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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