Posted: Thursday, July 9, 2020. 6:43 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Following the end of the State of Emergency (SOE) due to COVID-19, the Government of Belize instituted a new SOE for another 30 days to crack down on gang violence on the south side of Belize City; however,Attorney general Michael Peyrefitte says that law-abiding citizens have nothing to fear.
Peyrefitte said today that he has been speaking to members of the public and the general consensus he has gotten is that people are not concerned about the restrictions that come with the SOE but are rather more concerned about their safety due to the increasingly violent crimes taking place in the city.
He said that people have been calling for the return of a curfew and for the police to be tougher on lawbreakers. Peyrefitte assured members of the public that are concerned about the enhanced police operations brought on by the SOE that they don’t need to worry.
“A law-abiding citizen has nothing to fear in a state of emergency. A law-abiding citizen has no reason to fear the police. If you commit crimes however…you have every reason to be scared out of your mind,” Peyrefitte said.
He added that those committing crime should be in a constant state of discomfort and anything less means that the police are not doing their job. He did note that there are some legitimate concerns about abuse of power by police during the SOE and that those matters will be addressed through the appropriate channels.
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