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On Tuesday we reported on a bar brawl that left a pair of brothers with head injuries. One of the injured men was 22 year old police officer attached to the Belize City Eastern Division, Javier Noble. Noble reported to police that on Sunday night, around 10:50, he and his younger brother, 18 year old Angel Noble, were socializing infront of Tony Gongora’s Bar, in Concepcion Village, Corozal District, when they were involved in an altercation with 22 year old John Medina and 18 year old Christian Medina, both of Concepcion Village. Well, tonight, the alleged bar brawlers visited our news center and told us that they are seeking justice for being ill accused of the fight. John Medina says he is innocent of the charge levied against him and before and after lock-up he faced a great deal of excessive force at the hands of the police. John Medina and his mother Ofelia Medina say they want justice.


Screen_Shot_2014-03-13_at_8.12.26_PMJohn Medina– Alleges Police Brutality


“A mi casa y pues me fui a mi casa ya estaba durmiendo yo cuando la policía llego, fueron ocho de ellos en un van y un pólice pickup, pero tres de ellos me fueron a sacar de mi casa.  Patearon la puerta de mi casa hasta que se abrió y me sacaron sin camisa solo mi pantalón tenia puesto y me comenzaron a golpear, uno me golpeo con la pistola que tenía, el pump 12, en mi cabeza aquí y yo calli en el suelo y mi mama se metió y les dijo que no quiere que me golpea porque yo soy inocente pero a ellos no les importo rempujaron a mi mama en un lado y a mi señora igual, pero mi señora tiene un hijo de dos años y medio y ella está embarazada y tiene siete meses y solo falta dos meses para que tenga el segundo bebe y no les importo sobre  de eso le golpearon a mi señora y ella callo hacia la pared y golpeo a mi hijo igual pero como ella esa embarazada ella se lastimo también y el vino sobre de mí y me golpeo y me llevo en el vehículo que yo machetee a un pólice y yo no sé nada de eso, y después me está llevando el patrol y entro en el camino de San Joaquín el que va al basurero hasta el fondo me llevo y me dijo que me va a llevar a un playgorund adonde sacan la verdad pero como yo no sé qué significo ese playgorund pues ellos me bajaron del vehículo hacía en el cañal en el monte y me dijeron que ellos quieren que yo me dé por culpable pero como yo dije yo soy inocente y ellos me empezaron a patear y me golpearon  y todo así me maduraron mi cuerpo y después ellos me subieron al van.”


Ofelia Medina– Alleges Excessive force from Police


“Ya mero nos a tropean a nosotros porque yo tengo testigos y tengo como ocho testigos que vinieron alrededor oyendo como este uno está gritando que lo están golpeando por la policía y yo les dije que los voy a demandar porque adonde me lastimaron a mí a mi nuera porque a ella en la misma noche yo la tuve que llevar al hospital y allí le dijeron que tiene que ir a conseguir un papel en la estación para que ella regrese con el doctor y entonces el lunes no pudimos hacer nada porque es holiday y fuimos y la policía nos dijo que hasta el martes y fuimos el martes hasta en la mera tarde en que se les antojo nos dieron un papel que vayamos a ver un doctor y fue que el doctor firmo ese papel y lo llevamos haya con él la estación lo fuimos a llevar ahora dice la policía que mi hijo y que yo no tengo derecho de ver a mi hijo ni ropa nada porque el ya mato una policía.”


To give balance to the story, we contacted Officer Commanding the Corozal Police Formation, Andrew Ramirez, who stated that while he is not sure if the police officers involved are in his formation, a formal complaint can be lodged by the alleged victims and it will be looked into.


Andrew Ramirez- Officer Commanding Corozal Police Formation


“Well I don’t know if we police beat him but I know he was involved, the Medinas were involved in a fight with two police man but he hasn’t made any official report here in Corozal.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“He said they tried to and then they were shown away, they claim that they the police used excessive force and they mention three particular officers in your formation, how is it that you go about in dealing with this alleged situations of police brutality?”


Andrew Ramirez- Officer Commanding Corozal Police Formation


“Well, we are investigating and as I mention to you that these guys were involved in a fight with two police officers and one police that I know works at Roaring Creek, Belmopan area and that is the same that are alleging that upon being apprehended by the officers here in Corozal they were mistreated or handled with excessive force then they are to come and make a report and in the case what action wish the officer involved.”


After three days of lock down, Medina was charged for one count of dangerous harm and had to pay a fine of $500.00 which he met.  

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