Many times, wrongdoings by police officers are documented by camera phones, and the police department has to answer to the public for the actions committed. Such was the case this past weekend when a video of officers firing shots in the St Martin’s area of Belize City. However, according to the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, the officers were not using excessive force in this particular incident.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “They were throwing missiles at each other, police pursued them and during the pursuit police fired one and two warning shots. Some of the young men were detained and have been charged for breach of curfew and others escaped but police is looking for them and once they’re caught they will be charged as well for breach of curfew. The curfew law was not made by police, police enforces the law and if it is that you know you don’t belong out there outside after certain hours you duty is to ensure that the time that certain hour comes you get your backside home. You can’t be on the street committing crime and expect the police must just give you a free pass it does not work like that and you know these are the things, the amount of insult police goes through on a daily basis even when they’re doing their jobs it is really and truly uncalled for but we have a job to do and we have to do that job to the best of our ability.”