Police officers bully-ragged elected representative – Belize

Dear Police Officers of Belize,

Barbara NoralesI watched in horror as you roughed up, man-handled and bully-ragged members of the media, citizens and an Elected Representative today. As far as you are concerned you were doing your duty and I guess the need for excessive force had to be sanctioned by your Government Leaders. In your effort to remove Hon. Espat, you all are climbing over chairs in the house, dragging Hon. Espat has created the biggest disrespect in the Hon. House. I don’t think you guys should have allowed any sitting Government to have you sink so low.

If you are paying attention the same thing was done when it was time to get rid of the Musa Government. What happened then? Some of you were pinpointed, targeted and then transferred, put in position to punish, no promotion because you violated members of this same party you are now protecting. It is hard for me to fathom that you are now participating in the same thing again, don’t you think that your future will be at stake if and when a Government change? More so, have you all seen a significant development in your living conditions and benefits. Do you think that live will change for you all? At the end of the day you just get hated by the same communities you are there to protect & serve.

I am sure that the Speaker could have called a recess in the house and have an Officer sensibly ask Hon. Espat not to return and avoid the bullshit the world now sees on Television. My thoughts are about when Hon. Marcel Cardona, who was a sitting Minister of this Government was stoned in the house by some party fanatic sitting in the Gallery, I don’t remember the Police rushing or dragging that person out of the house or even arresting him.

You see my officers and fellow brothers, a lot of you know your fate and condition in your jobs, you are aware of the kisses by favor in which promotions are done. You are aware of the move to readily separate some of you from your families. You have seen time and time again the thanklessness in your dedication to your jobs. Stop allowing the system to turn you all into monster under the guise that you will be protected, promoted or transferred to where you think you want to go.

Come together and start demanding better Health benefits for yourselves and your family, start demanding that the working conditions and spaces in your Police Stations, especially the bathrooms get a face lift and many other conditions of your employment that can become better. And you all know that I hold one of your Officers near and dear to my heart. You can all do better.

Sincerely,

Barbara Norales

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