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#496327 - 10/02/14 10:31 AM San Pedro Cop Charged For Shakedown
Marty Offline

Another police officer who is being investigated for lawless behaviour while on duty is Police Constable Oscar Ramirez, who is attached to the San Pedro Police Station.

According to police, a 17 year-old young man reported that last week Monday, his mother, Mirna Judith Berganza, was detained by police. The minor says that he and a family friend visited the station, and they spoke with Constable Ramirez who demanded that they pay him $300 and he would then release Berganza, after which, they would have to pay him an additional $700. The young man says that they ended up handing over $600 to Ramirez, and he let his mother go.

Well, police from the Professional Standards Branch investigated Constable Ramirez and charged him with extortion. The officer commanding Professional Standards said that this case and the successfully prosecuted one against Corporal Darius Martinez who was yesterday jailed for 1 and a half years should show the public that the department treats such allegations harshly:

ASP Glen Rivero - OC, Professional Standard Branch

"Since this week, we have dealt with a police officer in San Pedro for extortion, he went before the court. We have Mr. Darius Martinez who has been convicted in the magistrate's court for suppression of evidence that is against a member of our police department. Like I said we have a 0 tolerance as it comes to corruption.”

Channel 7



Police Constable Allegedly Extorts Money for Woman’s Freedom

San Pedro Police is investigating a case of extortion purportedly committed by a police officer. According to police reports, on Tuesday, September 23, a 17-year-old boy along with his mother, Mirna Judith Berganza, reported to San Pedro Police that between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Monday September 22, his mother was detained at the San Pedro Police Station for traffic offences. As a result, he and a family friend visited the San Pedro Police Station whereby the friend spoke to P.C. Oscar Ramirez who demanded $300 for the release of Mirna Berganza and later demanded $700 more for her release. The 17 year old further alleged that a total of $600 was given to P.C. Ramirez for the release of his mother. Police have since arrested and charged 36-year-old Police Constable #1139 Oscar Ramirez of San Juan Area, San Pedro Town for the crime of “Extortion”.

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#496339 - 10/02/14 11:51 AM Re: San Pedro Cop Charged For Shakedown [Re: Marty]
Bear Offline
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a 17 year-old young man reported with his mother, Mirna Judith Berganza


Good for them, a huge service to all...

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#496348 - 10/02/14 01:39 PM Re: San Pedro Cop Charged For Shakedown [Re: Marty]
Amanda Syme Offline
I am pleased to see these cases being brought to light and being taken seriously.

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#496359 - 10/02/14 09:43 PM Re: San Pedro Cop Charged For Shakedown [Re: Amanda Syme]
R.P. McMurphy Offline
Just another day in Paradise!

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#496360 - 10/03/14 01:05 AM Re: San Pedro Cop Charged For Shakedown [Re: Marty]
ScubaLdy Offline
Me too Amanda. More people need to speak out and not live in such fear of retaliation.
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#496384 - 10/03/14 06:24 PM Re: San Pedro Cop Charged For Shakedown [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Another cop accused of extortion in San Pedro

On July 24, Constable Elvin Nah of the San Pedro police was arrested and charged with extortion and released on bail of $2,000 in the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court. A little over two months later, another officer of the San Pedro police – Constable Oscar Ramirez, has also been charged for an act of extortion, which allegedly occurred on September 23.

PC Ramirez was taken to the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court today, where he was released on bail of $3,000 and ordered to return to court on Tuesday, November 18.

Police charged that PC Ramirez demanded $700 – of which he collected $600 – for the release of a woman who was in custody for traffic offenses.

On Tuesday, September 23, Mirna Judith Berganza, a resident of San Pedro, was being detained at the San Pedro Police Station for traffic offenses when her son, 17, and a friend of his, both of San Pedro, went to the station to try to get his mother released.

Her son talked to PC Ramirez, who allegedly agreed to release his mother if he was paid $700. The boy told investigating officers that he did not have $700, but that he paid the policeman $600 – all he had, and Mirna Berganza was subsequently released after spending four hours in custody.

PC Ramirez has since been interdicted from duty and will be tried internally by the Police Department through a special police court called a police tribunal, which can impose penalties, including dismissal from the department, if the officer is found guilty of the offense.

ASP Glen Rivero, Officer in Charge of the Professional Standards Branch of the Police Department, said that the department has a zero-tolerance stance toward crime and corruption within the police force.

On July 24, PC Elvin Nah was charged with extorting $400 from a man he had busted with drugs – telling the man he would release him from custody without charges if he paid him the requested amount. The man reportedly handed over eight $50 notes to Nah and walked out free from the station.

Other police officers learned of what happened and launched an investigation, and PC Nah was identified as the policeman who released the man from their custody, and he was taken to court. Nah has since been placed on interdiction from duty pending an initial trial by the police tribunal.

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#496389 - 10/03/14 07:04 PM Re: San Pedro Cop Charged For Shakedown [Re: Marty]
Amanda Syme Offline
It is great to see all of these crooked cops being called to task for their actions. Hopefully this is a trend that will continue, through the ranks, country wide and eventually we just might have a police force that we are extremely proud of that take their duty seriously and with pride. Then, and only then, the police will earn the respect and praise of the public that they are sworn to protect and serve. We won't be afraid of the police and we will be willing and happy to make reports and we will feel safe and protected. Sounds good to me.

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#496390 - 10/03/14 07:14 PM Re: San Pedro Cop Charged For Shakedown [Re: Marty]
Inplub Offline
Or we may not have a Police Force at all. (LOL)

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#496595 - 10/09/14 01:48 AM Re: San Pedro Cop Charged For Shakedown [Re: Marty]
R.P. McMurphy Offline
The problem doesn't just stop with the San Pedro Police Department, it goes all the way to the top. You Better Belize It!

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#510899 - 01/21/16 10:42 AM Re: San Pedro Cop Charged For Shakedown [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
Extortion Charge Dropped Against Cop

It made major news 2 years ago when 38 year-old Police Constable Oscar Ramirez was charged with extortion for an accusation while he was on duty in San Pedro. Well, the accused cop is accused no more; the Magistrate’s Court has thrown the extortion charge out of court.

As we told you, 18 year-old Sander Palma, who was a minor at the time, told police that his friend, Mirna Berganza, was detained by police for a traffic offence. Palma told police then that he had Ramirez $600 to release her, with the promise that he would pay another $700 at a later date.

Well, the case was called up before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer today, and Palma told the court that he no longer wanted to proceed with court action against Ramirez. Without a complainant, Senior Magistrate Frazer was obliged to strike it out for want of prosecution. That set Constable Ramirez free of the charge.

Channel 7

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