Police Association Calls for Investigation of Chief Following Human Smuggling Incident

Police Association Calls for Investigation of Chief Following Human Smuggling Incident

We Say: The arrogance of San Antonio’s Police Chief is astounding!

He had 12 persons in custody, persons obviously guilty of breaking Federal Law by entering the United States illegally. His explanation for releasing them is “We have no  jurisdiction to hold them.”

The image is Chief McManus speaking at a 2016 San Antonio Tea Party meeting. Here he was trying to explain that his policies didn’t make San Antonio a de facto Sanctuary City. If you were there, you may remember his parting shot, “We’ll have to agree to disagree about that.”

Today it seems the San Antonio Police Officers Association, along with SATP and citizens of San Antonio, disagree with the Chief.

Republished from FoxSanAntonio.com, by Amanda Weber, January 8, 2018. Image credit: image from SATP archives, covered by license. Contributor: Donald Krebs.

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Police Officer’s Association is asking for a full investigation of San Antonio Police Chief William McManus after he authorized the release of 12 alleged undocumented immigrants last week.

On Dec. 23, a citizen approached an officer and told him he had seen something strange on the 3400 block of Copeland. When the officer got there, he found 12 people in the back of an 18-wheeler. The driver and a companion were also there.

“Once the folks got here to police headquarters we have no jurisdiction to hold them, to detain them, so they were released to Catholic Charities and what Catholic Charities did with them I don’t know,” McManus said.

The 12 were found in the back of a tractor-trailer driven by Herbert Nichols. He was charged with a state ‘smuggling of persons’ charge. He admitted to picking them up at a warehouse in Laredo and smuggled to an area near Splashtown where they were supposed to be picked up. We obtained a video showing the small group exiting the trailer and leaving in a waiting car before police showed up.

San Antonio Police Officers’ Association President Michael Halle sent a letter to Mayor Ron Nirenberg and city council members Monday asking for McManus to be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by either state or federal authorities. He said the release of the immigrants did not make logical sense.

Read the letter here:368704456-SAPOA-Letter

“You know I have never seen anything like it, ever, in my 28-year career. It is just so far out of bounds for any police action to be taken that day, especially by our chief,” Halle said.

District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse says the act potentially placed San Antonio residents in danger.

We’ve learned that the driver of last week’s incident is also a person of interest in last summer’s tragic smuggling case where 10 immigrants died in a sweltering tractor-trailer.

We reached out to Mayor Nirenberg and the San Antonio Police Department for comment but did not receive a response by airtime.

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5 Responses to "Police Association Calls for Investigation of Chief Following Human Smuggling Incident"

  1. david perez  January 11, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Dear sirs’
    The poltical news today is that the city council is trying to ban sales of a legal substance’ cigarettes ! . The same council is approving a salaried police chief for releasing 12 ILLEGALS

  2. Janis Arnold  January 11, 2018 at 10:56 am

    If the driver of last week’s incident is also a person of interest in last summer’s tragic smuggling case where 10 immigrants died in a sweltering tractor-trailer, why on earth wouldn’t SA’s Police Chief have at least detained this vehicle drivers and operators for questioning? Certainly the passengers are victims of human smuggling, but if our border was effectively enforced then our authorities could arrest the people preying on illegal immigrants, confiscate the human traffickers’ ill-gotten gains, and reimburse the victims for their payments to the traffickers at the time they return them to their point of origin! If officials kept adequate records then immigrants who attempt a second return could be deported without reimbursement of payments made to their smugglers. Finally, our government could adopt and third time and you’re out policy and file charges against illegal immigrants the third time they illegally cross our border!

    The amount of lawlessness currently sanctioned by our elected and appointed officials is indeed chilling! I was at the meeting where Chief McManus spoke in a dismissive and condescending fashion to Tea Party members . . . and the actions attributed to him on December 23, 2017 are consistent with his demeanor and words to us in 2016. Sadly, most progressives and globalists treat conservatives with utter contempt. Individuals who refuse to enforce American laws that are part of their official employment contracts (as in the case of Chief McManus) are no better than the criminals they ‘catch and release’ and should be held accountable for their actions!

  3. Dave R  January 11, 2018 at 9:12 am

    I am glad that SAPOA is not publicly supporting the Chief. Regretfully, I think we have a City Council that has shifted way to the left and they are probably backslapping the chief. I too would like to see federal law enforced. I hope the fine LEGAL citizens of this city express their outrage and cause council and the Chief to avoid defying immigration laws.

  4. Barbara Mueller  January 11, 2018 at 5:27 am

    I am shocked by the attitute of our city’s Chief of SAPD. It was obvious that he felt justified and confident of his position because of the support from the National Chiefs of Police Association. This national org is an elitist group of Chiefs from the largest cities in the U.S. This is a much bigger problem than one truck carrying 12 illegals. It is a national problem.
    It behooves me how our City Council, Mayor and City Manager would go along with this stand down policy. I am reminded now of the number of times, police are standing down on college campuses and city streets when protesters are breaking windows, setting fires, turning over cars and blocking roadways.
    This has got to stop.

  5. Don Stephens  January 10, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    What Chief McManus did was against federal laws.It is my hope that the feds will bring charges against him. Releasing these illegals to the Catholic Church ( a pro-illegals group) is like releasing chickens to the care of wolves—you will never see them again.This action by the Chief solidifies the fact that San Antonio is indeed a sanctuary city We must fight against the traitor city government that we have.

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