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Jun 15, 2016

ACP Williams Maintains South Side Murder not Gang-related

Chester Williams

Bonner, who was shot multiple times to the back, head and chest, was accosted by a lone gunman.  While Belize City police are no closer to a motive, they do not believe that the hit on him was gang-related.  As for the suspect, ACP Williams told News Five this evening that should the detention period elapse without any progress, the constitutional rights of the individual will not be violated.


ACP Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“The forty-eight hour window has not elapsed as yet.  He was brought into custody yesterday morning sometime after ten, so he’s just above twenty-four hours so we still have up to tomorrow morning around ten to be able to deal with it.  If we have no evidence then I am not going to violate his constitutional rights, I am going to release him and we’ll continue our investigation.  If later on down the road we get the evidence against him then we re-arrest him.”


Isani Cayetano

“Finally, does this have any element of gang involvement, this particular homicide on Sunday?”


ACP Chester Williams

“As I’ve said in my interview on Monday, we are not seeing any gang involvement in it and this is one of the things that I want us as a society to move away from.  Every time someone is called we try to label them to belong to some gang and when we do that it causes things to be able to flare up.  People who are affiliated with him in whatever way begin to look at things and say, oh well, if he was labeled this way then they are labeling us as well.  Then the persons who committed the crime look at those other individuals as well.  So we need to be more responsible how we say things, especially when it comes from the police because when we say it, people believe it because we are the ones who are investigating, we have the relevant information as it pertains to people’s involvement in different issues.  But the truth of the matter is, from what we know, this latest homicide has no gang involvement.”

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