The measures taken by Police on Saturday night in the wake of the murder of Gerald ‘Shiny’ Tillett seemed to amount to something of a “lockdown” of Belize City. Shops were shut by 9 at night and two nightclubs were closed down by midnight in spite of having extensions. But according to Senior Superintendent Alden Dawson, the deputy commander of Eastern Division (South), the shops being closed has no relation to Tillett’s murder or even the shootings that took place afterward – it’s simply enforcement of the law:
Supt. Alden Dawson, Deputy Commander of Eastern Division(South): There’s no such thing as the city and the lock-down. We embark on the liquor license act since last week Friday to this incident then we are having the shops close at 9 because their license are only good until 9. And we find that a lot of these shops would remain open at night and these are what attract people to be out. The law is saying that 9’o clock you should be close.
Assistant Commissioner Chester Williams noted that the increased patrols and other measures are only until the situation returns to normal.