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Jun 14, 2022

UDP Comes Out Swinging in Defense of WPC Trapp; Calls Out ComPol Williams

The United Democratic Party came out blazing against Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, following the Commissioner’s letter to W.P.C. Alicia Trapp’s attorney, Orson Elrington, on Monday. In the letter, Compol Williams noted that while Trapp, in a report to police, claimed that Area Representative Julius Espat pointed his hands at her causing her to apprehend fear of instant battery, her report is contradicted by the statements of other witnesses and photographs taken during the confrontation. ComPol Williams informed Elrington that the evidence gathered suggests that W.P.C. Trapp was the one who assaulted Espat. ComPol Williams went on to note that W.P.C. Trapp is to be arrested and charged for the crime of Common Assault upon Espat. Well, the Opposition had this to say in response during a press conference in Belize City today.


Moses “Shyne” Barrow

Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition

“Police officer Alicia Trapp is going to be charged with a meritless charge, whereas it is police officer Trapp that filed a report against the Minister Julius Espat. But, in quintessential, textbook, dictatorial, authoritarian regime fashion, they have turned the tables on her. So, this is a very sad day for democracy, whereas police officer trap was merely exercising her constitutional right to vote in the village council elections and her offense was to wear a red shirt. My suit jacket is blue, my pants is blue, even my socks is blue, and no one can accuse me of being a PUP.”


Orson Elrington

Orson Elrington, Attorney At Law

“That was not enough, because subsequent to that Ms Trapp was working as a community police officer. I don’t think the police and the press knows of this. She was working as a community police officer and in stereotypical, authoritarian, as a person who seems as though they have a vendetta against anybody who seems to disagree with them, she was transferred to relief that resulted in her now having to work from twelve a.m. to eight a.m. It seems as though that was still not enough because they now have decide apparently or at least through written communication, that they will go as far as charging Mrs. Trapp. This is the type of behavior we see in dictatorships and authoritarian regimes.I remember when the situation with the female police officers who had dreadlocks when it first had arisen, I personally contacted the Commissioner of Police and I said my brother, I don’t know if we are still friends at this point in time, because I have lost tremendous respect for him. There is a certain level where there is no coming back for me”


Michael Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte, Chairman, U.D.P

“I have never seen in my legal time a person goes to the police station and makes a complaint, that person’s attorney is then written to by the Commissioner of Police who acts as defense attorney for the persons who is being complained against, judge and jury and declared the man not guilty. We have been persecuted a few times, what police always tell us? Deh she, we wah charge the man, guh dah court and sort it out.”


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