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Compol Williams Says He is Skeptical of so Called Gang Truce

Since the murder of 15-year-old Dwayne Gabourel, the term “gang truce” has been thrown around everywhere. While there is a debate on whether these so-called truces work or not, the fact is that it will take more than just a fragile truce to properly address the issue of gang and gun violence that has become rampant in Southside Belize City. Just recently, 7News reported on a supposed truce between the Southside and Supaul Street Gangs with key members pledging a ceasefire, our investigation revealed that not all seemed as it was shown. Today, we asked Commissioner of Police Chester Williams if a truce really *does* exist between these two gangs.

Reporter: in terms of the gang cross is there a truce between Southside Gangs and Supal ?

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I don’t know if there is any truce like I say I’m not buying any truce until I can see something tangible coming from them that they really and truly want this to end and they want peace. I’m not going to say that there’s no truce no. If they’re serious about making peace and trying to live among us like ordinary human beings then there certainly is no need for no guns they can surrender their weapons as a sign that they are serious about what they’re saying. It cannot be that they speak peace and still maintain their tools of trade because once that happens they’re just waiting for one little thing to occur and then they go back to it again so until they do something tangible to convince me that they want peace I’m not buying it no. “