Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2022. 11:44 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Cayo South Area Representative and Minister of Infrastructure Development and Housing, Julius Espat, says that he was the one aggressed by Police Officer Alicia Trapp at the Teakettle Village Council elections over the weekend.
Espat asserts that he was standing with supporters on the street in front of a PUP tent when he noticed Officer Trapp standing under a UDP tent wearing a red shirt. That was when a PUP supporter took a photo of the officer. Thereafter, Espat argues that the officer approached him and began pointing at him aggressively and saying that they can’t be taking pictures of her.
Espat says that he told her. “You should not be out here participating in party politics.” To which Espat claims she said that she can wear what she wants.
Espat states that he reminded her that she is a police officer and should not be out there campaigning.
In addition, Espat notes that the claims being made by Trapp are completely false since he demonstrated no physical or verbal aggression towards her.
He noted that the entire ordeal was witnessed by Officer Trapp’s husband, the former UDP Chairman of Teakettle village, and a crowd of supporters from both political parties.
In other forums, however, Trapp accuses Espat of being the aggressor. In addition, supporters of Trapp claim that she was within her constitutional rights to be out there and was not in breach of any rules governing police officers.
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