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Jul 18, 2019

4 Officers are Placed on Interdiction Following the Death of Allyson Major

Allyson Major Jr.

Four officers have been placed on interdiction following the shooting death of former teacher, Allyson Major Junior.  Major was shot by one of the cops during a police chase that ended in the area of the Swing Bridge on Tuesday evening and caused his death hours later.  The incident has sparked public outrage bringing the Police Department under intense scrutiny. An investigation has been called but confidence in the department is waning. In the centre of the mess, is an officer who had been involved in a similar incident and just recently re-instated in the force. News Five’s Isani Cayetano.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The Ministry of National Security, in the wake of the fatal shooting that claimed the life of Allyson Major Jr. on Tuesday evening, has commissioned a team of special investigators to carefully review details of the deadly incident.  What we know thus far is that four officers are said to have been involved in the vehicular pursuit of the thirty-six-year-old Belize City resident.  When the pickup truck that Major was driving crashed into and became entangled with a commuter bus near the southern approach to the Swing Bridge, he may have already been mortally wounded by a round that struck him in the head.  Bystanders say that the officers fired multiple shots at the fleeing vehicle which, for all intents and purposes, was a clear departure from protocol.

 

George Lovell

Ret. Col. George Lovell, C.E.O., Ministry of National Security

“The police have their procedures and I believe that the entire circumstances leading up to this incident will be investigated and those procedures will be brought to bear.”

 

The officers implicated in the incident have been sidelined from active duty pending the conclusion of a thorough investigation.  The idea of an interdiction, however, has been met with cynicism from Major’s family and friends, including attorney Kareem Musa.

 

Kareem Musa

Kareem Musa, Friend/Attorney of Deceased

“According to the police high command, all four, I’m told it’s four, all four officers have been placed on interdiction and I could only suspect it’s because they are not cooperating with the police and they’re not providing information willfully which is very disappointing.   And in situations like these what’s the point of interdiction if you’re a police officer and you don’t immediately go and report, “I was driving this motor vehicle, the man next to me pulled out a gun and shoot Allyson Major.”  If you can’t even provide that information, you can’t serve me.  You need to be fired, you need to be terminated, you need to be dismissed.  So all this nonsense about interdiction then one year from now dehn wahn get dehn full salary back for this time that they are on interdiction?  That is not acceptable.”

 

Among the four policemen is an officer who has been terminated twice from the department.  On the first occasion he was sacked, despite walking away from a manslaughter charge, following the shooting death of a civilian in 2005.  Notwithstanding his past, that officer finds himself in hot water once again under similar circumstances.

 

Kareem Musa

“I do believe that the family will be pressing for them to charge these individuals because I am told that it’s more than one police officer that was firing shots.  This is coming from the police department acknowledging that there’s more than one person shooting at Allyson Major, that those individuals are charged with the appropriate charge.”

 

When asked about the officer in question, Chief Executive Officer George Lovell refrained from speaking on his past, suffice to say that his reinstatement was justified.

 

George Lovell

“If the person was given a second chance there must have been a good reason why the commissioner, in his right, had given that person a chance.  So I wouldn’t comment any further on that.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.


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