By Marion V. Ali
Inspector Mark Flowers, Commander of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) says he is taking legal action against three media houses following their reports of an alleged incident in which he claims his name and his reputation have been tarnished.
The reports by 7News, News5 and Love TV and Radio were in respect of complaints by two young women who claim that Flowers acted inappropriately towards them and some children on Wilson Street last week.
The women, who claim Flowers was under the influence of alcohol, have provided an amateur video recording of the scene in question, but the recording that was aired showed only Flowers, dressed in plain clothes standing and directing a vehicle to pass.
This week on Krem’s Wake Up Belize Morning Vibes, Flowers said he felt that the reports were “concocted” in the name of sensationalism.
“I am not your average police officer that you will run over or take for a fool”, Flowers warned.
The law enforcer also said that one media house in particular was using his name to make news at the expense of his reputation.
But while Flowers is claiming that he is being treated unfairly by some in the media, the young ladies who allege that he mistreated them have filed an official complaint against him.
Police Press Officer, Raphael Martinez told reporters this week that the Professional Standards Bureau has received a formal complaint against Flowers and that the investigation should take a minimum of three weeks.