“I am a human, I wasn’t supposed to be treated like that.” Jamir Leal, Victim
This past Monday Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams announced to the media during the regular Monday Press Conference that the Police Department was unable to pursue criminal charges against PC No. 2287 Tyrell Rowley and PC No. 1919 Samir Medina. These two Police Officers attached to the San Pedro formation are responsible for the cruel beat down of the Leal brothers which occurred on New Year’s Eve in front of Playa Bar and Grill located in San Pedro.
The two officers were caught on video footage brandishing a firearm at a crowd that had gathered and using excessive force on the two civilians already subdued. The video shows one of the Officers kicking the civilian in the head as if it was a football.
On Monday, COMPOL Williams said that they were unable to pursue criminal charges because the victims did not want to cooperate with investigators despite two separate attempts. However, the Police Department pursued the matter internally and placed both officers on interdiction and charged them with prejudice to good order and conduct and allowing a civilian to beat a person while in their custody.
The situation took a 360 degree turn in less than 48 hours following public outcry that both officers would not be charged criminally. According to Williams, he personally reached out to the mother and her three sons and invited them for a meeting at his office in Belmopan on Tuesday morning January 8, 2019. During that meeting COMPOL Williams assured the men “once they decide to work with us to address the misconduct of our officers the department will do it’s best to ensure that no police officer targets them as a result of their cooperation.” With that reassurance and trust in the COMPOL, Leal and his family decided to file criminal charges. The two Police Officers will now additionally be criminally charged with wounding and harm.///