ComPol Williams rallies for stiffer public fighting penalties

ComPol Williams rallies for stiffer public fighting penalties

A video of a fight inside Shisha’s Hookah Bar on Newtown Barracks went viral this weekend and has stirred the anger of the Police Commissioner.  Commissioner Chester Williams has announced that he will be proposing to Cabinet that the repercussions of public fighting be significantly strengthened.  He laments the behavior, particularly of young women, who he says have been frequently getting caught up in public fights. He further stated that the brawl in Shisha’s Bar had to do with young women fighting over men.

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “2024 seemingly is a very challenging year for us in terms of policing we’re seeing many unconventional type murders. Murders that emanate from the social setting where friends are killing friends and murders emanating from the domestic settings where families or friends are killing families and friends. It is not the gang related type of killings that we are accustomed to seeing and so that is posing some challenge to us because it is difficult to predict. Nonetheless we continue to look to see what we can do to be able to address these issues and with these fights that we’re seeing breaking out in different areas again alcohol seems to be taking over the lives of some people and when they go and consume this alcohol they tend of behave in such a way that they wouldn’t normally behave in normal circumstances and that again is a challenge to us. I looked at the fight in front of Shisha over the weekend and that again you can see where a number of ladies engaged in fight and from what I’m told they’re fighting over basketball players who came in from abroad that they don’t even know. It makes you really wonder what we’re coming to. Nonetheless some of them are in custody and they will be charged and they’ll be taken before the courts today. I am proposing to the Cabinet to increase the penalty for persons who are engaging in unlawful fight in public. So I think the current penalty as stipulated in the law is too miniscule and so there’s a need for us to upgrade that at and hopefully that can serve as a deterrent to some people to know that if they engage in any unlawful fight in public that it is going to cost their pocket a good amount of money.”

Over the weekend there was another fight caught on video that also made it on social media.  This one happened in front of the BTL Park on Newtown Barracks and saw as many as six young girls fighting each other. 

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