Police Chief Violations – Update #4

McManus in glasses

The last 5 of 20 SAPD General Manual policies violated by Police Chief William McManus on Dec. 23, 2017 when he released twelve undocumented immigrants into the City of San Antonio without properly and thoroughly identifying them. (Story here). The Chief and City Manager Sheryl Sculley say his actions were proper. ICE disagrees:

“I would say it’s unfortunate. Homeland Security agents are experts in human trafficking and alien smuggling. We certainly would have taken that case and investigated it to the furthest levels to identify everybody who is involved in that conspiracy.” – Thomas Homan, Acting Director of ICE, Feb. 14, 2018

Violations 16 – 20:

401.03 INCIDENT REPORTS: C. SUPPLEMENTAL REPORTS: (1.) The Supplemental Report is completed within AFR by all officers who respond to a call…(2.) All officers assigned to a call shall provide detailed comments…

410 BODY WORN CAMERAS: (.03 POLICY): A. It is the policy of the San Antonio Police Department to present for prosecution audio/video evidence of traffic and other law violations as outlined in Section .06 of this procedure. To this end, Officers with properly functioning BWC equipment shall record all events surrounding the contact, stop, detention, interview, and arrest of suspected violators and maintain this recorded evidence for consideration in criminal prosecution. (.06 RECORDING): D. Officers shall begin recording the following events and continue recording until the event is concluded…

618 RACIAL/BIAS PROFILING/IMMIGRATION POLICY: (.11 IMMIGRATION POLICY): B. Officers will verify identification and perform a background check on people to whom they are issuing a citation, legally detaining, arresting, or processing for magistration.

619 CONSULATE NOTIFCATION AND DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY: (.02 CONSULATE NOTIFICATION OF ARRESTED OR DETAINED FOREIGN NATIONALS): A. The United States is obligated under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, international treaties, and customary international law, to notify consular officials when foreign nationals are arrested or otherwise detained in the United States. The U.S. Department of State does not consider it necessary to follow consular notification procedures when a foreign national is detained only momentarily, e.g., during a traffic stop. B. After an officer arrests/detains a foreign national, the officer will determine the foreign national’s country of origin. Normally, this information is found on the passport or other travel documentation that the foreign national is carrying. C. Officers will inform the foreign national of his/her right to request that their consulate be notified under the following circumstances: (a.) After the foreign national is arrested; and (b.) Before a detention that may last more than four hours.

713 HUMAN TRAFFICKING: (.09 Supervisory Officer’s Responsibilities in a Suspected Human Trafficking Case) A. Ensure that the applicable procedures are followed

Chief McManus violated at least 20 SAPD policies on December 23, 2017. His actions are being investigated by the Texas Attorney General, and SAPOA believes that the City Manager – who’s the only local official who can investigate him – should also look into the matter instead of turning a blind eye to his blatant disregard of department policies and state and federal laws.


  1. Rudy gomez Reply

    I understand your frustration with his lack of action or selective enforcement, but do we truly need this type of dissension, when cops are being crucified and murdered, almost on a daily basis.
    Would it not seem more appropriate for you to send this info to the State Attorney general and let them decide on any action.
    Secondly, could you not file a complaint with internal affairs and chsrge McAnus with department violations and demand discipline, as he has inflicted on his officers.

  2. BARETT Mcdonald Reply

    The Honorable Cheryl Scully investigates the deeds of her chief and not internal affairs. The main reason for anger, frustration, and lack of confidence. We go.out everyday an 99% of us go out to help and do the right thing. It’s upsetting knowing the man in charge does not have to follow the rules that he will either terminate or suspend you for.

  3. deaconlawrence Reply

    Thanks so much for the post.Really thank you! Great.

  4. Steffi Reply

    Thanks!And thanks for sharing your great posts every week!

  5. SystemBuilder Reply

    If it’s any consolation to you, there are plenty of citizens in San Antonio who do not like McManus any more than you do. Selective enforcement is the very reason that cops are getting killed as they aren’t being taken out while they are still small-fries. Maybe the clearing of SB4 in New Orleans will lead to State and Federal action which will be more definitive. As it is, San Antonio has a policy of not spending necessary money on law enforcement; in the 1990’s we did not replace one of our lockups when it was torn down and already saturated, and instead initiated a Jail Diversion program and drug rehabilitation program paid for by the State. County jails are also saturated (State Funding). I don’t blame individual Cops for what’s going on, but being told Jail Diversions and Psychiatry saves money when prescription drugs are seeping into the underground and I pay whether I fund locally or the state. It doesn’t do me any good and the drug users continue to remain on the street in thriving lives of comfortable living and their clients are comfortably employment. Meanwhile, MS-13’s drug sales continue to grow.

  6. Charles Reply

    According to McManus, an agent from U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) had been notified shortly after the arrest and was present when officers brought the 12 passengers in for questioning.

    “At no time did SAPD restrict or prevent the HSI agent from taking custody of the individuals,” McManus wrote.

    If SAPD had continued to detain the passengers after they were questioned, the city may have faced legal liability, according to McManus.

  7. Michael Reply

    Charles you are absolutely wrong in your assessment. There would have been no violation and what the Chief stated was not accurate. HSI should have made the scene as in all past cases. The chief should not have injected himself into the call. He was scoring political points with Sculley and nothing else. No one on the Department that actually work the streets agreed with the chief’s handling of the case.

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