For: Press Release
Date: January 2, 2019
Topic: Police Brutality
From every corner of our nation, police brutality continues unabated all across our country because of brazen impunity – because in this country we have long condoned the abuse of power and violence against our citizens by those employed by the people to respect and uphold our human rights and dignity.
There must be change, or else it is guaranteed that there will be more victims of unnecessary and excessive use of force by police. There must be justice for our people or the killings will not stop, and the gangs will soon be much more powerful than our law enforcement, and they will retaliate. When the very people who are supposed to protect our citizens are allowed to become the enemy, our democracy is in crisis and our freedoms are under attack. This makes for a very dangerous society.
While there are conflicting reports of what happened between unarmed civilians and the police officers in San Pedro. Excessive force and abuse of power was evident. The officer in question also pulled his government issued weapon, (entrusted to him for the protection of our people) against peaceful, unarmed civilians. These actions are unacceptable. We at the Belize People’s Front demand that these officers be held accountable and the brutalized civilian be recompensed with proper medical attention as well as compensated for all violations of his human rights.
Leader and Executive Members
The Belize People’s Front