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Statements pending in San Martin beating incident

Posted: Wednesday, April 8, 2020. 2:11 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The two individuals who accused police in the San Martin area of Belmopan last week of a brutal assault have delayed giving their statements to police, according to Commissioner Chester Williams.

The older man, 77-year-old Alejandro Chavez, Williams said, wants his attorney present and asked to come back next week, while the younger, 29-year-old Gustavo Pivaral, in hospital, has also asked for a delay as of earlier this week.

Commissioner Williams said in respect of their wishes, they will be checked with until they are ready to proceed and the Professional Standards Branch will do so.

Officers were reportedly patrolling the streets in the San Martin area when they pursued two persons on the streets after eight p.m. Friday, April 3. The cops reportedly said that the persons ran into Chavez’s yard and that is where they went looking for them. That visit ended in one man being hospitalized, three arrested and the elderly man beaten up.  But that’s not all – residents in the area claim that the officers were firing shots indiscriminately on the street that resulted in injuries and more arrests.

Commissioner Williams today distinguished the behavior of those officers from those involved in the ‘sex video’ fiasco in Belize City, stating that while the most the former can be accused of is zealous and excessive force in enforcing the curfew and State of Emergency Regulations, the same certainly cannot be said for the latter.

In fact, said Commissioner Williams, he cannot imagine what reason the latter officers would have had for their actions, especially the Corporal who had 11 years of service with the Department.


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