Posted: Saturday, April 1, 2017. 12:01 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: BBN reported today on an early morning shooting in San Pedro town.
Four persons were injured as a result of the incident in which a crazed police officer fired shots at people’s feet in the middle of downtown San Pedro, Belize’s mainstay tourist destination.
A video has surfaced online showing the disturbing ordeal. A police officer in casual wear, attached to the San Pedro police formation appears on camera armed and firing shots in the middle of a crowd of people on one of the main streets in the town. The incident happened this morning after 4:30 a.m. at the Central Park in San Pedro.
According to police, three people received injuries to the foot and the other person had an injury to the eye. Police say the officers intervened in a fight that started at the Daddy Rock night club adjacent to the park. The incident reportedly “escalated”, however, it is unclear what reason the officer had to shoot at the crowd that had gathered or why he pulled a shotgun and walked around pointing it in people’s faces.
Police say Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie has seen the video and is “disturbed”. As such he has directed the Commander of the Professional Standards Branch to detach a team of investigators to conduct an investigation and determine if any criminal or disciplinary actions are required against the offending officer.
The incident, however, has broken the usual calm on the island and raised the ire of many in the community and on social media. Belize can ill afford to jeopardize its biggest industry because of one dysfunctional police officer and BBN certainly hopes justice is dealt swiftly in this matter. Police terrorism can never be acceptable in the country’s largest tourist destination or in any part of Belize for that matter!
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