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Another case of alleged police brutality in San Ignacio Town

Posted: Friday, November 24, 2017. 3:26 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: A family in San Ignacio contacted BBN today to express their discontent with the San Ignacio Police Department.

According to Ann Taibo, her son was detained on Wednesday morning and was beaten up and taken to the San Ignacio Police Station. Taibo told us that she has not seen her son since police detained him.

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“I got a call saying that my son is at the police station so  I come down to find out and them said that yes,he is there, they are saying that he broke into Sacred Heart School. ..They say he broke into the building and stole some computer and $75. He just come from caye, he has money. Yes, he says that he was intoxicated and he didn’t want to walk home, so he went and fell asleep under the step and he forgot his phone. When he went back for his phone, police arrested him. They hold him and they beat him, his knees are injured and his ribs. I dont mind if you will do a charge, charge him but  no beat ah and from yesterday, they have we up and down. You ask Mr. Rosado, he give u an answer, you ask him again, like if he upset. It is not the first time that they beat my child, it is the second time that my son was there because police had beaten him up. So I came to the police station and they told me that they knew nothing about that. I went up to the Hospital and I saw him there,” Taibo said. ( video attached)

Taibo further added that according to the information she received, her son is being accused of burglarizing the Sacred Heart Primary School and stealing two laptops.

She explained to BBN that her son was aggressively beaten and kicked on his ribs and was complaining of excruciating pain while in the cell and that was when police decided to take him to the hospital.  She stated that if her son is being accused of something, the police should go through the due process without the need of brutalizing him.

Kevin Yacab,34, has been in police custody since Wednesday morning and no charges have been levied against him as yet.

Taibo stated that she spoke to Officer Commanding San Ignacio Police, Supt, Richard Rosado but all attempts to explain what happened became futile when Rosado allegedly said that he is unsure if Yacab was abused by police.

BBN contacted Rosado who stated that he hasn’t received anything official about the incident but he was verbally informed of a complaint. Rosado explained that he is not familiar with the incident but will investigate if there is any such report.

BBN notes that last week, an unrelated incident occurred in Santa Elena Town where police officers entered a home to conduct a search and a struggle ensued with officers and home owners where several shots were fired by police inside the residence.

Attempts to obtain official police reports on the burglary at Sacred Heart Primary and on this police brutality incident has been unsuccessful.

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