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Apr 8, 2020

Vicious Beat Down of Elderly San Martin Resident Still Under Investigation

The vicious beating of seventy-seven-year-old Alejandro Chavez, as well as another resident of the San Martin community in Belmopan, at the hands of police officers, remains under investigation.  While both victims had to seek medical attention in the wake of the incident which occurred last Friday night, statements have not been recorded by the Professional Standards Branch.  According to Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, the victims have requested that their attorneys be present whenever they are ready to give a formally account of what transpired.  The men were attacked by a team of officers who reportedly entered the neighborhood sometime after eight o’clock on the night of April third, firing shots indiscriminately.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Professional Standards Branch had gone to record statements from the victims.  The old man had asked that they return next week to get his statement and the young man who was hospitalized, I think he had requested for them to go back either today or tomorrow.  So we have still not recorded their statement as yet and we respect how they feel in the sense that I think the elderly guy he wants his attorney to be present when his statement is recorded and so we respect that.  As soon as he is ready with his attorney he will let us know and then the officers from Professional Standards Branch will go and record his statement and the same thing with the other person.  When he is ready then we will go and record their statement but in the time being we are not able to proceed any further because we need the statements from them.”


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