SAPD Chief Voices Frustration Over “Sanctuary Cities” Law

By Pilar Arias

San Antonio police Chief William McManus held a press conference Monday morning to address changes in the department and concerns over Senate Bill 4 being signed into law.

“People are not afraid to interact with us. My fear is that they will be going forward,” McManus said. “I think that that bill legitimately creates that fear.”

McManus said the department is going to have to “take it off the books” that officers can no longer ask someone for the immigration status while lawfully detained.

San Antonio Police Department has just shy of 2,400 officers and staff. The chief said that not only will all of them have to be trained on Federal immigration law, but cadets in the academy will have to as well.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill into law Sunday night during a Facebook live.

McManus said he is disappointed that lawmakers in Austin didn’t listen to those in law enforcement agencies across the state who didn’t support the sanctuary cities bill.

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