Justice for Laddie Gillett and Police Reform in Belize

Justice for Laddie Gillett and Police Reform in Belize

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Lyra Spang started this petition to Prime Minister of Belize Johnny Briceno and

We the people of Belize are horrified by the violence perpetrated by our own police force. Laddie Gillett, our fellow Belizean, was enjoying a summer vacation as a tourist in the beautiful community of Placencia Village when he was shot and killed by a police officer on Wednesday July 14th, 2021.

THE LIFE OF A CHILD SHOULD NOT BE A PARTY ISSUE and we call upon all members of the Peoples United Party (PUP) and United Democratic Party (UDP) to unite in the pursuit of justice and police reform for the future of our country and our children. We demand justice for Laddie Gillett and immediate action by The Prime Minister of Belize Johnny Briceno, Henry Charles Usher Minister of Public Service, Constitutional & Political Reform, Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations, Kevin Bernard, Minister of Youth, Sports & E-Governance; Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Minister of Human Development, Families & Indigenous People's Affairs and Moses ‘Shyne’ Barrow, Leader of the Opposition, United Democratic Party and Commissioner of Police Chester Williams to ensure that this never happens again.

To ensure this NEVER happens again, we demand that police countrywide be given intensive training on peaceful conflict resolution and diversity training including addressing racial and gender based profiling in police work.

Demands to: ->The Prime Minister of Belize Johnny Briceno -> Henry Charles Usher Minister of Public Service, Constitutional & Political Reform -> Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations -> Kevin Bernard, Minister of Youth, Sports & E-Governance; -> Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Minister of Human Development, Families & Indigenous People's Affairs. -> Moses ‘Shyne’ Barrow, Leader of the Opposition, United Democratic Party -> Commissioner of Police Chester Williams   -> Officer in charge in Placencia, ASP Alma Mortis SO THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN:

1.     Permanent removal of officers responsible for the death of Laddie Gillett from the police force.

2.     Jail time for police officers responsible for the death of Laddie Gillett.

3.     Public release of drug and alcohol test results for Kareem Martinez and accompanying officer as well as the security guard on duty.

4.     Creation of a neutral outside body to perform regular and surprise audits and inspections to ensure transparency, accountability and officer compliance with Belizean police professional code of conduct.

5.     Intensive training of police officers in Placencia and country wide within the next 12 months on the following:

-       Peaceful Conflict Resolution. Firing a weapon at a fellow citizen or using violence of any kind against another person should be the last resort of any police officer.

-       Diversity training addressing racial and gender-based profiling in police work. Police officers should be trained out of any personal biases towards particular cultures, races or genders so they can fairly and professionally perform their duties.

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