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Jun 12, 2018

Chester Says G.S.U. Tried to Reason with Rhaburn

Chester Williams

Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, who has viewed amateur footage of the incident, tells an entirely different story of what transpired.  He goes as far as stating that the G.S.U. officers used necessary force since Rhaburn clearly was resisting arrest.  The family contends that he is being harassed and profiled.  DCP Williams, on the other hand, says that Rhaburn was being sought in connection with an ongoing investigation and that when he became recalcitrant, the officers had no choice but to deal with him accordingly.


Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations)

“I would like to say that the Belize Police Department strongly denounces any form of police abuse.  It has been our practice to inform our officers that they must at all times treat the public with the utmost respect.  But in that same vein, we must also understand that the police do have a job to do and in the execution of the police’s duties, at times they encounter persons who may be resistant to the police.  In the particular incident, that was the case, from what I have been made to understand.  And if you look at the video, the video didn’t show what led to the officers doing what they did, but from what we have gathered is that the police officers went to detain the young man who was wanted in connection with an investigation.  They had a back and forth with the police trying to convince him to go with them and he blatantly said to the police that he is not going anywhere.  Now what do you expect the police to do, walk away from a man who refuses to be taken into custody?  The law is clear that the police should use all force that is reasonably necessary in the circumstances to detain a person who is wanted by the police and from what I saw in the video, the police used the force that was necessary to detain the person.  I didn’t see the police brutalizing him.  They grabbed him, they took him to the vehicle to get inside the vehicle and take him to the police station.  I need the public to understand that while yes we support the public in the sense that police must not brutalize them, we call upon the public to be more cooperative with the police.”

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1 Response for “Chester Says G.S.U. Tried to Reason with Rhaburn”

  1. Fungus says:

    They treated him with force because he deserved to be treated that way, he rob and kill and abuse people..he should be treated like an animal indeed, time to purge belize.

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