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Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017. 7:55 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Following the safe return of Kelvin Usher, Prime Minister Dean Barrow held a press conference at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza to speak on the issues surrounding the case.

Barrow, flanked by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, and Acting Commissioner of Police Noel Leal, acknowledged the immense public outcry for Kelvin’s safe return. Barrow noted that it was a police drug bust that started the whole saga; but that Kelvin will not be charged in relation to the offense because police did not find him on the marijuana plantation.

Barrow addressed allegations made on social media and other media, that the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) was somehow involved in Kelvin’s disappearance. He noted the issue has caused him and his government to take an analytical look at the GSU’s functions.

“For some time now the lamentations about the manner in which the GSU operates have been loud and long and the events prove that the divide between the citizenry and the GSU is altogether too much for us to ignore,” Barrow said.”There is, therefore, going to be at the very least a re-purposing of the GSU. The kind of serious analysis that the circumstances warrant will be conducted and at the end of that exercise, all options will be on the table.”

There has been a long line of complaints against the GSU since its inception in 2010, including a string of police brutality accusations. Those allegations include beating up several persons at a repass on George Street in 2011, and allegations that the unit was involved in a quadruple homicide in the same neighborhood in 2013.

 

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