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Apr 21, 2020

Physical Violence Against Roca by Cop is Unacceptable

Today, a joint release was issued by the National AIDS Commission, the Special Envoy for Women and Children and the Ministry of Human Development saying that they are extremely saddened by the death of Ulysease Roca. According to the release, stigma, bullying, violence and discrimination has been sweeping across our nation and manifests itself in the form of police brutality, hate posts on social media and indifferences. These organizations have been championing the equal opportunities bill for a fairer society, with improved public services. In recent days, the police has come under fire for abusive and unacceptable behaviour, one recent case involves the recording of the coercion of mentally challenged woman into having sex.  The release says that alleged physical violence against Roca by law enforcement officers is unacceptable. Executive Director of UNIBAM, Caleb Orosco spoke about the indifference during an interview with News Five.


Caleb Orocsco

Caleb Orocsco, Executive Director, UNIBAM

“At the heart of the matter, he may have been denied medical care and there were overzealous officers who expressed their homophobia through name calling—like Cinderella and princess—and in my mind this could have been mitigated by simply recognizing that medical attention was required.  There are black spots in the police department that would always give it a black eye because they are busy in promoting a culture of suppression and not making a distinction between those individuals that need a little bit more empathy in their response and a little less suppression in the way they must carry out their duties. In my mind it is a wakeup call for the police department to do better, to strengthen their ability to deal with people who are not privileged to speak to hear the comprehend basic language of instruction.”

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