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Seine Bight Man Alleges Police Brutality

Twenty-year-old Seine Bight Village resident Francis Martinez, a maintenance worker, says he was brutalized by police officers. Martinez was socializing with some friends at Me and You Restaurant when they decided to leave. Martinez returned after scheduling plans with one of the women workers at the restaurant. He says he was then accused of trying to burglarize the restaurant. Here is how he recounts the event. 

Francis Martin, Claims Police Brutality: “I was just sitting there with my bralee, he ordered food and the girl I brought her a LandShark beer and she said to come back later on. And later on she opened up the gate for me and I came in. I told her I would wait a little and I went to the restroom.”

Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: Where is this location she opened door for you ?

Francis Martin, Claims Police Brutality: “First door.”

Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: What place? What’s the name of the place ? 

Francis Martin, Claims Police Brutality: “Me & U Shop. She said to come back later and she opened the gate. I came in and I just went to the restroom. Then a guy came out from the other gate from his room to the bathroom.”

Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: He pointed a gun at you ?

Francis Martin, Claims Police Brutality: “Yes sir.”

Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: Okay then he called the owner ? 

Francis Martin, Claims Police Brutality: “Yes sir.”

Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: What did the owner do ? 

Francis Martin, Claims Police Brutality: “The owner pointed a big shot gun at me too, a pump 12.”

Martinez’s sister, Paula, says police were called and officers reportedly brutalized Martinez. 

Paula Martinez, Sister of Francis Martinez: “It looked like my brother was buying one of the young lady’s drinks that night, one of them that worked there. So it looked like they had their own plan to meet up later on in the night and my brother said that he went back to look for the girl and everything and then it looked like the girl called Bow at him and then Bow ended up holding him down with a gun. So it looked like whatever had happened and everything like that it looks like she called Bow for my little brother. They had already started talking and things like that and whatever they did and it looked like I believe that my brother didn’t have enough money to give her or anything like that and then she called the person, the boss, and then the boss held him down and called police for him whereby when the police came he started beating my little brother, already handcuffed my little brother, beat up my little brother. Those people from the side are saying that they heard my little brother bawling and telling him “Stop sir.” and he did not stop. He broke out one of my little brother’s teeth. I believe that said that only one police went to apprehend him at the spot and that said police beat him up, walked him to the station and continued beating him in the station. When the people that were outside called my mom and told my mom about it and my mom got to the station that night. When my mom got to the station the night they told my mom that my little brother was at the station because he was pending an investigation for rape and pending an investigation for sexual assault. Keep in mind I called the same morning like three o’clock in the morning and I asked them what the reason my brother was at the station and they told me pending investigation for burglary. So I took the initiative and I went down to Seine Bight and then they told me that he’s in Placencia so I went to Placencia and asked the reason why my brother was detained, they looked at me and told me my little brother was pending investigation for the shooting. So keep in mind now you are giving me a lot of story…..”

Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: Where did the shooting happen ? What shooting ? 

Paula Martinez, Sister of Francis Martinez: “The shooting that happened in Seine Bight the said Friday. So now I am going to the station I am wondering now what really my little brother was there for ? They had no valid reason as to why they held him. So now I met the said officer that beat up my little brother the night and asked him what was the reason my little brother was here and if there was a possibility that he would get bail. He told me later on tomorrow, because that was the Saturday night, he said tomorrow we will charge your brother for trespassing.”