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Mar 18, 2014

Belize City youth claims police assisted his attacker

On February twenty-fifth, twenty-three year old Stephan Anderson was charged for the Attempted Murder, Use of Deadly Means of Harm, and Dangerous Harm against Augustine. But are the Police responsible, since they knowingly took Augustine to an area concentrated with PIV gang members, and that surely contributed to him being to the neck in a murder attempt? Well Augustine says that despite meeting with Glenn Rivero of the Professional Standard Branch, nothing has been done….and that Rivero attempted to dissuade him from pursuing the matter. Augustine has now sought the assistance of the Ombudsman in the matter.


Andrew Augustine

Andrew Augustine

“They asked me for a statement on what happened and after I give the statement to CIB, they turned me over to Mister Rivero from Internal Affairs. After dehn turn me to he, I talk to he and he mi di be so gentle. The man asked me a few questions to see if I was on track and if I di tell the truth about the officers. So he aked me dah weh pickup and if I could describe the officers them. Immediately in his face you could see where he noticed that what I di tell ahn accurate. Right away the man start to tell me I know the big guy weh mi di drive the pickup and the big guy tell he—just like that he tell me—that the big guy tell he that if dehn mi know that mi wah happen, dehn neva mi wa drop me off ina that area there.”


Duane Moody

“So they are admitting that they did put you there; they did put your life in danger?”


Andrew Augustine

“Yes sir. They admitted to him when he stated that to me. He offered to give me a ride home, in his personal car and on the way home, dah me, he and my sister mi ina di car and he mi di tell me make I noh go to the media and if I go to the media I will not get anything from it from showing my face to other people; other people could get hurt. Dehn done charge somebody already, but right now, weh I di base pan dah di fact that the police played a big part in it; they orchestrated that to make I dead for no reason. It appeared as if they orchestrate that with the same people weh dehn promise to rid the street of.”


The Ombudsman has since recorded a statement from Augustine which will be forwarded to the Professional Standards Branch of the Police Department.

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2 Responses for “Belize City youth claims police assisted his attacker”

  1. Teddy Steinway says:

    Cop to Ombudsman to Cop and so the dog chases it’s tail.
    Why can’t the ombudsman man up and report to the Attorney General HON. WILFRED PETER ELRINGTON. This nonsense needs to go on the record of Peter’s ministry. It needs to be put right under his nose.

  2. Black American says:

    This is terrible and the Police should be help accountable. Even the worst criminal has the right to be treated fairly by police. I know it can be hard to do so given the repeat offender’s, but they still have rights! If they police indeed dropped in off to enemy territory “THEY (THE POLICE) SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH ATTEMTED MURDER!!!!! The people of Belize need to rise up!! Their seems to be a WAR ON YOUNG BLACK MEN!! This make me sick to my stomach!!! I thought their was a place that I could escape the racist tactics of the U.S. thinking because it’s predominantly a minority country, that surely they treat the citizens right; WRONG!! Giving our history why don’t you want to GUiDE and product the youth and young adults? Why? It is much poverty in Belize and not enough jobs, this is clearly a SETUP! How in the world do you expect them to eat? Yes their is disheartening crime and it’s partly b/c their a re no opportunities for these people. If whomever cared about the country or it’s citizens they would assist them by helping them so that they are able to help themselves. Instead of ignoring the fact they really have nothing to look forward to but to be put on remand b/c he/she was HUNGRy and was basically forced to still a meal!! JUST Terrible!!! I pray to the “Most High” to help the youth and make the hands of the government turn this unjustly situation to JUST!!! And please “Most High” make those accountable in all places pay for this domino affect that this has had on this country, Amen… I have love for all mankind but especially my own, My fellow BLACk; no matter near or far!! I see what’S going on and I LOVE YALL WITH ALL MY HEART AND ALWAYS WILL!! I PRAY THAT YALL STOP THE VIOLENCE, STOP KILLING ONE ANOTHER!! yOU KNOW KILLING YOUR FELLOw BLACK IS BASICALLY KILLING URSELF; STOP!!!! NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES YALL ARE AND WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST; LOVE YALL ;)

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