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There was quite a commotion at the San Pedro Police Station as an inmate was found dead this morning, Tuesday, February 21, 2012. Friends and relatives of the deceased gathered outside the Police Station waiting to see their loved one and to get some questions answered in regards to his death.

According the Belize Public Relations Officer, Mr. Rafael Martinez, San Pedro Police received a call from the Phoenix Resort stating that a male person with a machete was acting in a disorderly manner and disrupting the peace in the area. The male person, Miguel Martinez, was apprehended by the resorts security guards and then handed over the San Pedro Police Station on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at about 5:00a.m.

Relatives and Friends of the deceased waiting outside the police station

Miguel Martinez was then placed in a cell, where according to San Pedro Police, he was acting in a disorderly manner and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. After a short period of time the noise stopped and upon making checks, police found the motionless body of Martinez on the floor of the cell. Dr. Javier Zuniga was called to the station and after several attempts to revive him but to no avail, Martinez was pronounced dead at about 8:00 a.m.

But relatives are not happy with the police accounts and are waiting for the post mortem results. Father of the deceased, Mr. Emmanuel Diego, related to Ambergris Today that he is not convinced that his son just dropped dead at the cell. Mr. Diego also stated that his son’s pants were found thrown outside of the police compound and that raises even more concerns as to what could have happened to his son.

San Pedro Police removed the body from the cell around midday and was transported to Belize City for a post mortem to be conducted on the body. Police investigations continue.

UPDATE: While family members of Martinez stated that he was in good health a post mortem concluded that the cause of death was acute lung failure due to high alcohol and drug consumption.

Mr. Emmanuel Diego, father of the deceased - Miguel Martinez

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6 Comments

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    accoording to another inmate who was an eye witness this man was beaten up to death by a police officer infront of the other inmates.....what the heck is wrong with these police officers?????

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    I don't doubt that he was beaten by police because the policemen are known to be in the habit of beating defensless drunkards. It usually happens inside the police station out of the public view so there will be no witness. The other individuals who were detained at the time could be threatened by the police to stop them from telling the truth. 

    In the rare event that a prisoner is causing injuries to himself while in police custody, the police on duty is responsible for restraining (tying or handcuffing) the prisoner to stop him from injuring himself. So, the policemen and women on duty during that time definitely are responsible for the death in some way. 

    If the police make a story that the prisoner was beaten to death by other prisoners, the police is still responsible for the death because it happen while the person was in their custody. At the San Pedro Police Station, the prisoners are kept behind and within view of the police behind the front desk. There is no way that police personnel could say that he/she did not know or did not see what happened to the prisoner. 

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    Mein that is terrible!!! do hope the post mortem reveals the truth and the culprit/s are punished...criminal or not..humans are humans and do not deserve to be beaten to death if there is any truth in this... comdolences goes out to the family of Mr.Martinez

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    police are drug dealers, thieves, murderers,rapists...etc....

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    For far to long now San Pedro LACKS proper police protection. This Island being the "Bread and Butter" of Belize. Deserves alot better than this. Not only do they Abuse power. They do not even respond when called .They claim they are delayed due to shift change. I have heard this in at least 4 cases  this past yr.Its TIME the police or-- Dough Singh did something about this.

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    i think the should but camaras son poliice station  and to put the server on town hall so that it can be monitor  to see whats going cause its true police officer beating people on the station so that no witness say anythink cause where humans and not animals  just a suggestion 

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