Citizens sometimes complain about police overstepping their authority or abusing their authority. Similarly, journalists sometimes find themselves face to face with that same kind of behavior from police. One Journalist from the Belize Media Group, was taking pictures of a police operation in San Ignacio when the police officers approached him and forcibly made him delete the photographs. The concern was brought up to Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie during an interview he did yesterday in Belmopan. This is what he had to say about the incident.
Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police
“I’ve said in the past and I will repeat myself that I have no problem with the citizens taking photos or videos of any police operation or activity. That is their right and it is to ensure that things are done according to procedure. I will again deteriorate to the commanders and I will send out something in writing to them that I have no objection. People have the right to video their officers and we don’t have any right to take away peoples recording. We should be glad, if we are doing the right thing, that people are recording us. Yes, we have good and we have bad officers. We recruit officers from the very society that we live in and we know that we recruit people that are sometimes not professional. Whenever these things occur I wish that it is brought directly to our notice.”