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Oct 19, 2020

Commissioner Williams Comments on Red Bank Spat

Chester Williams

Commissioner of Police Chester Williams was asked about the incident in Red Bank Village and he says that when he saw the video, he immediately gave the directive to arrest persons who appear in the video committing a violation. Commissioner Williams confirmed that shots were fired by a police officer who was in the area when the altercation began.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“I looked at the video over and over to see what may have caused it and I could nt see anything but the thing is that they ought to have just continued along their route and go about their business. Why stop in an area where you know is going to be hostile. We have to be careful as to the things that we do.   When I saw it I immediately contacted the Officer in Charge of Independence Mister Zuniga and directed that all those persons who are visible in the video committing a breach of the law whether it is the quarantine regulations or the fire arms act or the summery jurisdiction offences act that they must be brought  into custody and they must be arrested and charge. We have to send a message, loud and clear.   In deed yes there was an off duty officer there and I have spoken Mister Zuniga in respect to that and he is saying that the off duty officer was not in the motorcade but rather he was behind when he saw what took place and he acted. Well I want to be convince of that because from my observation even when the motorcade took off the vehicle in which the off duty police man was in went behind the motorcade so I have tasked Mister Zuniga to appointed an independent investigators to investigate the matter so that we can get to the bottom of what exactly transpired out there.

 

Reporter

“That officer was not wearing a mask.”

 

Chester Williams

“Yes, he was not wearing a mask.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Sir there is an allegation that the shots fired was from his weapon”

 

Chester Williams

“He is saying yes. He is not disputing that he fired shots and we have to at the end of the day be reasonable because when prior to the shots being fired we saw machetes being wielded. He is saying that it was because of the machetes being wielded that he had to fire shots to disrupts what was about to happen. So we have to be fair and look at what actually transpired objectively. What would have happened maybe had he not done so maybe we would have been dealing with some fatalities. So we have to be fair where that is concerned.  I saw the police man and a special constable is one who had a long arm, I believe and the police man had a short arm. One is a special constable. One is police.”

 

Reporter

“Which one of them fired the long arm?”

 

Chester Williams

“Well I guess we saw who had the long arm. It was the special constable who had the long arm.”

 

Reporter

“Did this motorcade have a permit to conduct this activity?”

 

Chester Williams

“They don’t necessarily need a permit to have done so but again like I am saying I would wish the political parties respect the authorities and do what is required and expected of them as leader to ensure whatever they do, do not contribute to the increase of cases in our country.”


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