Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2019. 8:18 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Last night footage of apparent police abuse in San Pedro Town went viral on social media.
An officer was seen assaulting a detainee and even drawing his pistol at one point while a civilian was seen attacking the said detainee in front of the officers.
The Human Rights Commission of Belize has since released a statement condemning this incident.
According to the statement by the commission, “The footage is deeply disturbing and appears to be a disciplinable cause for action by the professional standards branch.”
“This is from all appearances and angles a case of excessive force,” the statement continued.
The commission noted that it will allow the internal disciplinary infrastructure of the Belize Police Department, to do their due diligence but requires that it do so in a timely fashion.
The commission points to potential criminal and civil charges not only against the police in question but against a civilian who also attacked one of the detainees in front of the police officer.
“The Commission is disappointed in the accompanying officers who do not appear to intervene nor condemn the vicious kick to the face delivered to the civilian,” said the statement.
However, the commission points out that the action of this officer identified as police constable, Tyrell Rowley, “does not mitigate nor exclude any criminal acts committed by the victim of his assault before the incident and any such action should be met with the full weight of the law.”
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