Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2022. 3:25 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Minister of Home Affairs, Kareem Musa, has issued his condolences to the family of Derrick Uh and says both criminal and internal disciplinary charges can be expected. He further announced that six officers are being questioned and have been placed on suspension.
In speaking with reporters, the Minister said he had directed the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, to visit the family and not only convey those condolences but also the intent to pursue the case fully. The family is being asked to appoint an individual to be liaison with the senior officers from the Major Crimes Unit that is leading the investigation, in order to head off claims that the police should not be left to investigate themselves.
Musa said the early stages of the investigation in his view shows a “breakdown in protocol.” While there is no formal policy in place for detention, a police mobile should have been called to take Uh to Corozal Town, and that the debriefing was not properly done.
But the Minister added that nothing to date indicates that Uh’s death was intentional; a post-mortem examination is still pending. The National Forensic Science Service is separate from Police and there is not anything, according to Musa, to suggest outside help should be needed or requested.
The bottom-line is that the police is at fault here that his action and inaction and evidence of any foul play will be brought out in the post-mortem examination and will not be covered up.
As for civil damages, Musa said that is in the purview of the Attorney General’s Ministry but that in this and other cases (Laddie Gillett, Allyson Major and Nestor Vasquez Jr. were mentioned as examples), the question should be the quantum of damages and not the matter of fault.
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