Police Commissioner Criticizes Channel 7’s Coverage of Controversial Death Incident
The Commissioner of Police is chastising Channel 7 for their coverage of the incident surrounding the death of 20-year-old, Jesus Sacul. The father of one died earlier this month after he was injured in an incident involving police. Sacul was riding a motorcycle when he was chased by police and injured in a traffic mishap. Commissioner Williams stated today that he is yet to say what exactly transpired but knows that 7 news’s narrative was not accurate.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I would want to say to the media that how we report things at times can give the public a certain perception of something that is not true and we have had two recent incidents where the media prematurely reported on and it created problems. When I listened to the Channel 7 News in respect to the young man in Orange Walk killing or death I got the impression that Channel 7 was on the scene when the thing happened and I also got the impression that they did a post mortem because right away because their news report was that the police vehicle ran over the man and the man had two broken ribs. How they arrived at that I don’t know.”
Reporter: Eyewitnesses ?
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Well the eyewitnesses were not there. The mother said that she was at home when she heard the vehicle and she heard the motorcycle, she didn’t say she saw what happened.”
Reporter: She said the people who were there told her.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “No. Nobody was there, one person was there and that one person who was there spoke to the police but refused to give a statement. But what the person said to the police was consistent with what the police officers were reporting and let me say that the post mortem examination was done and it revealed that the young man was not ran over by the police vehicle that is not true. But we’re still looking at it. The team of investigators have put together the file and it went to the DPP’s rep in Orange Walk today for advice in terms of how we’re going to proceed with the matter so I will wait to see what the advice is going to be from the DPP’s counsel in Orange Walk and then we can inform you of that.”
Reporter: But do you agree that a post mortem would not indicate if the police clipped the motorcycle causing them to fall over ?
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I said that Channel 7 reported that the vehicle ran over the man, that is totally different than to say that a vehicle clipped a motorcycle which I cannot confirm or deny at this time if that in fact happened.”