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Jan 10, 2019

Charges Pending for All Parties Involved in Bar Brawl and Beat Down in San Pedro

The Crimes Investigation Branch in Belize City will proceed with a criminal investigation against two of their own. Police confirmed on Tuesday that constables Tyrell Rowley and Samir Medina are expected to be charged with wounding and harm following the beat down of a San Pedrano resident on New Year’s Day. But it appears that charges may also be levied on other parties involved in the brawl that happened prior to the police brutality, which was captured on amateur video. According to a document leaked to News Five, PCs Medina and Rowley in their duty reports to the Professional Standards Branch say they responded to the scene of a brawl at Playa Bar and Grill in San Pedro. There, they found five persons involved in a fight and intervened to separate the parties. During the process, Rowley was assaulted by twenty-year-old Jamir Leal, who did not desist from kicking and punching at him. While the statements give the officers account of what occurred, the Leal family have also made a report. So who will be charged and when? That’s what ASP Alejandro Cowo was asked during this morning’s police press brief.


Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“Personnel from Belize City are travelling to San Pedro to gather all the necessary evidence and then compile a file and then we will decide who all will be charged because as you recall, it is one incident that led to another incident. So it is something that we have to gather all the evidence and from there, we will decide who all will be charged with regards to that.”


Duane Moody

“From what we are understanding charges are to be levied on the Leal siblings for having assaulted the business owner, a young lady as well as one of the officers. Can you say whether your department has received these statements from the police officers in question and whether charges will be levied on the two young men?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“I know that the charges that will be levied depends on what the doctor certified the medico form to be. We are in possession of those medico forms already. But as I tell you, it is one incident that led to another and that’s the reason why we are conducting an investigation and we need to go back to the island to get all the necessary evidence so that as I mentioned before who will be charged will be charged.”



“But the investigation is being conducted on both maters—the brawl at the bar and the beat down?”

ASP Alejandro Cowo


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