Top Cop Condemns Officer’s Assault on Detainee, Promises Internal Charges
Top cop, Chester Williams, says he will not make excuses for the cop who was criminally charged for forcing his way into a cell block in rural Belize and assaulting a detainee. Last Friday, 29-year-old, Aaron Flowers was detained by police in Ladyville for questioning in relation to a shooting incident that occurred a month ago at the home of Police Inspector Christopher Martinez. Shortly after being detained, an enraged Martinez then barged into the Ladyville Police cell block and began to beat Flowers in the head with a metal handcuff. The Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, told the media today that Martinez’s actions are unacceptable and says the cop will also face internal charges.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Yes, we are going to write to the Public Service or the Security Services Commission to seek disciplinary charges against him in respect of that matter.”
Reporter: Is he on interdiction? What’s the case right now?
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “That will have to be done by the Services Commission. We are making a request. As soon as that is done then he goes on interdiction if they agree to put him on interdiction. As police officers, and especially at the rank that he holds, we expect better. And if a person is already in police custody there is no need to use force on that person regardless of the degree of force, unless the person needs to be restrained or something of that sort. But when it comes to going all the way into a cell block and beat somebody the way that occurred, we cannot countenance such behaviour no.”