Crime in Belize

1650 WordsApr 23, 20137 Pages
Crime in Belize: We start off by defining crime. What is crime? A crime occurs when someone breaks the law by an overt act, omission or neglect that can result in punishment. A person who has violated a law, or has breached a rule, is said to have committed a criminal offense. There are two main categories of crime: property crime and violent crime: Property Crimes: A property crime is committed when someone damages, destroys or steals someone else 's property, such as stealing a car or vandalizing a building. And Violent Crimes: A violent crime occurs when someone harms, attempts to harm, threatens to harm or even conspires to harm someone else. Violent crimes are offenses which involve force or threat of force, such…show more content…
Speculation is “It may just be a drug dealing that went wrong.” One item I found absolutely horrifying was the video response of the GSU/Police reaction to the angry mob. The bottles used in this exchange were broken into bits on the pavement, but the police responded with live ammunitions. Regardless of whether or not they were fired in the air, those bullets must fall and can cause grievous harm. The scenario made us wonder what our police officers are capable of; what would have happened if a riot broke out, I wonder if they would run and hide in that situation too. Couldn’t the police have used tear gas or rubber bullets? That was an excessive use of force against the citizens who were simply venting their frustrations. Not to mention fear for their personal safety in a neighbourhood just torn apart by torturous murders. Their bodies had multiple stab wounds and the police department said there were no signs of forced entry into the building. It’s sad that the innocent citizens had to punish for something they knew absolutely nothing about; stores locked down and schools closed, forcing parents to have to leave work and pick up their children. Living in that type of environment is unhealthy, scared to leave your home because you’re too afraid of getting shot. If the people that are supposed to protect you are the
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