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Oct 8, 2020

San Victor Family Alleges Police Abuse

A family in the border village of San Victor, Corozal, is outraged claiming they were physically abused by a team of police officers. On Friday the police officers received information of contraband goods being kept at a house in the village. An anti-contraband operation was conducted and eight persons were arrested and charged. According to police, the contraband goods were found inside the house but the family is disputing the information, saying nothing illegal was found. Benjamin Cantun told News Five that charges have been dropped because there is no evidence of contraband. He says that the officers assaulted his family, including his mother. 


On the Phone: Benjamin Cantun, Alleges Police Brutality

“And the officer said that he is going to search for drugs and contraband goods. SO my bother asked if he brought some warrant to go inside the property and search the house. The officer said that he does not need any warrant because they are the law and that they could do anything and enter any house any time they want. So my brother intervened and said that they can’t do that. This is my property. This is my house and you need to bring a warrant to go inside my house. So when my brother approached the officer to no go in the house they pepper- sprayed. At that time like five mobiles with thirty officers reached to the house.  When they reach the house all of them started to go inside the house. My young brother stood up and asked the officer what is going on. One officer shot my brother in this stomach with rubber bullets. The same officer that arrested my brother and that was beating my shot once to his face of my brother. My father sees that the officers are beating my brothers so he intervened with my mother to check what was happening so. So the officers started to beat my father, my mother along with us. At that time I stand by the door telling the officers what is happening, why did you shoot my brother. And he came against me. At that time he beat me up. He broke my nose. The seventeen-year-old, my brother, he was beaten badly, very badly. The same officer that shot my brother beat up my sister in law and she, two months ago gave birth and now she is having problems with her stomach. Whenever my brother was trying to escape he get two more shots to the back, right kidney and his right leg too.”


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“But contraband goods were found inside the house?”


Benjamin Cantun

“No contraband was found inside the property. Noting was found. Nothing. Nothing.”


Hipolito Novelo

“Police say they found contraband in the house.”


Benjamin Cantun

“We don’t have any contraband in the house. My family dedicates its business in selling black dirt in Belize City, selling tamales. We got an Azusa Trooper but what it has inside is white bag filled with black dirt.”

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