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Cabinet calls police profiling illegal

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Cabinet addressed the issue of the Belize Police Department profiling members of the public in its meeting this week. Many complaints and concerns were raised when Police began taking pictures of people and their personal information at checkpoints. Attorney and former Senator Lisa Shoman was among the first to speak out against the issue, calling it “outright illegal”. Later Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber said that the matter was to be discussed and settled at Cabinet in its next session. So, today Minister Anthony “Boots” Martinez in an interview told the media what Cabinet’s final position on the issue is.

Anthony Martinez – Cabinet Minister

“The Attorney General made it clear that if the police are doing that that they are to cease and desist because that is illegal and so it was trashed out thoroughly at the Cabinet and the final decision after checking with the Attorney General that what they were doing was illegal and that they needed to cease and desist; failing that it might be costing Government some money in terms of lawsuit, that is what transpired.”

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