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Rocio Quiroz on Jesse Escobar incident: “You want respect, you don’t demand it; you earn it”

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Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2021. 10:57 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: As one of his few relatives outside the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court, the cousin of Private Jesse Escobar, Rocio Quiroz, alternated between manic negative energy manifested in insults directed at the accused, at the defense counsel, and at the system in general, and quiet contemplation at such an awful pass.

She threatened at one point to approach the police van, forcing officers to get in front of her and prevent whatever mischief she may have been thinking of.

But there is no doubt that the death of Escobar has hit her especially hard. As she told reporters, “I really can’t describe to you, you know, I’m very hurt. I’m very hurt, I have kids and I’m very hurt. I’m very hurt, it’s hard to explain.”

Informed by her own experiences, she added, “We have no trust in the justice system, we have no trust or respect for the police officers because I’m going to honest with you, you want respect, you don’t demand it, you earn it. Although there are a lot of good police officers, I have had encounters with many good police officers but this is too much.”

While she was not joined by other family members from San Ignacio due to the timing of the hearing, she wants more: “I cannot speak on behalf of them but trust me, I am not going to sit back and let this blow over like a little breeze because a murder charge is nothing, we want a conviction, because many times we hear that case files go missing and we cannot get a conviction, we want a conviction, I personally am not just satisfied with a murder charge.”

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