The president of the San Antonio Police Officer Association wants the chief of police on administrative leave.
On December 23, the San Antonio Police Department arrested a semi-truck driver for smuggling 12 immigrants in his trailer.
But, instead of detaining all 12 immigrants, the police department treated the illegal aliens like any regular victim of a crime. All 12 of the illegals were released.
William McManus, chief of police, also made the uncommon decision to charge the driver for breaking a state-level smuggling law. He could have charged him under federal legislation but chose not to. He did this to deliberately leave U.S. Immigration and Customs Department out of the investigation.
Now, the San Antonio Police Officer’s Association — essentially, the police union — has formally asked the city to place Chief William McManus on administrative leave for his mishandling of the case.
“I gave no direction to skip or disregard standard protocol or process,” McManus said in an email. “No background checks or fingerprints were taken of the 12 victims because it is against procedure do so of victims of crime or witnesses to a crime, especially in the context of a human smuggling case.”
SAPOA President Mike Helle, however, stated that the chief indeed broke protocol because the chief didn’t handle the case in the same way he’s done in the past.
Usually, according to Helle, SAPD relies on federal Homeland Security agents in immigrant smuggling cases.
“Our department already has a working protocol and has been taught through in-service training that Homeland agents along with our detectives are the experts in these type of cases. Hold down the scene and call them to investigate to take over.”
“From that point, SAPD will assist where needed,” Helle wrote in a letter to the mayor and City Council. “On December 23, 2017, that was exactly what was happening until our Chief of Police, unrequested, showed up at the scene.”
“Our outcry to you is to place him on administrative leave pending the full investigation of a state or federal agency best equipped in understanding the complexities of this situation and to investigate if any state or federal laws have been violated, in addition to the obvious violations of the general manual.
This action would eliminate any appearance of special treatment or the fear of possible retaliation,” SAPOA President Michael Helle concluded.
San Antonio has had its fair share of the spotlight. The city was in the news last year for another notorious incident involving illegal aliens. At least nine people died after being crammed into a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer Texas heat.
These situations are a common occurrence. And it costs many people their lives. It’s just another testament as to why illegal immigrants should utilize the proper immigration channels to enter this country.
In a May 2003 case, illegal immigrants were being taken from South Texas to Houston. Prosecutors said the driver heard them begging and screaming for their lives because there was no cool air in the trailer but refused to free them. The driver was sentenced to nearly 34 years in prison.
The Border Patrol has reported several truck seizures around Laredo, Texas. On July 7, agents found 72 people crammed into a truck with no means of escape. They were from Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
Last December, immigration agents found 110 migrants trapped and suffocating inside a truck after it crashed while speeding in the state of Veracruz. Most were from Central America, and 48 were minors. Many were injured in the crash.
The lives of illegal immigrants, we are told, matter to Democrats and Liberals. If this is true, then why do they condone human smuggling when oftentimes it ends catastrophically?
If the left actually cared about the lives of illegal immigrants, then they would want to end the despicable practice of human smuggling. The left would also support illegals coming in through the proper channels, the legal way.
Furthermore, Mexican cartel members are abundant in Texas, especially in San Antonio. Illegals rely on cartels to get them into the US, via “coyotes”.
Considering the abundance of cartel members in San Antonio and other Texas cities, it’s no surprise that the police chief would be crooked. There’s a strong chance that he’s on the cartel’s payroll. That’s how the “law” operates in third world countries, the same countries that the illegals are fleeing.
Allowing this sort of criminal element into the country just regresses the United States in all aspects of life, including education, housing, and standard of living. Crimes increase, morals decline, and the economy collapses under mountains of corruption when cartels thrive.
Mike Helle is absolutely right – at the very least, Chief McManus should go on administrative leave. But if we were to seek true justice, he would be in jail for violating federal law.