A San Pedro resident was placed in a cell last night in San Pedro along with accused murder, David Gonzales. Joe Chung who lives on the island took to social media last night inciting protests at various points on the island. He spoke to our newsroom to explain his side of the story.
Joe Chung, Detained: “I think it was because of a post that I had made about awareness of domestic violence on Facebook and I wanted to hold accountability because there were photographs circulating around Facebook that had Mr.David Gonzales in the back of a golf cart he was not in handcuffs and he had suitcases and bags with him that looked like he had clothes. And this is all hearsay but people are saying that the police had taken him to his residence to be able to pick up clothing and to shower and bathe and I wanted to have answers so I posted that and I posed a couple of questions of how secure is it or if it’s the proper protocol for the suspect to be able to return to the scene of the crime in order to pick up clothes, or bathe or whatever. I posted that question and I also said something along the lines of how the body has still not be transported for a post mortem because the police had said they were still collecting evidence from the body if that was proper protocol and I did say some harsh things about the local police department here and that is where I made a mistake I should not have done that because I knew I would have rubbed people the wrong way and I think that could be the reason why they isolated me. I was not an organizer of anything, of the vigil they had yesterday for Ms.Marisela Gonzales I was not the organizer for that. I would not be organizer for a meeting that was to happen after the vigil so we can go and find answers. I had just heard about it from other people then I posted on my thread that I had started before that there were people going to gather at Central Park in San Pedro at 9pm so we can go and try to find answers, so we can go to the police station together to get answers for where Mr.Gonzales is if he’s still in police custody of if he’s roaming the freely. That was the intent, it was never to be a demonstration, it was never to be a protest or a riot it was simply to meet with like minded individuals that wanted answers and accountability.”
Chung was two cell-blocks away from Gonzales. He gave us an account of the ups and downs with Gonzalez up to the point when he was extracted to be taken to Belize City.
Joe Chung, Detained: “I was two cells down. He was in his own cell isolated but I did observe him the whole time and he had not left the cell except just to to the bathroom around 6am this morning. There was no in and out from that point that I was detained which was around 9:30 or 9:40. So from that point all the way to 6am he was in his cell the entire time. From six o’clock until about six twenty five to six thirty he was showering and washing up and going to the bathroom and then he went right back to the cell before I guess he was removed for transport to the main land to Belize City. I want to assume that was around eight or eight thirty in the morning when he left the cell.”
Love News understands that San Pedro Police had also detained other persons for related reasons.