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Nov 15, 2019

Mahogany Street Barber Claims Police Brutality

Ursulo Mendoza

Well-known Belize City barber and cabdriver Ursulo Mendoza, known by many as Dread or Barba, was manhandled by a pair of policemen attached to the Special Patrol Unit on Wednesday.  The incident happened inside his barbershop on Mahogany Street where the officers parked in front of the establishment to conduct a search.  According to Mendoza, they then entered the wooden building and demanded that his fifteen-year-old son and another individual exit the premises in order to be searched.  He held on to the teenager, before telling the officers to leave the building.  Mendoza alleges that the officers then began to rough him up.  The incident was recorded from several angles by onlookers who appeared on the scene of the commotion.  Mendoza has officered details of the beat down by the officers inside the barbershop, as well as at the precinct where they later took him.

 

Ursulo Mendoza, Barber

“Yesterday I came from Cayo about twenty-five minutes and upon reaching here I opened my barbershop, me and my fifteen-year-old son.  One client, one young man come in come cut ih hair.  Ih sihdown deh, ah neva set up mi stuff as yet, ah di get ready di prepare mi stuff.  I noh know what the police see or what da dehn intention, I know di mobile stop outside di search wahn young man.  Then one ah di officers dehn come eenside and dehn tell the two, my son and di other bwai fi get up and search, right.  I haul my son one side and tell di man, “Boss, dis da my son. Young man, yoh could step outside.”  Check, dis da my son and we just come from Cayo.  That’s what I said to the police officer, right.  Anyway, the police shub my son outside and he come een ya and staat grab things and grab stuff and di turn over stuff.  He neva tell me that he come cohn search fi gun or ammunition or anything of the sort.  He neva give me no definition that he cohn ya cohn search my barbershop for any reason and I cohn from far cohn work hard.  Ah noh wahn dehn police plant or put nothing eena my shop, so I tell di man fi come outta my shop eena wahn verbal way.  Ah tell ahn get the R outta my shop because yoh have no rights een ya.  The man noh give me no indication that ih cohn search fi drugs and ammunition, nothing.  Di man just come een ya di dig up my place.  Yes, I sih yoh di conduct search out deh, boss I da wahn law abiding citizen and I work hard fi my children.  I cohn far fi cohn work, noh fi cohn get abused eena my business.  Yes, when di police dehn come een ya dehn grab me eena my shirt ya soh and when ih grab me eena my shirt now, I grab ih hand and I start tell ahn leggo me, leggo me, yoh di chance me, yo di grab me, and I tell ahn leggo my hand cause ih di grab me fi no reason, right.  When I di tell ahn leggo my hand and I di try loose ih hand ih staat wahn struggle with me and I done no wrong.”


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