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Mar 12, 2015

Residents Allege Police Brutality

Diego Wade

Diego Wade is another San Pedro resident who says he barely survived a meeting with the infamous Gang Suppression Unit earlier this week, and at one point thought they would kill him. Both Wade and Allen are being represented by Attorney Oscar Salgado who says that he is fed up of the constitution being flouted by police. Wade, still bearing the bruises from his encounter, spoke to us today.


Diego Wade, Alleges Police Brutality

“Monday, I just gawn da the football field da DFC gawn play some football. And after the football game, night deh set in, so when I deh look fu goh the GSU deh reach…lone masked man and only me one inna di field, so when they meet me I mi deh without shirt, and they bally just come and tell me lay down and start beat me up, yu know, noh find no gun and thing. Then they bring wah next bally weh they mi bring and beat up, so afterwards they ker me inna di bush, put gun pon me, whap up me with gun, I all bruise up with gun, all my ribs, kick up me, put bag on my head, handcuff me, bend my back, stand up pon my back, all kinda thing they do me. I mi feel like I mi wah dead, yu know, that da the way I see it cause they ker me way inna di bush, deep inna di bush, me and wah next bally and put gun inna fu we mouth and head.”


Oscar Salgado

Oscar Salgado, Attorney for Wade and Allen

“In the case of Mr. Wade, Mr. Wade came before me and he showed me explicitly graphic scenes on his body where he was gun-butted in his head, on his chest where he was bruised, in his back…again all this because the Commissioner of Police sent Senior Superintendent Broaster to San Pedro to clean the island. I am all for law and order. I spent eighteen years of my life in the Belize Defence Force as an officer. When I was an officer walking with a pip on my shoulder the Commissioner was an officer cadet. He was not a commissioned officer. He was a junior officer to me. Mr. Broaster was a Corporal, and I know the modus operandi of the Police, so I know that this is the way the Police operate. I am saying this because this is the third time I have to be in front of the media in the last two months crying about the Police’s brutality and the Police modus operandi in the way they carry on operations, totally disregarding the constitutional provisions for the right and safety of the public. It is good that we deter crime, but crime has to be deterred in a civilized way.”


Salgado says that he will now take both men to the Professional Standards Branch of the police to make a formal complaint.

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4 Responses for “Residents Allege Police Brutality”

  1. Tallz says:

    “Crime has to be deterred in a civilized way”… this is one of the most inane things I have heard someone say. This man is a high figure of statute; shame on him.

    Are these criminals committing their crime in a civilized manner? Torturing and burring people in shallow graves. Shooting up houses at night and killing an innocent 2 year old child? harassing and mugging people who are actually law abiding, just to get a little marijuana money.

    We need to stop “babying” these criminals and start treating them like what they are… sub-human. Everybody feels sorry for them when they go on the news and start showing their bruises. Think about how much bruises and scars they cause to innocent people, physically and mentally.

    I support what they did in St. Lucia, extra-judicial executions; prevent the crime before it even happens.


  2. george says:

    but why is this man apparently the attorney for all the crack heads and most famous drug dealers on san pedro!? this man the cry up for criminals! somebody please slap that man! he is being payed with drug money all his clients on san pedro are well known to the law for drugs and guns OBVIOUSLY the main reason they are the only ones the gsu are targeting and thy are doing a damn good job! once again please someone slap that fat ugly monkey!

  3. army man says:

    unu di talk caz deh noh ketch no body that is immediately related to u guys. unu day wa cum, and i bet unu wa be 1 ah deh same people the complain to.

  4. concerned traveler says:

    diego wade stole $140USD from me and my girlfriend. we spent the week vacationing in san pedro and left with a sour taste in our mouth. i wish him and his family nothing but the worst

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