Message from the President
To SAPD Retirees and Supporters of Law Enforcement:
In January, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asked Attorney General Ken Paxton to “review the human smuggling and/or human trafficking arrest in San Antonio for potential violations of Sanctuary Cities Ban.” The AG then sent a letter to City officials stating that he would “investigate these complaints and the procedure in Senate Bill 4 contemplates litigation.” He demanded the City “preserve all relevant documents.”
The investigation is in response to the actions of Police Chief Bill McManus on Dec. 23, 2017 after he ordered the release of 12 undocumented immigrants into our community without properly and thoroughly identifying them. By not allowing the individuals involved to be questioned, the Chief’s actions have already had consequences: the D.A. recently freed the driver of the 18-wheeler due to lack of evidence (FOX29, 04/05/18). In a similar incident last July, an MS-13 gang member was among those attempting to be smuggled, and in March, in yet another case of human smuggling, two people involved were “quarantined on suspicion of having a communicable disease,” (San Antonio Express-News, 3/30/18). Who were the individuals released into our community by the Chief? The answer is: WE’LL NEVER KNOW!
That’s why it’s so important that we get answers about the Chief’s actions and whether or not they violated our laws and procedures.