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Thursday, 20 December 2012 00:00

Vianie Perez, Mark Young and Sherifa YoungOn Wednesday, December 19th, Members of the Professional Standards Branch and the Criminal Investigation Branch of the Police Department have been deployed to the island of Ambergris Caye to investigate reports of police brutality on that island town.

According to Ricky Jurado, he was at the Tackle Box Bar in the early hours of Monday, December 14th when he became involved in a confrontation with another man at the bar. Jurado told the San Pedro Sun that he had just come out of the restroom to find a man dancing behind his girlfriend in a seductive manner. He got into a verbal exchange with the individual after which he left. Jurado and a group of his friends, including his fiancé Vianie Perez would follow suit only to be confronted by three people including police corporal Mark Young and WPC Sherifa Young.

Jurado says that Cpl. Young placed a gun to his head and roughed him up on the way to the police station. Looking on, Perez attempted to videotape the incident when she was attacked by WPC Sherifa Young who, with a baton, hit her to the face and head causing her to bleed profusely.

As a result of the incident both officers have been put on interdiction pending the outcome of investigations.   In a press release, the police department notes that the "O.C.E.D. wants to categorically emphasize that matter of indiscipline will be thoroughly investigated and where it is found that officers have stepped out of line will be dealt with within ambits of the law."