Officials respond to video of Deputy Commissioner at accident scene

The video of the Deputy Commissioner at the accident scene has been widely circulated on social media. At Monday’s press conference, three at the head table were asked if they had seen the video, in which Miguel Segura appeared callous and almost disconnected from the tragic scene.

vlcsnap-2014-08-19-07h16m41s148Allen Whylie – Commissioner of Police

“I personally haven’t see the video.  So I cannot respond to it.  I think that the appropriate person to respond to that, in terms of if it’s callous or not callous, would be Mr Segura.  It would be improper for me to say what were his thoughts, and what he was doing, and why he was doing that.  It wouldn’t be proper for me to do that. 

vlcsnap-2014-08-19-09h30m53s64George Lovell – CEO in the Ministry of National Security

“I saw the video.  My initial impression is that he seems not to be too concerned over what has happened, but wanted to take cigarette smoke.  But, then again, I do not know precisely what portion of the activities, or when precisely did that happen.  Did it happen as the incident or the accident happened, or was it when he was now trying to relax, trying to contemplate over what precisely had occurred.  So, it’s unfair for me to really use that small clip that I have seen.  I saw a clip where he was taking a cigarette, and he was trying to fix his attire. 

I don’t know what was going through his mind at the time.  He4’s a smoker. A lot of times when people are stressed, they don’t think, they go and light up a cigarette.  I’ve seen it happen where people light  cigarettes at gas stations.  So, honestly, it would be unfair for me to comment on such a scene, just because I saw a clip that was placed on the social media.”

vlcsnap-2014-08-19-07h10m53s235The video also showed Miguel Segura in what appeared to be part of his police uniform at the time of the accident. It was six AM and he was heading home. Since Russell Blackett drove Mr Segura to the polyclinic, we asked him specifically to comment on that aspect. Here is how that went.

 

 

Louis Wade – Plus TV

“I think the CEO mentioned it as ‘fixing his attire.  I will be more specific, zipping up his pants.  Would you be able to speak to whether or not a part of his attire, which can be kaki trousers, were Police issue, apparently”

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Russell Blackett – OC National CIB

“Apparently, from what I saw on the clip, it’s obvious that he was half dressed. That was so.  Half dressed means that the kaki pants is a lower portion of a uniform, and the white that he had on was a civilian shirt. 

Reporter

“Is that allowed, sir?”

Russell Blackett

“That is allowed. 

George Lovell

“He will have a time that he will have to sit down in front of [the Public] Services Commission, and defend himself, if he is brought to answer for his conduct, as an Officer of the Belize Police Department.  So, I would like to leave those things for them to look at.  They, more than likely, will opportunity to revisit these tapes, if those tapes would be brought in as evidence, when that comes around.  So, I wouldn’t for want us to go into any other discussions along those lines, if you don’t mind”

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