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Jul 3, 2008

Fruit vendor claims police brutality

Belizeans suffer acts of police brutality almost on a daily basis. Joycelyn Castillo’s says she fell victim to such violent acts around ten-twenty on Tuesday morning when she was selling fruits and vegetables outside Public’s Supermarket. Today Castillo told News Five that W.P.C. Therese Allen hurled obscenities at her and in the heat of the exchange, called for backup. That was when her troubles began.

Joycelyn Castillo, Alleges Police Brutality
“Dehn call di police trooper fi me and three adda police come. Wen dehn come Mister Locke come and I mi di sit down inna mi chair and ih start rough up me.”

Ann-Marie Williams
“What did he say to you when he came?”

Joycelyn Castillo
“He seh let’s go, let’s go cause I get wah report bout yoh, yoh di faas wid wah police lady. Wen he come he noh come like wah gentleman, he come like real wah animal and just push me up and push me out ah my chair. When he push me out ah my chair I tell ah no, you can’t do me dat. I tell ah mek di police lady arrest me. So Mister Locke tell me like this, ih seh bitch you noh hear a seh let’s go. And I tell he I noh gwein without my cart. So I tell ah put my cart inna di vehicle mek I go. So wen I tell ah put my cart inna di vehicle ih seh well yuh push it over the bridge bitch. A tell ah I noh wah push no cart. I tell ah no, I noh gwein. Same time Mister Locke push me inna my chest beside di vehicle and wen he push me in my chest now I tell ah Mister Locke behave. And wen I tell ah behave, by di time I swing round again Mister Locke punch me right inna my eye. Police Casey seh if dah mi he, he woulda mi shot me. Dehn woulda have to pick me up off ah di ground because Mister Locke crank ih gun fi shoot me wen ih done punch me inna mi eye.”

Ann-Marie Williams
“Where did he put the gun?”

Joycelyn Castillo
“Ih put di gun in my back fu shot me.”

Ann-Marie Williams
“Officer Locke did that?”

Joycelyn Castillo
“Yes, Officer Locke do dat to me.”

Ann-Marie Williams
“In the open, in the public?”

Joycelyn Castillo
“In the open, in the public. I live wid my bwai eleven years and nobody neva do dis to me yet. Even my boyfriend, he noh knock me and Mister Locke wah do dis to me. I really need justice.”

Castillo was arrested on Tuesday, held overnight and arraigned on Wednesday on charges of Wounding, Using Threatening Words and Use of Obscene Language. She met bail of one thousand dollars and is expected to appear in court on August thirtieth. According to Police Commissioner Gerald Westby, Castillo has made an official complaint to the Internal Affairs Department and the matter will be fully investigated.

This is not P.C. Marvin Locke’s first offence, as in November of 2003, Locke conned a Belize City woman out of one thousand, four thousand dollars as a down payment for a boat she never received. He was charged with Obtaining Property by Deception in connection with that incident.

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