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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2019. 2:55 pm CST.

Posted: Tuesday, January 2, 2019. 2:00 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Mayor of Orange Walk town, Kevin Bernard joins the Human Rights Commission and the Belize Police Department in condemning police abuse in San Pedro. 

A video of officers and a civilian beating down two individuals went viral last night.  

Belizeans on social media began expressing their anger at the apparent excessive use of police force. 

Bernard issued a statement today saying that the type of behavior can no longer be tolerated. 

“This type of behavior by those who should be peacemakers and lawmen can no longer be tolerated. A release from the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, claiming that the Professional Standards Branch will be investigating the matter is not enough,” Bernard says. 

Bernard says that investigations done by the Professional Standards Branch are ‘bogus’ and often produce no results. 

“When the Police act like vicious, untrained, out of control thugs, no better than the criminals, and are allowed to walk away, there can no longer be any public trust,” Bernard added. 

The Mayor calls on the Ministry of National security and the Belize Police Department to do the right thing by investigating swiftly and objectively and bring forth charges where they should. 

“Any normal Belizean in the same position would have been dealt with expeditiously and to the fullest extent of the law. Do the right thing,” ends the statement.


 

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