn kinda way. Then my jaw da mi di main part though. I tek out my wires dehn before di time, my wires dehn weh fu hold down my jaw but I gah wah pin eena my jaw unda my chin yo check.”
“The Ministry [of National Security] has taken a step in trying to mend fences, so to speak, by apologizing but it would seem as though it’s a bit impersonal seeing as though they didn’t come here and asked for Tulio Caceres to say, “ you know what, on behalf of the Gang Suppression Unit we offer our sincere apology.” They just issued a press release to the media and that’s how you found out about it. Do you think that that is enough of a step?”
“Like I woulda say, we noh even know that that mi di happen that dehn ah apologize dehn kinda way. Dah when we di watch news last night [da when we find out] even me surprised but like weh you say too, I noh know da weh dehn di do if that da just dehn strategy fi mek dehn crash it ahn mek ih noh go no further but I still wahn hyah from di ombuds-people dehn to mein cause I think dis need fi goh further too cause dehn gah we di do fu we own lee expense. Like weh I tell yoh nobody no cohn gi we wah lee hands out ahn say dehn wah help we out wih lee bills ahn wih lee thing weh wih di go pay medical wise you know.”
“Do you believe that because you’re not completely satisfied with what they have done that you would pursue further action in terms of taking them to court or trying to sue for whatever damages?”
“Well I noh wah say yes, I noh wah say no but from di further date yes I wahn I go further because dehn bally no di extent ah di damage weh dehn do too mein, you know, all ah we da human. Watch how small me and wah three hundred pound man just kick me eena my jaw.”