Family Doubts Police, Commissioner Defensive as Hope Wanes in Solving Murders
While the police continue to piece together the details surrounding Chavez’s murder, his family is calling on the police to do more. His family says they are still clueless as to why their mother was killed in 2018, and are now struck by their brother’s killing. Chavez’s family claims that they never got any answers from the police surrounding their mother’s murder and now they aren’t too hopeful that their brother’s murder will be solved. Today, we asked the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, about the family’s sentiments and if he feels the citizenry has lost hope in the police. The commissioner clearly took issue with the question, and became both defensive and personal.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “It is always the hope of the media that nobody has confidence in the police, that’s their hope. If you speak to people within the area they will tell you that they do have. Every community you go people ask for more police presence, more police patrol you know what that says? It says that they do have confidence in the police so that crap where people don’t trust and have confidence is total bull.”
Reporter: Do you believe that majority of the citizenry has trust and hope in the police department ?
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Do you ?”
Reporter: I said majority of the citizenry.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Do you.”
Reporter: Do you believe as the Commissioner of Police that the residents of the city have faith in the police and trust the police ?
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “You are a resident of the city, do you have trust and faith in the police.”
Reporter: Yes I do have but –
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Thank you. I rest my case.”
Reporter: Sir but majority of the people don’t have trust in the police. The other day there was a gentleman who was slapped by the police – but that’s another topic police abuse, when do you believe it will stop.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “The other day it was a gentleman who broke a woman’s windshield too. When will it stop ?”
Reporter: It did. I paid for that.
Chavez’s murder may have been caught on surveillance footage, but police say they are not disclosing that information.