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Jan 6, 2021

Bowen Family Says the Cops Knew of His Mental Condition!

Catherine Bowen

While the Bowen family is questioning the police’s account of his death, they are angry that the police department denies knowing of his mental state.  Catherine Bowen says that her brother has interfaced with the cops on multiple occasions over the years because of his mental condition.  She says the cops had responded and provided support in several instances in the past when he acted aggressively.  So she is very upset that on Monday, Commissioner Chester Williams told the press that Bowen wasn’t someone who displayed signs of wanting to cause self-harm or to injure others.  Added to that, Bowen says she feels that the Belize Police Department has disrespected her family because she has yet to hear from the higher-ups in the department and the Ministry of Home Affairs.


Catherine Bowen, Sister of Gregory Bowen

“He was in a state of depression. He was refusing to take his injection. Normally the polyclinic would send – when they take so long to administer their injection somebody would come but after a while that stopped so we took it on as the family to try to get him to where he needs to be and when we couldn’t handle that we called the police to assist us you know because it is not easy.”


Andrea Polanco

“So, they have always had contact with him and knew of his condition a long, long time ago?”


Catherine Bowen, Sister of Gregory Bowen

“Yes, they did. They knew of his condition a long time ago.  I am laying the blame at Mr. Chester Williams feet because he got on your news and he is saying that they didn’t know – the part that triggered is that they didn’t know that Gregory was a mental patient.  The issue that we as his family are having is that some of the police officers came to say what happened when it happened but nobody in authority took the initiative to come and offer any condolences to this family. I didn’t see Chester Williams. I didn’t see the Minister responsible for the police. I didn’t see or hear Mr. Johnny Briceño offering his condolences to this family.   Today is the third day. We have not gone to see his body as yet. They are saying that the criminal branch and some other branch is investigating what happened but I cannot take anything from these police because they chancy. I have seen it and experienced the injustice.”


We’ll have more about Gregory Bowen’s death in Thursday night’s newscast where his sister shares about his interactions with police over the years.

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