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Apr 22, 2020

Police Officers and Coast Guard Members Charged for Breaching Curfew Regulations

Chester Williams

Six law enforcement officers have been charged for being in breach of the curfew regulations. Two police constables appeared before a magistrate on Tuesday; they were arraigned and given bail. Four members of the Belize Coast Guard, two in Punta Gorda and two in Belize City, have also been charged for breaching the curfew regulations. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says this shows that the department is making no exception. But one of the police officers felt that his colleague shouldn’t have arrested him. In fact, in a police officer WhatsApp chat group, an officer poses the question of whether this latest action by an officer may have started a war between cops on the north side and those on the south side. Commissioner Williams says he is having none of that.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Those two officers appeared before the court yesterday. As you rightly said they were charged for being out during curfew hours. Again we have tried as best as we can not to discriminate in terms of how we enforce the State of Emergency regulations. May I saw four coast guard members have also been charged under the State of Emergency regulations, two in Punta Gorda and two in Belize City. That goes to show that there is no exception even when it comes to members of the security forces. If they are out during the curfew hours they are not working they must have a valid reason to be out and if the reason for them being out does not fall in to the State of Emergency regulations then they are in violation and they are not immune from prosecution and in those six cases those officers have been charged.”

 

Reporter

“These guys are saying, I don’t know why north side officers charged we. It is like an agreement that we shouldn’t be charged because we are untouchable, we are law enforces, law men.”

 

Chester Williams

“Well my thing to them and I saw the text message which was sent by one of them, and I immediately called  his commander and  I said to his commander, you need to speak to him because one he recently was reenlisted and two he is still on probation. If it is that you are going to display behavior that is consistent with gang members talk about beef and war then we don’t want you among us. If it is that he believes that a war has begun between north and south, we are not going to have it. He will go and war at home.”


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