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Jan 20, 2023

Police Officer on Interdiction and Ex Policeman are Charged for Murder

A police officer who was on interdiction and a former policeman have been charged jointly for the murder of forty-three-year-old Elvis Polanco.  The San Pedro businessman was robbed, before being shot and killed allegedly by the two men who are now in custody.  Today, Edward Moraga and Winfield Mortis were arrested and charged for the incident that occurred on November nineteenth, 2022.


Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“In respect to the murder of Mr. Polanco in San Pedro, we have received directives from the Director of Public Prosecutions to proceed with murder charges against PC Mortis and ex police officer Moraga… he has been discharged from the police department.  So today, they were charged with one count of murder and I believe that they are to appear in the magistrate’s court in San Pedro… Monday, they will appear before the magistrate’s court in San Pedro.  And let me, again, say that PC Mortis had been on interdiction even prior to that murder and when a police officer goes on interdiction, you get a letter that states that all your powers and privileges as a police officer are in abeyance, which means that you are good as not being a police.  So I need to make that clear again because I know people will have a lot to say, but despite that, we can look at the bright side.  We have shown over and over and over again that even though we do not get credit for it, that when our officers step out of line, we do what needs to be done to hold them accountable.  We investigate as best we can to collect the evidence and hold them accountable.”

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