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Jun 22, 2020

ComPol Says Officers in Lake I Enforcing Curfew Law

Chester Williams

The incident was captured in video and Yorke and Neal families have their convictions about what transpired on Sunday night on Berry Street in the Lake independence.  A video capturing the police mobile taking away two men has gone viral on social media. While it is not clear if it is the same incident, today, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that police were in the Lake Independence area enforcing the law as it relates to the curfew.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“I know that last night, police in the Saint Martin’s area encountered a group of young men; this was during curfew hours. They were throwing missiles at each other. Police pursued them and during the pursuit, police fired one or two warning shots. Some of the young men were detained and had been charged for breach of curfew and others escaped, but police is looking for them and once they are caught they will be charged as well for breach of curfew.”

 

Reporter

“I know that in these particular circumstances, those persons who find themselves in conflict with officers at that specific moment are emotional, but they are shouting all kinds of accusations against the police in the video suggesting that supposedly the officers overstepped their authority or did anything improper.”

 

Chester Williams

“That’s the thing with us, yo know Ortiz; we tend to not want to follow the law. The curfew law was not made by police; police enforces the law.  And if you know that you don’t belong out there after a certain hour, your duty is to ensure that by the time that hour comes, you get your backside home. You cannot be on the street committing crime and expect the police to give you a free pass. It does not work like that. And these are the things, the amount of insult the police goes through on a daily basis, even when they are doing their jobs.”


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