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Jan 9, 2013

Citizen journalist’s camera allegedly triggered shooting

Terror spread quickly through the George Street Area on Tuesday when shots were fired after the discovery of the four bodies. While the PM and security forces say that they were warning shots, there is video that shows the contrary. A bottle was hurled at police and B.D.F., which triggered the gunfire at the angry crowd. Stepfather of murder victim Albert Fuentes, says that the residents were angered at the abuse he suffered at the hands of the officers just moments before. Marlon Yorke says that he pulled out his camera as he saw the officers approaching in the green pickup truck. They alighted the vehicle and pounced on him; hitting him several times while trying to confiscate his camera. Yorke says that this angered onlookers, who jeered at the officers before throwing the missile.

 

Marlon Yorke, Stepfather of Albert Fuentes

Marlon Yorke

“I’m coming back from the scene and people giving me my condolences and my family and friends giving me my condolences. The B.D.F. came flying up South Street and when I see them flying, I pulled out my camera and just started videotaping like I was doing down at the crime scene. They was telling me that I can’t be doing that like everybody else out there. That’s our right. But anyways, I pulled it out and before they even stop, you hear somebody saying put down the F*ing camera; give it to him. And as the truck stop, they just got out and rushed me. He rushed me, hit me like three times in my face—tried to throw me down on the ground—and all I’m doing is trying to stop them from getting my camera. That’s when pints starting being thrown—leave him alone; he is not doing nothing. That’s when the pints start being thrown and that’s when the shooting started.”

 

Duane Moody

“So this was what triggered the shooting?”

 

Marlon Yorke

“Yeah.”

 

Duane Moody

“But why? Why target you?”

 

Marlon Yorke

“I don’t know. It showed on the camera that it was straight on the people. The news footage showed it itself. And when I was watching it and they said that they were shooting warning shots in the air; you see some people shooting straight. They was shooting straight.” 

 

Luckily no one was injured in the shooting.

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8 Responses for “Citizen journalist’s camera allegedly triggered shooting”

  1. Bear says:

    If they were shooting at the people, there would have been serious casualties. The facts give the lie to that part of his story, at least. It’s too bad a serious crime scene became something of a circus, with civilians walking through and contaminating evidence before police got there. That could make it harder to solve the case and get justice for the people of Belize.

  2. Rod says:

    Corruption rules in this gov. Wake up belizeans wake up you are being killed by your own gov.

  3. oscar965 says:

    the police..gsu…or any other officer of the law does not like being recorded. Many cell phones and cameras have been destroyed by police officers who do not want evidence of how they make arrest..of how they abuse power….or how they act like criminals themselves…and even if you manage to record…you are then harrased by the police to delete such evidence….and if you try to get into a magistrate court…guess what ..it is not admissible evidence….wow!!!

  4. Al says:

    This is what I am talking about, the families of these gang members are a big part of the problem. Mr Yorke is talking abut the police pointing guns and shooting directly at the people, how is it that no cicvlian was killed. If a gun is pointed at a group of people someone will be killed, you know there is a lie in there.
    How did my people get that ignorant. Mr Yorke is making so much noise, why, what is he trying to cover, his son was no altar boy, he was a domestic terrorist, but he is not acknowledging that, he is claiming to be a victim, what happened to all the other victims of these gangs.

    I am not saying that anyone deserves to be murdered, but when you sign on to be a gang member you know that one price you may pay is with your life, plain and simple, that bill was paid by these four. Live by the sword die by the sword, so saith the word of the Lord. Still think there is no God, read the Bible and see the messages left us about how to live and how not to live.

  5. blacksheep says:

    completely agree with u on oscar965….one question Bear.. if they were indeed shooting warning shots in the air then how, pray tell, did a vehicle in their line of fire was shown shot up? i must thank the media for their coverage as they allowed us to see what i personally would have never been able to see as i am not from bze city. Kudos to u guys!

  6. aretha mckoy kerr says:

    yes my comment go to bear these are traind people dnt u think they nowht they were doing this is the belize police were talking bot and they hav no bounderies or follow no rules so just ca no body got shot dnt mean they wernt shooting u peolpe pik the small ting and try chng a tru story and i can speak frm experience i jus left and they try treat me lik criminal ca who i was related to and know that kind of stuff need to stop in belize and all those officers need to be removed ca half of them flex wth the gang and try act like they dnt. belize need new laws and maybe all u people in states get together and help sum way it will be a beta place. my brother you stay strong and no who God bless no one can curse. he got nuff family you police in belize and we will fight back legally.

  7. Elgintinez says:

    @aretha mckoy Kerr the Belize Police force does not have the expertise to pull of something of this magnitude.

  8. Islander says:

    The guys shooting were not cops or even regular BDF. They are members of the BDF elite unit BSAG.

    The issue with a gang affiliate like Mr. York videotaping this guys is that their families can then be targeted.

    Trust me if the BSAG was shooting as York claims there would be countless bodies on the streets , IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME ASK THE GUATEMALANS ABOUT IT. Our troops are well trained and that was a good example at crowd control.

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