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Apr 1, 2020

Chester Williams: No More Warnings, Persons Now Being Charged for Not Adhering to Laws

Chester Williams

As you know, a number of persons are already facing charges for not observing social distancing as is required at this time to contain the spread of COVID-19.   To ensure that everyone complies with the measures of the state of emergency, police and the B.D.F. will be on the streets checking those persons moving around between five a.m. and eight p.m. The Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says strict adherence is expected.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Yeah we do get calls about gatherings at home and we do respond. And we appreciate the calls. Some of them, when we do respond, they are family members and they are socializing amongst themselves and that is okay. If it is that we find someone within the gathering that is not from there, then we would tell that person to leave and then we’d warn the crowd. But again I have said to my officers that we have done enough warnings. By now, people should be able to understand what the law is and we need to progress beyond warning. And that’s the reason why you have seen we have made a number of arrests in terms of persons who have acted in violation of the law. And we are going to continue to do that. We have surpassed the warning stage and we are now arresting people. Over the twenty-four hours, we have a few arrests again.”

 

Marleni Cuellar, Co-Host, Open Your Eyes

“What’s the potential penalty?”

 

Chester Williams

“Well they have those who pled guilty in Punta Gorda and they were charged a thousand dollars each. But again, going to the issue of keeping people in custody – my directive to the officers is that you bring the person, you charge and you give bail right away so we don’t keep you in custody. If it is that you are a second offender, then we are going to keep you in custody.”


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