Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2017. 1:03 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Belmopan police are preparing to charge those involved in a protest in Teakettle village where villagers burned tires as a sign of discontent with the police.
Senior Superintendent of Police Howell Gillett, explained that police intend to lay charges on as many as 20 people, who were involved in the incident, on Saturday June 24.
Gillett said that while he supports the rights of villagers to protest; he must insist that rights be expressed in a way that avoids venturing into criminality, which is what the villagers enter into, when they blocked the George Price Highway for about 45 minutes during the incident.
“…We want to send the correct message, so we are oblige to deal with that aspect of acts of criminality for burning the tires on the road,”Gillett said.
The villagers held the protest, to try and spur the police into putting more effort into finding 24-year-old Marky Mendez, a Tea kettle resident, who has been missing since June 21.
Mendez’s family fears the worst: that their loved one has already been killed, and are pleading with officers to try and recover his body, so they can give him a dignified burial.
Family members told the media that they have found clothes and slippers belonging to Mendez, which were stained with blood, helping to confirm their suspicions that he was murdered.
They went on to say that they feel the police have not conducted a thorough search, and they want the matter investigated properly. Police say that they are building a case in preparation to make an arrest.
On Monday night, June 26, 2017, a group of hunters in Teakettle Village found the body of Marky Mendez. Police will issue an official report about the incident today.
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