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Roger Anthony

Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2014. 8:33 pm CST.

Roger Anthony

Roger Anthony

Tuesday, October 14, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: The Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) has been firm in its stated aim is to reduce and ultimately end activities of criminal gangs in Belize City.

But while that has often meant face to face confrontations on the streets, some involving violence, it has also been working behind the scenes, and today it brought forward a once notorious name to say that as of now, he is relinquishing the gang lifestyle.

Roger Anthony was the acknowledged leader of the Ghosttown Crips based on Mayflower Street.

He was charged three times with murder – and walked away from all of them.

Now, he says he is walking away from the choices that led to his problems.

Anthony believes that he can live a more positive life by formally renouncing gang leadership and called for an end to the violence in the City streets.

Roger Anthony currently leads a work crew for Cisco Construction working on various projects in Belize City and says he will find work elsewhere when those conclude.

He expects that he will be targeted for his decision, and information to us is that he was threatened with his life if he did not give up his leadership of the Ghosttown Crips.

But Anthony says he means to change his lifestyle and to encourage his former charges to do so as well.

Mark Flowers

Mark Flowers

Anthony did not offer any public apologies to those he or his followers may have offended, but he said he was now about looking to the future and being a positive role model for his community.

Anyone, he said, can walk through his territory without fear of reprisal.

GSU Commander Inspector Mark Flowers publicly commended Anthony for his action and sent the word that while the GSU prefers to do this type of policing, it will not back down from the heavy-handed tactics that it also uses.

He called on all residents to support this renunciation initiative.

Both Anthony and Inspector Flowers say there was no coercion of any kind involved in his decision, though Anthony says he reached out to God in an effort to leave his past behind him.

 

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Comments

4 Comments

  1. lee flow says:

    That’s a great start. God bless you n may you prevail to a positive life. Amen

  2. Twiin says:

    I know of many ex bangers who are still alive and doing well. Talk to your set and let them know the direction you going in. If they don’t accept that. They don’t love you

  3. Too late says:

    He probably only renounced the lifestyle because it was getting too hot for him. I am willing to bet that if he can gain power and influence again, he will be back in it just as deep as before. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

  4. flo says:

    To both Mr.Anthony and Mr. Flowers, I belive you two can make great progress for the better of the country and for the youth, for your children and grandchildren to come, it’s time changes come, Belize is such a beautiful country, I would love to come home to live but is afraid of all the crimes, but I must say I pray for a better Belize every day and for Godly leaders and God heard my prayers, you keep doing the right thing look out for your brother, you are your brothers keeper, God will bless you abundantly and pray for those who lie on you, for God don’t like a lying tongue, keep up the good work, God can use anyone to bring his people to the word, I will be praying for you for wisdom and protection, look up and give thanks, God can do all things, hope I could meet you some day.

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