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The Caribbean’s other death penalty
The police flag flew at half mast last Sunday in Belize City. A 24-year-old constable had been shot dead by a brother officer. Around one on Sunday morning, PC Dean Yearwood walked past Public’s Supermarket on Central American Boulevard, off duty, in plain clothes and texting on his cellphone. Two bandits attacked. Yearwood was carrying his .38 service revolver and he fired.
Just across the boulevard, PC Glen Grant was on his way home on bicycle after special branch duty, also in his own clothes and also carrying a gun. He heard Yearwood’s shots, saw a struggle between strangers, and he fired off 11 rounds.
Yearwood fell, shot in the back. He bled to death in the road. Belize Police Commissioner Allan Whylie promises an investigation, with a case file for the director of public prosecutions. He will review weapons training: “I have already directed our director of training and the commandant to look at our existing protocols governing the use of firearms.”
That comes a bit late for Dean Yearwood. And for his little seven-year-old brother who, we are told, keeps asking: “Mom, when will Dean come home? Why is my brother in that place? Why is he in that freezer? Will he get up? I want him to wake up.”
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