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Jul 18, 2013

Families of men shot by police officers want justice

Aggrieved families believe that there is a pattern of excessive use of force by the Police. There is the well-known case of Stephen Buckley, who survived two shots to the head and was left paralyzed on the left side of the body. Then there is Ryan Lozano from Ladyville who was shot and killed at close range in the Los Lagos Community. Tonight, Buckley and Lozano’s family are still waiting to hear from the department. Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, reporting

Will there be any form of justice for those families whose loved ones have been the victims of alleged excessive force…all at the hands of law enforcement officers? Many believe justice is elusive since perpetrators are high ranking cops. For Stephen Buckley and Cynthia Usher, they’ve suffered a grave injustice at the hands of the police, and there has been no relief or comfort.

 

Back in April of 2010, Stephen Buckley, then thirty-seven years old, was shot twice to the head by Inspector Dennis Lopez. His case lingers in the court system. Back when the incident occurred, the then Commissioner of Police Crispin Jeffries went on record to say that Buckley’s medical expenses will be covered by the police department. But earlier this week, Buckley told the media that he is being taken to court for the unpaid medical bill owed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

 

Steven Buckley, Shot by Police [File: July 16th, 2013]

“Killer Heusner send mi a bill for sixty-odd thousands and if I noh pay in a certain time dehn wah ker mi dah court. And di bill come again for the same amount a money again. So I wah see the commissioner of police to come talk to me.”

 

Steven Buckley

Duane Moody

“When is the deadline?”

 

Steven Buckley

“Sometime ina this week right yah. Sometime bout like next week I would say.”

 

Duane Moody

“So what are you going to do if you can’t find that money? If the police department is not going to tell you anything?”

 

Steven Buckley

“Well I noh know what to do. I have to just sit down and make that go like that cause I can’t do nothing to it.”

 

Today, the Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, gave a brief comment on the matter saying simply that he will have to discuss it with current ComPol, Allen Whylie.

 

John Saldivar

Via Phone: John Saldivar, Minister of National Security

“I have been following the story and I intend to as soon as the Commissioner of Police returns to the country to have a sit down with him and find out exactly where we are in terms of what took place, in terms of what the obligations for the promises of the police department are and we’re going to try to find an amicable solution to the whole situation.”

 

But while Buckley was lucky to survive the police shooting,  the son of Cynthia Usher wasn’t so fortunate. Today, makes exactly three months since twenty-one year old Ryan Lozana was shot to the lower back; he died the following day on April nineteenth. By all indications, Lozano was shot by a high ranking officer attached to the Ladyville Police Substation during a foiled burglary at a Los Lagos residence. Usher says that her son’s case file now sits on the desk of the ComPol and she does not know whether she will get any justice.

 

Cynthia Usher, Son killed by Police

Cynthia Usher

“As far I’m concerned, there is nothing happening. I’ve been in contact with one of the investigating officers, with the D.P.P. herself. I have now learnt that the file of my son, Elijio and one other guy is now sitting on the commissioner’s desk. What he will do? I don’t really know. I have spoken to him via text messages this week and he says that he is on leave dealing with some professional business. I’ve asked to meet with him to really know what is going on. The officer that shot and killed my son is still working, has been to Japan. Now left the country again on Monday. I really find it hard. I’ve come to terms with this, but inside I am very reluctant to what will come out of this. But I am going to the bitter end with it. Whatever the case may be, they need to give us some answers. A life was taken and for the commissioner to come on TV with the officer in Corozal with the Mark King case and shed his feelings on that and how we was very outraged about that and hasn’t come on TV for none of these three deaths concerning police officers is really silly to me because that wasn’t a life taken. That officer was put on immediate interdiction. This officer that shot and killed Ryan, he has been to Japan. If I am right, he is now in Salvador on our same salaries. We are the one paying for his trip.”

 

So will there be justice for Buckley and Usher… that’s left to be seen. Duane Moody for News Five.

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2 Responses for “Families of men shot by police officers want justice”

  1. the loyal one says:

    I applaud the police for getting rid of all the useless men going about causing harm to innocent ppl. matter of fact they should get rid of all the criminals because taking dem to court will just b a waste of time…they will just walk away free. Wat dem ppl saying dat police dept. shud pay for their bills with our tax payers money? not fair…i work hard everyday for my money to get use in such meaningless ways.

  2. Gerald Underwood says:

    The loyal one you talking BS the freaking police are the criminal what happen to dude they shot twice in the head he wasn’t even the person they were looking for he is a family man hard working the police to be professional that punk ass who shot that man you be arrested and taken to court in the overall the police are corrupted and enjoy taking advantage of people

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