Last week Love News reported on the allegations of abuse of authority by elements of the Gang Suppression Unit on youths in Crooked Tree Village last Tuesday night. After that incident, we also brought you the update of visits made to Crooked Tree by the Commissioner of Police, David Henderson and by Belize Rural South Area Representative, Minister of State Edmund Castro, to meet with the youths and to discuss assigning a policeman in the village while plans to build a new police station there is finalized. Today at the police press conference, Inspector Yearwood told reporters that the Professional Standards Branch, which has replaced the Internal Affairs Unit of the Police Department, is investigating the allegations of abuse on youths.
Police Press Officer
Belize Police Department
“A team of investigators from our Professional Standards Branch visited that area last week where they recorded several statements and hopefully by the end of this week they will release the outcome of their investigation. I know that the Minister of National Security and the Commissioner of Police along with other senior officers and other outside parties will meet with the members of the GSU this week to actually discuss justifiable force and harm with them – this is in light of these allegations that have come up with names of members of that unit.”
Police Press Officer, Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood, says that the police will release the details of a murder in the Toledo District shortly.
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