Sanctuary City Police Chief Sued
The lawsuit asks the district court to force McManus and the city to comply with SB4, prohibit the department from "thwarting" federal immigration enforcement and to assess civil penalties against the chief, the police department and the city.
"Senate Bill 4 guarantees cooperation among federal, state and local law enforcement to protect Texans," Attorney General Paxton said. "Unfortunately, some municipalities, such as San Antonio, put the safety of police officers and the public at risk by defying state law. The court should grant our request for injunctions and civil penalties against San Antonio to send a message that all Texas cities must obey the law."
San Antonio City Attorney Andy Segovia said in a written statement that neither the city nor McManus violated SB4.
"The Attorney General's characterizations of what happened that day are clearly aimed at furthering a political agenda," he said. "The City has a long history of cooperating with federal authorities and we will continue to do so."
According to Paxton's lawsuit, McManus responded to the scene after officers found illegal immigrants in a trailer.
Chief McManus alleged asserted jurisdiction over the officers' investigation and stated that no one would contact Homeland Security Investigations, the criminal investigative branch of ICE.
McManus then called an immigration attorney to the scene and personally released the illegal aliens "without so much as a routine background check."