Dec 10, 2019
In this newscast we have reported on countless cases of police brutality. The most recent was caught on camera prompting a long list of questions over the behaviour of the police versus the citizens. On Sunday night, an unsuspecting Anthony Tillett of Belize City was attacked by two cops, one held him in a chokehold as another restrained him to allow for the beat down to continue unimpeded. Tillett had gone to a store to buy when he was targeted. Nothing incriminating was found and today, Tillett said he has been told by the cops to forget the attack on him. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo reports.
Hipolito Novelo, Reporting
Caught on Camera! Shocking video shows when a law enforcement officer brutally attacking a Belize City man.
“Were you scared?”
Anthony Tillett, Victim of Police Brutality
“I was scared.”
Twenty-five-year old Faber’s Road resident Anthony Tillett recounts the painful ordeal he endured on Sunday night. He was purchasing at a nearby grocery store when he was approached by an officer attached to the Special Patrol Unit. Tillett thought it was nothing more than a routine search…
“I put my hand at attention. They came and searched me. The officer who came to me started to push his hands in my pocket. Now I am reacting and I am telling him that he can’t put his hands in my pocket just like that. I need to see what he was doing. I know that the police will come and declare what is in their hands before they put their hands in my pocket. So I told him that by my right. He didn’t want to listen to that. He told me to shut up and turn around. I told him that we are humans. Why do you have to be dealing with me like this? I lowered my voice to the lowest point I could like I am not making any scene that anybody else can hear. He turn around and told me to shut up and don’t tell me nothing. I told him, brother you can’t tell me to shut up like that like I am a dog.”
And after those words were uttered, the SPU officer launched a violent attack on Tillett, choking him; attempting to get him to the floor. Another officer is seen restraining Tillett while the first officer continues his assault.
“When he grabbed me around my neck, I still holding on to the bar form the Chinese. He was continuing like he wants to take me to the ground. I don’t know, he maybe wanted my face busted because it was all my face piece and I am holding on to the bar so that I don’t drop. And he was pressing his knees on my chest so that I can drop and I still can’t drop. The other officer came from behind and he grabbed my two hands and hold me up so. The other one started to punch me in my belly, my neck and my face.”
Nothing incriminating was found on Tillett. However the police officer attempted to assault him again. Tillett was told he was detained but fearing further beat down at the hands of the officer, he ran to the safety of his house.
“I am looking to leave and my little brother saw me. He saw my facial expression and knew that something was wrong, that it was not a normal search. I told him that is what this same police officer who punched me. He heard the crying in my voice. He rushed after me again. He came like he wanted to knock me again. The other officer had to grab him and had to hold him down. The officer that grabbed him told me that I was detained. I told him okay. I was walking with him and we were going to the truck. My mind told me not to go with them so I decided to run, I escaped. I went home.”
“Why did you run?”
“I ran because of the fact that they already beat me in front of the shop, imagine what they will do when no one else is around. I will get more beating. That is all what they will do. I didn’t run because I was detained because they didn’t even know the charge. They just told me that I was detained.”
“Did they find anything on you?”
“They didn’t find anything. When they searched my pocked they only found monies for my food.”
Tillett later visited the Raccoon Police Station. No charges were levied on him but according to Tillett, the officers told him to forget what had happened.
“At least five minutes they left me in there and they went outside and came back. When they came back they took me outside to the truck that told me that they will give me a run just make me forget about everything that happen. I told them straight. I was just riding with the program because I wanted to reach home. I wasn’t looking to be charged.”
“It is not something that someone can forget.”
“I can’t forget that. Even if I try forget it because I am the victim now.”
And now Tillett is concerned that he will be targeted once more.
“I pass the check point behind the gas station and I come over the pedestrian so I can reach to the gas station to pump my bike and at the same time the police officer that attacked me, he was under the checkpoint and the signaled to the other officer and told the officer, see the young man there. So I left me in real fear like I can’t go anywhere now like me and him have a personal beef and I do not know him.”
Reporting for News Five I am Hipolito Novelo.
Published at Tue, 10 Dec 2019 18:04:00 +0000