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Jun 19, 2017

Chester Williams says case against Castros had ‘bored holes’

ACP Chester Williams

The Eastern Division (South) police’s official account differs slightly in that the vehicle was parked when the officers approached, but the rest of the leaked report appears to be true. However, the quibble raised by A.C.P. Chester Williams at today’s briefing, separate and apart from politics, is whether police had enough to charge at any point. He said it was left up to the arresting officer, P.C. Caliz, and it was the constable who decided not to go ahead.


A.C.P. Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“The officer approached a man who was not in a vehicle; they would know the charge would be drove unlicensed motor vehicle, or driving a motor vehicle while not being the holder of a valid driver’s license or failure to produce a driver’s license when requested to do so by an officer. But if you are not driving then how can the police, then, come to want to charge me for driving when I am not driving? So that is one flaw in the process that led to the situation. The young men in question were then taken to the police station at Precinct One, and when they got there it is alleged that on the way to the police station and at the police station, they were beaten by the officers, and one of the officers took his phone and was in the face of one of the young man, videotaping him, provoking him to some extent; and that again led to another situation at the police station. The Police do have a duty to investigate, and I want to say this loud and clear: let us take the politics out of the issue, because it doesn’t matter whose children the young men are: what matters is that when Police officers deal with any individual, regardless of who they are, that the law prescribes a procedure by which they are to be dealt with. In light of the situation I can emphatically say to you that neither myself, nor the Commissioner, nor any other politician, instructed the police not to charge, despite the fact that you could have clearly bored holes through the story of the police, the officer was allowed to decide his mind on his own, what he will do – if he wanted to proceed with charges or not, for the simple fact that we didn’t want anyone to say, interference because of who the young men were. The officer in question decided, in light of what had transpired that he will not proceed with the charges against the young men, and he has that right.”


A counter-complaint by the Castro brothers was withdrawn following discussions.


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