Commissioner of Police Rebukes Wrongful Charges Against Businessman

Commissioner of Police Rebukes Wrongful Charges Against Businessman

Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that the officers at the Ladyville Police Station were wrong to charge businessman Aaron Wilson. Last Friday, Wilson had gone to the station to complain about the conduct of an officer who had spoken to him on the phone but was met with an argument that ended with him being charged. The exchange was caught on video. Williams says that, after reviewing the footage, he told Wilson to report the matter to the professional standards branch, so the officer involved could be dealt with. 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I watched the video and the night when Mr.Wilson was released from police custody on bail he reached out to me on social media, on messenger and he also sent me the video footage and after having viewed them I responded to him and said that what I saw does not amount to boisterous behavior and I also advised him to have gone to the Raccoon Street Police Station to make a complaint to PSB and that I will have the matter addressed by PSB. I again contacted him yesterday and spoke to him at length and he said that he was going to PSB to make the complaint. I have not checked with PSB if he did go in but again you all would know that I have a very tough stance when it comes to police abuse and that’s the reason why I do not agree with the statement of the Crown Council from the DPP’s office. I think that the statement that he gave to the media while I agree with some aspects of it I think it was rather more defamatory towards the police and try to paint the police in such a way that it is not really true. As members of the media you all can say without a doubt that over the years you have seen a tremendous decrease in police abuse across this country and it’s because of the stance that myself and the minister have taken. And even the Human Rights Commission, because he copied the Human Rights Commission, the Human Rights Commission can also attest to the fact that the police department has done a lot with them to try and sensitize the police in terms of human rights norms and get the police to adhere to these norms and we have gone at length to make sure that we train our officers in the different human rights norms and even to the extent of printing booklets and giving police officers to be able to make sure that they know exactly what the human rights of individuals are for compliance. So for Mr.Cattouse to have said that everyday the police is violating the rights of people in this country that is not true. It’s a statement that is far from the truth and I think he should retract that aspect of his statement and with that then I would have no issue in terms of what he had wrote because the truth is as a law enforcement organization there is a need for us to ensure that we do our job in such a way that we do not infringe on the rights of people.”

Defense attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley weighed in on the matter yesterday, praising Cattouse for his letter to the commissioner. Bradley says that the issue of unlawful detentions is affecting hundreds of Belizeans and needs to be addressed. He said that Cattouse’s letter was superbly written and will be used in many future lawsuits against the police department

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