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150 arrested for emergency violations during long weekend

Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2020. 1:23 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Commissioner of Police Chester Williams estimated that some 150 persons were arrested over the course of the Commonwealth Day weekend for various violations of the State of Emergency Regulations.

These include not socially distancing, not wearing a mask, not obeying curfew, being out without a valid reason, and so on.

The total number of arrests since the start of April has climbed past 1,000 and is approaching 2,000, far more than is typical for other crimes, violations and offenses.

Included is a delivery service operator from San Ignacio, Mason Berry, who told Channel 5 News that he had gone to Benque Viejo to pick up an order of masks, only to inadvertently leave without them. He was stopped at the checkpoint in nearby San Jose Succotz but before he could turn back to get what he had come for, the officer instituted a search for drugs and then said he would be arrested for moving without a purpose. The whole matter was caught on camera and shared on social media.

Delivery persons are considered essential under the regulations and ComPol Williams said he would leave the matter to the courts to decide.

Meanwhile, in the South, police are counting on local hotel and other operators to help police activities, both SOE and non-SOE-related. For police that includes a directive to take photographs while on patrol for internal purposes. Commissioner Williams made sure to commend his officers and the security forces generally for their unsung work during this period.


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