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Dec 31, 2019

Baptist Family Claims Police Harassment

The Baptist family from the Police Street area in Belize City is up in arms tonight after police officers barged into their houses just after six this morning. The officers were reportedly looking for drugs and by the time they had concluded the search, Denise Flowers says that they came up empty-handed. That did not stop them from taking Hubert and Brandon Baptist into custody. Flowers told News Five today that the authorities have been harassing members of the family, who according to her, are not engaged in gang activity. Here’s what she had to say.


Denise Flowers

Denise Flowers, Claims Police Harassment

“Every day dehn police harass we fi nothing. Dehn say we di sell; unu job, find it. Sometimes I deh ina mi house, I di sleep, I deh naked, di police dehn buss ina yo house which is wrong. My son dehn di do positivity thing,; they open wah lee barber shop, dehn play dehn football; the police dehn still harass my pikney dehn. I noh di say my pikney are saints, but at the same time, if something happen dah back a Saint Martin, the first place dehn come dah Baptist dehn house. This is wrong. Di police dehn have to slow down; dehn police dehn have to get dehn act together before they come to people like this. We get sick and tired ah this harassment. Every day this harassment with the police and then some come like dehn dah yo ma. Some want think about knock yo, but all dehn police di do dah ‘provocate’ people cause this dah provocation. I don’t know weh di people dehn want outta Baptist dehn.  Dehn just come say dehn deh pan list. Weh list? Talking about my sons dehn dah gang members; my sons are no gang members, they are gang members fi dehn mother. Noh fi no gang nothing cause my sons dehn noh deh ina no gang. Dehn police dehn well and know weh dehn di do. They know the target weh dehn fi go to, but dehn di play like dehn lost.”

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