Posted: Monday, November 7, 2022. 3:09 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: The Caribbean Federation of Police Welfare Associations (CFPWA) continues its campaign for criminals who attack or kill police officers to receive tougher penalties, up to and including capital punishment.
The CFPWA argues that “attacks on and the killing of police officers have been normalized instead of being viewed as an attack on the state. We note with great disappointment that very few voices have come out to condemn these acts against our members, yet many will come out promptly in defence of criminals.”
We asked Commissioner of Police Chester Williams about the statement last week. He said he was inclined to agree, but suggested that enforcing it would be another matter: “Certainly I would support that not only police – but if you were to kill any law enforcement officer or a member of the judiciary in the execution of their duties, then the penalty should be death. But again, that is still a long way to go. We all know the process in terms of executing the death penalty; while yes, it is still on our books, getting there is next to impossible. So I don’t think we will see the possibility of anyone in Belize facing the death penalty.”
Police continue to seek the killer or killers of Police Constable Lorray Arzu, the most recent officer to die in uniform although she was not on duty at the time. Commissioner Williams told us he had no further updates on that case at this time.
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