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Sep 15, 2017

Chester to Vidal; Apologize or Face Legal Action

Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal has been served with a letter from attorney Andrew Marshalleck on behalf of Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams for alleged slanderous comments made during a press brief on Tuesday.  In that interview, the Regional Commander of Eastern Division South insinuated that his predecessor basically gave preferential treatment to certain criminal elements in return for them keeping the peace.  Those remarks did not sit well with ACP Williams who is now demanding a public apology from Vidal or face legal action.  On Wednesday, we caught up with Senior Superintendent Vidal and asked him for a response to the threat of a lawsuit.  Here’s what he had to say:

 

Marco Vidal

Sr. Supt. Marco Vidal, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South [File: September 13th, 2017]

“I don’t know if you want to promote conflict or promote peace. I am here to promote peace. I answered a question in exactly the manner in which it was asked. I have nothing else to say on that. If there is anything regarding police then I will answer the police matters then I will. But in regards to that matter, I don’t need to answer any more questions on that.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Sir, so you don’t believe that you have been saying very inflammatory words about your predecessor? He says that he has not said anything bad about you?”

 

Sr. Supt Marco Vidal

“Well, unless you are trying to help him with his case, I have nothing more to say on that matter. I am not going to be helping anybody if it’s their case.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Have you been alerted of possible court action from this?”

 

Sr. Supt Marco Vidal

“Well, I don’t know. I am hearing that from you. I know there is a number of things on social media but I have my own opinion of social media. But as I said, I will not contribute to anything that is being said. I have said what I said and I will leave it at that.”

 

Reporter

“Do you retract anything?”

 

Sr. Supt Marco Vidal

“As I said, I will say nothing else in regards to that matter.”


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1 Response for “Chester to Vidal; Apologize or Face Legal Action”

  1. Uncle Benji says:

    “It is what it is” reads an old sign in the backyard of my great grand father’s home here in Mehlado Alley. I grew up with the signage but never understood it, until now.

    Congrats to Marco Vidal. You have spoken well. “It is what it is”. Chester? Needs to get real. “It is what it is”.

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