The Police continue to actively investigate the incident involving an on-duty policeman and 19-year-old tour guide, Shamar Foster. The investigation stems from a search gone bad at Maya Air at the Municipal Airstrip in Belize City back in April. Head of the Professional Standards Branch Senior Superintendent Calbert Flowers explained that even though Foster is not cooperating with investigators, they plan on using the video as evidence to have the officer in question face the music.
Sr.Supt Calbert Flowers, Commander, Professional Standards Branch: “That matter is still currently under investigation. That officer was placed on interdiction however we are facing some real difficulties, some real challenges because the person in that video who would have been the complainant that person refuses to cooperate with us. He refused to give us a statement but we are still dealing with this officer by the use of the video. He will be going before a disciplinary tribunal and we will try to use that video content to present in order to get a conviction. We will try, hopefully, we can get a conviction using the video however it is very difficult because the person involved is not coming forward. He came forward initially but he refused to give us a statement.”
At the time of the incident, the department’s spokesman, ASP Fitzroy Yearwood denounced what the department called unprofessional behaviour and said the department maintains its zero-tolerance policy for this kind of behaviour.