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Sep 11, 2019

Change in Corozal Police Formation Raises Eyebrows

Chester Williams

There is more from the police; a change in command in the Corozal Police Formation is planned. Regional Commander Senior Superintendent Luis Castellanos is weeks away from retirement so Senior Superintendent Marcia Moody, who was the Commander for Corozal, will be taking over from Castellanos. Moody, has for the past month been understudying Castellanos to allow for a smooth transition. In another movement, Superintendent John Sanchez is taking command of the Corozal Police Formation. Sanchez’s deputy will be Inspector Dennis Lopez. Lopez was charged in 2010 for the near-fatal shooting of Steven Buckley. He is facing charges of Attempted Murder and Dangerous Harm and has yet to be tried. When asked today, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams does not believe that Lopez’s promotion should stir up controversy.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“I don’t see why that will cause a controversy. Mr. Lopez has not been convicted in any court of law. He has been out there in interdiction for over ten years which is totally wrong. Because of the fact that he has not yet been tried and he has been out there left, collecting a salary doing nothing so he was brought back to work. If it is that the matter is tried and he is convicted then we move from there.”

 

Reporter

“Does it create any issues that reassuring the public that justice will be served and under your watch people who do wrong things will be reprimanded?”

 

Chester Williams

“Of course, I have always said that. I maintain the fact that if an officer does something wrong, he or she will face the consequence of that. The man has been out there for over ten years which by virtue of our constitution which says that a man should be tried in a reasonable amount of time. To be out there for over ten years without a trial is very unreasonable and we cannot leave the man out there just like that. He is being brought back to work after ten years and just like anybody else he is presumed to be innocent until a court of law finds him guilty.”


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