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Apr 7, 2017

Victim of San Pedro Police Brutality Retells Horrible Encounter

Norman Coye & Darnell Madrill

The San Pedro, Ambergris Caye woman at the center of the brutality that led to police confronting civilians on the island early on Saturday morning has come forward to the press. However, she has asked that her full name not be disclosed. Police Corporals Norman Coye and Darnell Madrill are attached to the Quick Response Team of the San Pedro Police Department. They were on-duty along with several other officers when they responded to a fight between two women near the Central Park. At the scene, they pulled out their licensed service weapons and fired up to fourteen shots, as heard in amateur video that captured the melee. Five persons including three siblings, a female and Enfield Henry Garcia were hit with bullet fragments after P.C. Coye fired shots to the concrete pavement, dangerously close to people’s feet. The woman says she is in her early twenties. She was socializing after work at a nightclub in the area with her friends. An argument ensued between her female friend and others in the bathroom, and she described what happened next.


Voice of: Victim of San Pedro Brutality

“Something happened in the bathroom between my friend and another girl, and this girl gone and tell the Police that my friend knocked her or something like that; so then the Police – well, everybody di seh that the Police she gone to, deh have a relationship; and so the Police come and ih slam my friend head into the wall. And when I get upstairs, my other friend weh da wah boy and wahn next one, all a deh mi di get eena ting, dehn pull my friend and care ah outside. By the time I get outside, the big Police, the one who deh charge, he had ih foot eena my friend stomach, and I approach he. He try shub me off my friend, and dah so two a deh staat tackle mi and wah next gial whe work wid me da Belize City, she and all try pull me, and dehn deh fling we off and when deh fling we off dehn still try to beat my friend. And we continue to try help our friend and three of them come on me – wah big Spanish one, the one eena di purple shirt and the other one. And deh handcuff me and put me fi sid down pah di ground – before deh handcuff me dehn shub me down then dehn handcuff and tell me fi sid down pah di ground. And then one of the Police bax me – the same Spanish-looking one bax me and I try get ih up and it bax me again and I try get up and ih bax me again. Then the other one with the purple shirt, he stamp me – like dehn just the beat up me. Everybody tell dehn that just a woman why unu the beat up a woman fa? And dehn get bex and I don’t know. Right now my friend have bruises pah she and my face swell up sake deh at – slap up me. I still have pain eena my stomach weh deh stamp me, cause dehn mi di beat me like I da mi wah man.”

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