Where’s the investigation, Attorney General Paxton?

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Helle Lemon

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.

Will you join me in sending an email to the Attorney General and ask him: “Where’s the investigation?”

Appeals Court Upholds SB 4, Ban on “Sanctuary Cities”

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gavel and book close up, shallow dof

Last month, a federal appeals court upheld key provisions of Senate Bill 4, the law that creates civil penalties for government officials who limit local police enforcement of immigration laws and imposes criminal penalties for officials who don’t honor immigration detainer requests at jails.

Despite the ruling, however, it appears some city leaders are heeding the calls of immigration activists who are urging city officials to “risk it” and ignore the law. For instance, at a rally in March in front of City Hall, with people calling on the city to change their policies in order to minimize the impact of SB 4, City Councilman Rey Saldaña questioned whether or not people should cooperate with local law enforcement, saying: “…I don’t know the answers about how they should interact with law enforcement,” and then adding, without any supporting evidence, that compliance with SB 4 means people “may not report issues going on in the neighborhood.”

Councilman Saldaña’s statements last month come on the heels of actions by Police Chief William McManus on the night of December 23, 2017 in which he may have violated established procedures and state and federal laws pertaining to human smuggling and trafficking. In this incident, which is currently under investigation by the Texas Attorney General, the Police Chief, in what the Express-News called an “unusual decision,” released twelve undocumented immigrants, who were in his custody, without properly and thoroughly identifying them. At his explicit order, the procedures followed by police officers handling this case were opposite of those followed in a similar case earlier in the year. In explaining the different treatment of the case, including the exclusion of Homeland Security from the investigation as is required by state and federal law, Chief McManus stated, “it’s not necessarily how every case will be handled going forward.”

The mission of the San Antonio Police Officers Association is to support Police Officers and ensure their fair treatment by city officials. When officers receive mixed messages from the city leaders about how and whether they should follow established laws and procedures, it makes their job more difficult and that impacts public safety.

Our message to City leaders is simple: follow the law, not politics, and support our officers by not sending conflicting messages to the community about whether or not they should follow the law and cooperate with local law enforcement.

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1 Express-News, “After SB 4 ruling activists call for local government to take action,” March 14, 2018.
2 Express-News, “After SB 4 ruling activists call for local government to take action,” March 14, 2018.
3 Express-News, “McManus: Police did not have jurisdiction to detain migrants,” January 4, 2018.

A New Benefit to Support your Vision Needs

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Ameritas Vision Plan

Beginning June 1, 2018, Ameritas will be the new administrator of the San Antonio Police and Fire Departments’ vision plan, providing you with access to the VSP network. There is no enrollment action necessary; this change will be automatic on the first of June.

Some highlight and enhancements of your new vision plan include:

$0 copay and exam fees when you visit an in-network provider
Enhancement: under the new plan, you don’t have to file claims when a VSP provider is used!

$130 towards frames or contacts per calendar year
Enhancement: the prior plan only allowed up to $90 every two years!

You can update your frames every calendar year
Enhancement: the prior plan allowed frames every two years!

VSP offers a large network of eye doctors, including some retail locations. You have the freedom to choose any vision provider. However, your benefit dollars go further when you visit a VSP network provider.

The switch to your new vision plan should be seamless, so sit back and relax. Your current coverage level will automatically roll to Ameritas on June 1, 2018 with no action from you needed!

 

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New Billboards Regarding Public Safety Now Up

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PSF Billboard Sample

Check out our new billboards! This is an important public safety issue! Let us know what you think.

Visit publicsafetyfacts.com to follow the investigation of San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.

 

PSF Billboard: Message To City Leaders

Message To City Leaders: Follow the law, not politics.

 

PSF Billboard: 12 Undocuments Immigrants 18 wheeler

12 Undocumented Immigrants Let Go Without Proper Investigation

 

PSF Billboard: 12 Undocuments Immigrants Handcuffs

12 Undocumented Immigrants Let Go Without Proper Investigation

Statement from San Antonio Police Officers Association On Sentencing of the Killer of Officer Robert Deckard

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Shawn Puente - Killer of Officer Deckard

While we are pleased for the sake of the family of Officer Robert Deckard that this chapter of their terrible ordeal is now over, it is unfortunate that the jury did not see fit to render the death penalty as punishment for this heinous crime.

If there was ever a perpetrator who deserved to receive the death penalty, it is Shaun Puente, a vicious serial robber, who also has long history of violence against women, and who shot and killed Officer Robert Deckard on December 8, 2013. We fail to see what more the jury needed to deliver the ultimate punishment, but we hope that future juries understand that the killing of a Police Officer is an affront to every citizen, and an attack on us all that should be punished to the maximum extent of the law.

The men and women of the San Antonio Police Officers Association extend their sympathy and support to the family and friends of Officer Robert Deckard, who was a loving husband, father of two, and seven-year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department.

April 6, 2018