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Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

requena.jpg - 39.28 KbPolice Corporal Reymundo Requena,42, and 30 year-old Constable Edgar Teul, officers attached to the Belama Police Station, have been charged for the shakedown of Thyrel Hyde, whose entire ordeal was caught on camera.

 Corporal Requena, who resides in Benque Viejo, was charged with theft of $70 from Hyde, and harm which he allegedly committed against him. Requena and Teul, who is a resident of Belmopan, were jointly charged along with another theft of $260 from Hyde.

 They were arraigned on Wednesday before Magistrate Clive Lino where they pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail of $4,000, which they were able to meet. They must return to court on February 11, 2014.

 Hyde alleges that a group of police officers, including those charged, shook him down for money with the threat of detaining him on September 8. He says that he was hanging out with a group of friends when a police mobile stopped and officers decided to search his vehicle. He says that they stole an envelope from his glove compartment which contained more than $1,500, and they told him to hand over all the money he had or else he would be locked down for the night.

 That’s when he gave them $70, all the money he had on him, but the officers didn’t satisfy themselves with that. They detained him, took him to the Atlantic Bank ATM on Freetown Road, confiscated his ATM card, withdrew $260 from his account and then released him, threatening to arrest him if they ever saw him again. After realizing that the officers basically robbed him, he started to press his case with the professional standards branch of the police department, which received video evidence of the entire ordeal, which was captured on the ATM’s cameras.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 16:08