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Pc Alicia Trapp Sues ComPol Williams

Police Constable Alicia Trapp’s attorney has filed a civil suit against her boss, the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams. Back in June, during village council elections in Teakettle Village, Trapp was involved in an altercation with Cayo South Area Representative, Julius Espat. PC Trapp took to Facebook, alleging that she had been assaulted by Espat who denied the claim, saying that PC Trapp was the aggressor. At the same time, Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, stated that Trapp violated the Department’s Social Media Policy and would be dealt with via an internal investigation. Her attorney, Orson OJ Elrington had threatened swift legal action if the investigation proceeded and on Friday, he filed a civil suit in the Supreme Court. In the suit, the Commissioner of Police, the Attorney General, and the Police Department are listed as defendants. According to the court document, Trapp seeks declarations and constitutional relief for “the discriminatory and arbitrary decision of the Police Department to punish the claimant for exercising her constitutionally protected rights of freedom of expression and freedom of political opinion.” In her claim, Trapp asks that the court declares that the Police Department unfairly restricted her freedom of expression and political opinion. She is also seeking a declaration that the disciplinary proceedings instituted against her are unlawful, null, and void because it contravenes the sections of the constitution which guarantee her those rights. Reacting to the suit, Commissioner Chester Williams told Love News that Trapp’s lawsuit is frivolous. 

Chester Williams, Commissioner, Belize Police Department: “I have gone through the Fixed Date Claim form which was filed by her attorney and I can say certainly that is not going to hold water. No way. Anybody can sue. The thing is that how far it is going to reach and I cannot hold anything against her attorney for doing what he is doing. That is his job. He is being paid to do that and I can’t hold that against her. She is exercising her rights. The matter is going before the courts and the courts is going to determine the matter in terms of whether or not what is being claimed is correct or if the action we took is right. So it’s a matter for the court to decide.”