Chief McManus Still Under Investigation

Human smuggling in San Antonio

The actions of Police Chief William McManus on December 23, 2017 are still under investigation by the Texas Attorney General. On that night, in possible violation of established procedures and State and Federal law pertaining to suspected human smuggling and trafficking cases, the Chief released twelve undocumented immigrants into the City of San Antonio without properly and thoroughly identifying them.

For several years now, San Antonio Police Officers have been well trained on how to handle and process human smuggling and trafficking cases. SAPD also works with Homeland Security through the Federal Joint Task Force to specifically target and arrest individuals involved in these crimes. On December 23rd, when twelve people were stopped and detained under suspicion of smuggling and being in the country illegally, the Officers on scene began following the law and established procedures. Then, Chief McManus arrived.

When Chief McManus arrived unexpectedly on scene, in civilian clothing and with a lawyer from a non-profit organization, Officers briefed the Chief on the situation and their actions, which included notifying Homeland Security. The Chief immediately changed their orders: they were not to identify the individuals or check their immigration status (as Texas law allows local law enforcement to do) and they were not to involve Homeland Security (as per Joint Task Force procedures).

When an agent from Homeland Security did arrive, the Chief informed him that his assistance was not needed. After transporting the individuals to police headquarters, the Chief allowed the non-profit attorney complete access to them before ever allowing even one of the Special Victims Unit (SVU) detectives to speak to them. The Chief then stated that none of the detainees were to be processed through SAPD databases and ordered them released. At this point, SVU Supervisors were so shocked they requested the order be put in writing.

The twelve detainees were then escorted out of the back of police headquarters and released into the city. Afterwards, the Chief told the media that the case was based on a “fluid situation,” and that “it’s not necessarily how every case will be handled going forward.” SAPOA believes that the Chief’s actions were political, not in line with established State and Federal laws and procedures, and may have risked the safety of the community.

We have called upon Mayor Ron Nirenberg, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, and the City Council to investigate or at least have the Chief answer for his actions that night. Up to now, they have done nothing. Fortunately, the Texas Attorney General launched an investigation in January and has ordered the entire City government to preserve all evidence and present any and all documents, videos, and cellular phone data, regarding the December 23rd incident.

SAPOA will soon be listing all the Department violations that the city manager has stated publicly were not violated. Research for yourself HERE and see how many you can find and share with the public. Here’s a hint: start with Section 200 – Rules and Regulations, 1.01 PURPOSE: The Rules and Regulations officially adopted and set forth in this manual are for the guidance, regulation, and control of the conduct of all members of the Police Department of the City of San Antonio, Texas. These rules are designed to promote efficiency, discipline, and good public relations by setting forth policies governing the conduct and demeanor of every member of the police department, both on- and off-duty.

It’s imperative, for the safety of our Officers and the general public, that everyone, no matter what their rank or political leanings, follow the law.

Stay tuned.


  1. James Pospisil Reply

    As a former Certified Texas Peace Officer in Texas, Chief McManus violated his sworn oath of office according to the State of Texas and he violated Texas State law by not acting according to State Law. I was wondering if the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education is also investigating this because they are required to pull an officers license when he is found to havwe violated the law.

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  4. Jake Reply

    Correct if he is found guilty for violating a law. They don’t just run around pulling officers license. There’s a reason why you started off your opinion with “Former”.

  5. Mike Carender Reply

    You’re so easy to read, Jake. You’re obviously on the side of this crooked chief and the illegals. “If” this sorry excuse for a law enforcement officer is found guilty, he needs to be made an example of. Hopefully he will be. Also,I’m sure there is a reason Mr. Pospisil started off his opinion with “former”. My guess would be that either he retired or changed careers, like the majority of “former” peace officers. You, on the other hand, should change your name from Jake to Jerk.

  6. George Reply

    From what I read in your article,elected officials in San Antonio do everything but represent the interests of SA citizens.

  7. My name is NOBODY Reply

    Disgusted to see these type of highway billboard signs on the highway! Its bad enough that y’all elected a DOTAR to office.. and now this helps in dividing the country even more.. Our American jails are filled with 80% of white men that are non- law abiding citizens.. and then this so called .com site decides to make a mess out of not spilled milk.. Please remover these type of negativity signs along our American highways… (its the right thing to do) as in this case of the so called Sheriff by reading the so called story.. it seems as the people or folks detained… had not committed a crime but were probably accused of a crime.. meaning that if there was no probable cause, the the Sheriff did the right thing to avoid the media and or potential lawsuits that would affect the city of so called San Antonio… Get of the band wagon of white wash media.. There are many white men (child molester, rapist, pedifiles, (sex offenders) and peeping toms in your communities) but yet y’all harp on one incident I will be calling the Senator of Texas to remove the billboard signs that cause more hate racism, discrimination, and confusion……because it lacks facts, and portraying to the citizens of San Antonio, that the SAPD are not doing there job.. (NOT) Remove the ad its bad enough that we have to deal with drunk drivers (Texans) and distracted texting mom’s and teenagers on the highway, and then this negativity when driving on the highways. Just an average JOE driving through the cities of San Antonio… Sad. Sad.. Sad…

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