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Mar 3, 2014

Mother says shooting death of mentally challenged son in the south is murder

Moses Williams

Moses Williams was shot and killed on February seventeenth, on his farm in Big Falls in the Toledo District. Police say they went for the mentally challenged young man to take him to the hospital and he attacked them with a machete. They claim that he chopped one officer before he was shot in the leg, and even so he managed to wrestle the shotgun away before falling down unconscious. It’s been two weeks and Williams’ mother still refuses to believe the Police account of the story. Myrtle Williams says she has done her own investigation on the scene and has also talked to neighbors. And what she has discovered has her convinced that her son was targeted and killed, largely because he was mentally ill. Today she visited our studios to send the clear message that she will not give up, and will continue fighting to get to the bottom of her son’s death, which she says was murder, plain and simple.

 

Myrtle Williams, Mother of Man Killed by Police

“In December, he came up to Belmopan where I live right now and he told me Mommy…this is the part that hurt me…Mommy, get me a gun. I said why…and he said because in Big Falls they want to kill me. That’s in December. I told him no. I will not do that. I don’t want him to get into trouble. So he slept there the following day. I gave him money and some things and he went back home. On February the seventeenth he was dead by Police and the Special Constable who went there. I don’t know why. Just that they know that he had a little bit of a mental problem they didn’t want him around the village. He hadn’t hurt anyone. Sometimes if you tell him something he would curse them or tell him something but that’s all he did. He never took something and hurt them.”

 

Mike Rudon

Myrtle Williams

“So you are satisfied that this was murder?”

 

Myrtle Williams

“It was murder. And the same Police who shot him told him one day in front of Caliz Bar…he was walking on the road in front of a lot of people. He went up to him and provoked him, pushed him around, cursing him and pushing him around so that he could respond and they could hurt him and he told him “I will kill you.” But he didn’t do it then. People saw it and people came and told me as soon as I reached. So I know this thing was planned.”

 

After the death of Williams, the Mental Health Association issued a release in which they called his death unnecessary. The Association stated that if the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner had been consulted before Police went to Williams’ home, she might have been able to defuse the situation without the use of force.

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