Tuesday, April 4th 2017 – The People’s United Party through its women’s arm, the United Women’s Group (UWG), strongly condemns the actions of the Police Department and its response to the behavior of those police officers who were involved in the incident which occurred on April 1st, 2017 on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.
The excessive violence captured on amateur video, clearly showed a woman who was already subdued, being subjected to excessive and unnecessary force by police officers. In addition, excessive force was also displayed by those same officers when they discharged their weapons in a crowded area injuring innocent bystanders.
The response of the Police Professional Standards Branch’s spokesperson during a press briefing on Monday, clearly cast derogatory aspersions about the character of the subdued woman in what can only be described as a desperate attempt at cover-up. In expressing her dissatisfaction with the events that led up to and the subsequent response by the Police Department, UWG President Tanya Santos said, “This is utterly disgraceful behaviour and response on the part of our police officers who are sworn to protect. No person, man or woman, deserves such barbaric treatment.”
The People’s United Party is likewise concerned about the response from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the reaction of the Commissioner of Police which to us, does not go far enough in light of the fact that these police officers brought shame and disgrace to the Police Department.
This April 1st incident in San Pedro exposes police brutality and abuse of authority in a heinous and disgraceful manner, resulting in several people being wounded.
The People’s United Party through its United Women’s Group call on the Government and those responsible to move swiftly to ensure not only that charges be brought against those responsible, but also that proper compensation be made to those who were affected as a result of this incident. We affirm our position that no person is above the law, especially those appointed with the responsibility for its enforcement.