Commissioner of Police Not Worried About Lawsuit Over Dropped Charges in Derrick Uh Case

Commissioner of Police Not Worried About Lawsuit Over Dropped Charges in Derrick Uh Case

The Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, says that he isn’t worried about the proposed lawsuit being filed by one of the officers who had charges dropped against them in the Derrick Uh death investigation. Last month, in the Corozal Magistrate’s Court police officers, Isaias Sanchez and Rosario Romero, were cleared of manslaughter by negligence charges following instructions from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Initially, four officers were charged with Uh’s death after the teen suffocated to death in a locked police van. One of the officers has reportedly moved to sue the department but ComPol Williams says it isn’t something he is concerned about. 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “The fact that a matter was withdrawn against you does not make it malicious prosecution. The law is clear that the prosecution must have been done with malice and would have had to cause you loss meaning cause damaged to your fame or reputation. I don’t think that what transpired would amount to that. Certainly there was reasonable cause for the police to have arrested those persons who were arrested. Again, it was done based on instructions obtained from the DPP’s council. They are the ones who normally advise the police. And again, if it is that when the investigation is completed in its entirety and it goes to the DPP office now for a full review before going to PI, if the DPP were to find that the evidence was not strong enough against the individuals then the DPP can withdraw which was what was done in this particular instance. When the DPP reviewed the file and saw that, not to say that there was no evidence, but there was not sufficient evidence that she believed would have resulted in a conviction she withdrew. Now had she found that there was not sufficient evidence that could have led to a conviction and proceeded with the prosecution then you would have been able to see that there is some degree of malice there. But the DPP office did what they believe ought to have done in accordance with the law and the the matter was withdrawn against them. So anybody can sue, you know the question is how far it is going to go. And so we just wait and see.”

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