George Rodriguez of El Conservador has filled the following complaint against the SAPD with the Texas Attorney General office:
On or about Dec. 23, 2017, a truck carrying what is believed to be illegal aliens was detained by the San Antonio police in San Antonio. The matter seemed to be a case of human smuggling as the truck originated in Laredo, TX.
However, I am concerned with how the case was handled by the SAPD chief and that this case may have been compromised, and the public safety may be placed at risk as a result.
The truck driver is/should be a person of interest in a smuggling operation, and federal law enforcement is trying to develop a case against a smuggling operation. The detained driver is key in this investigation.
Also, there was a Black SUV’s that removed the majority of the people from the trailer and they should be considered dangerous suspects in the human smuggling case. It appears Bexar County District Attorney, Nico LaHood, disagrees with the Chief’s handling of the case and will seek testimony against the driver.
But where are the witnesses, the smuggled people or illegal aliens? They were “released” to a local nonprofit, and those people have disappeared. This has damaged a strong case against illegal alien immigration and human smuggling.
Also, because the illegal aliens were not processed or vetted, we don’t know who they are or if they are dangerous. They could be innocent people seeking the “American Dream” or they could be criminal aliens or terrorists. We will never know because they have disappeared into society.
Under Texas law anyone (including the smuggled person) that pays a smuggler can be charged as a party to a crime. Normally these defendants can be given immunity in exchange for their testimony.
Did SAPD Chief Bill McManus talk to SA mayor Ron Nirenberg that night?
Was Mayor Nirenberg involved in the decisions that night?
Did Mayor Nirenberg instruct the Chief in the handling of this matter?
Was Mayor Nirenberg on the phone with the Chief that night?
Did San Antonio’s actions impede the ICE or other federal investigation into the bigger smuggling operation?
Was there a heated exchange between the Feds and the City that night?
The Texas smuggled person statue states “Sec. 20.05. SMUGGLING OF PERSONS. (a) A person commits an offense if the person, with the intent to obtain a pecuniary benefit, knowingly:
(1) uses a motor vehicle, aircraft, watercraft, or other means of conveyance to transport an individual with the intent to: (A) conceal the individual from a peace officer or special investigator; or (B) flee from a person the actor knows is a peace officer or special investigator attempting to lawfully arrest or detain the actor; or (2) encourages or induces a person to enter or remain in this country in violation of federal law by concealing, harboring, or shielding that person from detection.”
Unfortunately, San Antonio has no statements from the alleged smuggled parties.
The DA might be left with a truck driver violating the taxi ordinances of San Antonio.
The real curiosity did San Antonio violate part 2) encourages or induces a person to enter or remain in this country in violation of federal law by concealing, harboring, or shielding that person from detection?
Where are the witnesses?
Who lost them?
Should the District Attorney investigate San Antonio’s handling of this case?
I am asking the Texas Attorney General’s office to investigate this matter because I feel my personal safety as a citizen has been jeopardized by the mishandling of this case by SAPD Chief William McManus.
See George Rodriguez’ press conference on his complaint here.