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Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017. 2:49 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: A police officer attached to the San Ignacio police formation is being investigated for a report of police brutality and pulling out his firearm at a minor.

PC Chris Usher is being investigated by the Belize Police Department’s Professional Standards Branch and the San Ignacio police formation.

BBN reported of an incident that occurred last Thursday night in Santa Elena town, in which a 20-year-old driver, accompanied by his two brothers – one 18, the other 13, and some employees were returning from delivering items in San Ignacio town. They met a checkpoint at the new San Ignacio/ Santa Elena bypass where the officer noticed that the vehicle’s license had expired in July.

The officer proceeded to issue a ticket and the driver reportedly called his office to inform them of the traffic violation. The officer allegedly became upset when the driver made the call and began cursing, demanding that he end the call. When the driver did not quit the call, the officer then allegedly proceeded to punch him in the face.

After punching the driver, the minor asked the officer to stop, at which time PC Usher allegedly turned around to the minor and threatened to shoot him with his gun.

The driver has made an official police report and the medico form classified the injuries as wounding. The minor also gave his statement in the presence of his father.

In an interview yesterday, Officer Commanding Professional Standards Branch, ACP Chester Williams said the matter is currently being investigated jointly with the San Ignacio police formation and as soon as the investigation is concluded the media will be notified.

BBN understands that the family is being represented by attorney Michel Chebat.

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