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Family of Nestor Vasquez restate demands just ahead of World Mental Health Day

Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2019. 4:01 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The family of Nestor Vasquez today issued a statement acknowledging the efforts made by the Police Department in ensuring that Sergeant Shawn Walton, and Constables Edward Pitterson and Bernard Cayetano are held accountable for their ‘callous and reckless actions’ on June 6, 2019 which led to the death their beloved son and brother, Nestor.

The Vasquez family informs that the case is now in the hands of the Attorney General and the Public Service Commission.

The family is still urging the Police Department not to treat this as an isolated incident.

“This year alone, police officers have been at the centre of numerous incidents of improper behaviour and excessive use of force. The Police Department is duty-bound to address this as a systemic problem of a culture of brutality and inhumanity within its organization,” the statement expressed.

In addition, the family restated their demand for integral incorporation of mental health sensitivity training at the Police Academy.  

Since October 10 is World Mental Health Day, the family is reminding of their demands and urging the Government of Belize to do more than ‘lip service’.

  1. An acute unit at the KHMH to provide short-term urgent care to persons experiencing an acute and volatile psychotic episode; and
  2. A forensic unit for patients to provide medium-term care to persons whose mental health condition involves prolonged episodes which may pose a threat to themselves or others.

 The family continues to await the decision from the DPP on criminal charges against Sergeant Shawn Walton, and Constables Edward Pitterson and Bernard Cayetano.


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