Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017. 3:00 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: New Commander of Police Eastern Division South, Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal, believes that the era of gang mediation led by former Southside Commander, Chester Williams, did little to effectively stop the violence in Belize City.
“If you would go in and speak to the very people who speak about peace, you would see that there was no peace. And there were a number of underlying issues that prevailed in that same period,” Vidal said.
He added that mediation has continued in Williams’ absence, but under the body that is tasked to carry out objective mediations. Vidal conceded that during Williams’ tenure, there was a perception that some groups were being allowed to sell marijuana while others weren’t.
“My policy is that I don’t give any persons any break in terms of breaking the law. I will not consider it, I will not do that,” Vidal said.
Vidal has been an open critic on the effectiveness of the mediation efforts of Williams and his colleagues, Diann Finnegan and Nuri Mohammed. Vidal suggested that the trio join the Conscious Youth Development Programme (CYDP) and continue their efforts through that avenue, rather than as individuals, who could appear to be pushing an agenda.
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