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Jan 7, 2021

Gregory Bowen’s Long, Troubling Relationship with the Police

Gregory Bowen

Did thirty-nine-year-old Gregory Bowen kill himself inside a holding cell at the Queen Street Police Station on Monday morning? Thats what police say happened, but his family doesn’t believe thats what happened.  As we told you on Wednesday night, Catherine Bowen says her brother suffered from depression and that the police were aware of his condition.  In that interview, Bowen also shared that she was skeptical of the polices account of what transpired because her brother has had a troubling encounter with the police that landed him in jail back in October 2012.  Our records show that Gregory Bowen was indeed arrested by police and charged with the attempted murder of a cop when he allegedly pushed the officer out of a moving vehicle.  Well, Catherine Bowen says she is pushing forward to take her brothers death before the courts to hold someone responsible. Here’s what she shared on Wednesday.

Catherine Bowen, Sister of Deceased

“Gregory, when he first became depressed the police beat him up. I am telling you he was severely beaten up and after that he became very afraid of the police.”


Catherine Bowen

Andrea Polanco

“How long ago was this?”


Catherine Bowen

“Long very long, I dont even remember.  Whenever he would see the police he ran from them and most of them knew him. Because he started running they used to chase him until they became aware that he was a mental patient so after that most of them just left him there. An incident occurred where the police beat Gregory again because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time where a robbery was occurring. They picked him up, beat him up and then they charged him with wanting to kill a police officer, attempted murder because when they put him in the back of the pan Gregory – a police officer fell from the pan because they were speeding. When they got the station they looked at a camera that was there during the robbery and they found out he wasn’t part of the robbery and they didn’t let him go. They beat him up again and because sewerage was broken during that incident they charged him with damage to government property and because of all the charges he was facing, they sent him to prison. He went to prison for like almost two years for something that he did not do.  We didn’t fight it then – now they are laying the claim and laying the blame that he killed himself.   People may say well every time people want to lay the blame at the governments feet. Well, today I am telling all of Belize that this family is laying the blame at the feet of the government; I am laying the blame at the feet of Mr. Chester Williams the Commissioner and I am laying the blame at the Queen Street Police Station – the Department.”

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