Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2022. 10:04 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Gang violence continues to escalate in Belize City, despite police working on enforcement and the Multi-Agency Task Force, working to address the root causes of crime including poverty. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams sent a stern warning to gang members today that he is no longer interested in solutions involving dialogue and is now taking a more forceful approach.
Williams said that he has given orders to the commanders of operations to begin continuous anti-gang operations within Belize City. Williams says that every time police take a heavy-handed approach, members of the public, particularly those related to gang members, go to the media with complaints of brutality, but he assured that police are going to follow the law.
“Operations will be conducted in Belize City every day and those operations are geared at going after gang members aggressively,” Williams said.
He added that members of the citizenry with no ties to gang affiliates are tired of the constant shootings in their neighbourhoods and he is confident they are in support of the police operations.
“I believe that the people of the city have had enough and they have seen that we have tried enough with them…but we cannot continue to work with terrorists. They behave like terrorists, then they must be treated like one.” Williams said.
His decision follows the latest Belize City shooting in which four known affiliates of the gang from the PIV area, went into Locke Alley to commit a shooting but ended up getting ambushed and shot at by their targets. One of the four, Carrel Sanchez, was killed in the shootout.
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