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Jun 6, 2019

Chester Returns Fire at B.N.T.U. for Brusque Press Release

On Wednesday, the Belize National Teachers Union fired off a terse press release in the wake of the murders of high school principal Alarice Andrewin, Vidal Yuman and Maria Juarez.  The statement expressed B.N.T.U.’s annoyance over the horrid killings, particularly the death of one of its members.  The union also took aim at Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, as well as the Ministry of National Security, imploring them to, quote, do your jobs.  During a press conference on Wednesday, ComPol Williams was asked to respond to the stinging criticism to which he took umbrage.  Here’s how the top cop responded to the statement.


Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“I would want to tell the teachers union to do their jobs too.  I don’t know what they expect the police to do.  We don’t mind everybody’s homes, we have been doing a lot and as a member of the media, I am sure that you would agree with me that you have seen a marked reduction in crime.  And for people who want to sit and blame the police for every crime that occurs, I say shame on them because we all have a responsibility, including the teachers union.  Teachers spend more time with our children than we do with them at home, let’s be real.  I don’t want to sound off here but we cannot be pointing fingers in other areas and feel like it is not being pointed back at us.  This must be a collective effort and I have not seen any instance where either myself or anybody has been boasting about crime going down.  We don’t do that.  The minister made mention yes, that the statistics are showing a reduction of so much in murders and that’s the reality.  You can’t cheat the police away from that.  We are doing what we can and to say that we are not doing our jobs, I just don’t know what to say, honestly.”

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