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Jan 8, 2013

Security Forces shot in air during murder investigation

This gruesome discovery made this morning at an apartment complex at the corner of Plues and Dean Streets in Belize City sent shockwaves to the entire country that the crime situation had spiraled to a point of crisis. Many said that it was basically a fight between the state and the gangs. And that statement was almost assumed a reality following the echo of gunshots just moments after the four bodies of the men were carted off to the City morgue. The media was at the time receiving a comment from ComPol Designate Allen Whylie, when at least twelve shots were fired at the corner of George and South Streets, approximately one block away from where the bodies were discovered.

 

Allen Whylie, ComPol Designate

Allen Whylie

“Gunshots echoes for great distances so it does not have to be one block two blocks three blocks from here.”

 

Monica Bodden

“Those were shots commissioner; those were shots.”

 

Allen Whylie

“Yes I have heard and we are responding to that. Thank you. Thank you.”

 

Duane Moody

“Oh my god; oh my god. Darrel.”

 

Voice of: Resident, George Street Area

“The people dehn di rail up because four men get murdered by the GSU weh keep di threaten to kill dehn and the police earlier say ih noh done yet. And then the people di rail up. The small Indian bwai ina the green suit start to advance front of the people dehn and dehn di call ahn back. The next Indian bwai when dehn line dehn up, buss wah shot di go towards South Street weh nobody neva deh. Then di people dehn start to throw pints and dehn start to buss the shot. Not one shot was buss in the air; every shot was aimed at the public, a gathering of crowd—onlookers—cause me noh have wah child out deh; me only the look. Mister if dah mi me and my child was one of dehn four we kill, I mi wah get wah gun and murder wah police man and die along with my child because the police is supposed to be the law and if dah mi my child, I mi wah murder wah police man and die with my child.”

 

Duane Moody

“I understand that people run for their lives.”

 

Voice of: Resident

“Run, run. Mister me neva run. Me stand up pan di corner there di look on when dehn di buss, but the dread bwai weh deh in front ah me deh in front ah me di shelter me.”

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10 Responses for “Security Forces shot in air during murder investigation”

  1. Storm says:

    Whatever force it takes to subdue the gangs and control the streets is fine with me. Let’s get the job done now, so the streets are secure and the criminals are captured, dead, or fled. Delay will only make it worse.

  2. Retired CEO says:

    The Police Force demonstated a very poor show of controlling the crime ridden streets/area. They appeared very disorganized. They need to to take full control of the streets, anyone displaying or saying anything against law and order or that which appears to be inciting mob action/riot, sholud have been arrested. Men, women and children should be detained, our security forces must take a stand and show a display of force taking full control of the streets/area. Additonally, the police needs to have a few covered wagoons or even some old ambulances to cart off cadavers, etc from a crime scene, as opposed to the open pick-up trucks they are currently using. There is an emotional reaction when onlookers see their expired love ones carried away on stretchers in the back of an open vehicle. Secondly, the media should provide very limited coverage to these kind of situation as opposed to the sensational drama they put on show describing what is reported. They should stick to the facts. Finally, regardless of charges made against the GSU, this should not be highly publicized by the media. Law enforcement should not have to participate in press conferences until the appropriate time when all the facts have been gathered. Lastly, the GSU should change their name to RRU, Rapid Response Unit. It is very difficult to supress gang activiites.

  3. Pelican says:

    Looking back! Were the streets really out of control!! Did we really need the “whole” force out there? We give the gangs far too much exposure/credit/bigness!!!

  4. Southern says:

    The media at it again. Sensationalizing the damn news coverage. the police have the right to defend themselves
    when they are being threatened. Not all police out there are corrupted. And @retired CEO, i agree with you.

  5. ROSS says:

    THEY DETAIN A MAN FOR THREATENING WORDS WHEN HE WAS TRYING TO MAKE A LIVING SELLING HIS FRY CHICKEN, BUT LET THAT CRAZY WOMAN THREATEN THEN IN FRONT OF TELEVISION CAMERAS WITH NO REPERCUSSIONS. THAT I DON’T UNDERSTAND. THE ONLY OTHER OPTION TO BELIZE PROBLEMS WOULD BE TO LET SOMEONE FROM OUTSIDE RUN THE COUNTRY. SOMEONE THAT WILL PUT BACK THINGS LIKE THE DEATH PENALTY. AND HOW IS IT THAT WE HAVE MINISTERS THAT ARE LAWYERS REPRESENTING THESE GANG MEMBERS. I GUESS AS LONG AS THEY PAY THE BILL RIGHT. I LOOK AT THE NEWS AND SEE PEOPLE DOING TIME FOR ROBBERY AND NOT FOR MURDER MIGHT AS WELL I GO PUT SOMEONE DOWN AND GO HIRE DICKEY BRADLEY LAW FIRM AND WALK. BELIZE IS JUST TOO BACK WARDS, THE RICH WILL CONTINUE TO GET THEIR MONEY MILKING THE SYSTEM AND THE POOR WILL CONTINUE TO BE POOR.

  6. Seletar says:

    I read about all kinds of crowd control and “non-lethal” weapons being used in other countries. I think our new ComPol should check them out and see if we can acquire them from someone. There’s one in particular I saw on youtube.com, called LRAD [long range acoustical device] — it simply directs a sound so loud and agonizing that crowds have to run from it or fall down. no injury, but almost instant crowd control.

    Whatever the product, I think it would be a good idea to add modern tools to the law enforcement arsenal.

  7. wayne says:

    i guess the “resident” was the annoying dumb !@#$% shouting total nonsense in the news last night, its people like her that are the problem, no clue but talking bs and causing havoc and uproar – just a plain rtrd

  8. Stephanie says:

    @ retired CEO, I agree with u in every which manner. In situation as such the government really need outside advise n training.

  9. Hatari says:

    As predicted, the Mexican cartels, probably the Zetas, are moving in. And the sad part is that our police and BDF do not have the capabilities to stop them. We need experienced leadership of our security forces and we do not have that either. In other words, “we’re in deep !@#$ now!”

  10. socialist says:

    This is one of the only country in the world where I see the state is being held at ransom by a couple of criminals. As far as I am concerned these criminal gangs are domestic terrorists. The state should never negotiate with terrorists. They are completely affecting the economy of this country by their criminal activities. Over 300,00 people are at risk due to maybe 500 criminals. The state should have a death squad and eliminate them. How long will the Prime Minister of this country allow himself to be a pawn. And wherelse does the state uses tax payers dollars to provide protection for them? Not to mention why is the Prime Minister even holding a press conference to explain what happened? As far as I am concerned the state did the right thing to eliminate them and should continue to do so until they all expire. And for the Prime Minister who is a senior council to contradict the Police. That’s a shame. Stick to your story man. It wasn’t us. They should give me the job to get rid of them. One a night will do.

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