|San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott|
San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott told the Police Commission that the San Francisco Police Department will continue to not assist with any immigration enforcement efforts under the sanctuary city policies of San Francisco.
“It’s pretty clear,” Scott said. “I don’t know how else to say it. We will not assist. Basically, that message is going to be communicated constantly, as it has been, to the community.
Police Commissioner Petra De Jesus said the threat of ICE raids is “putting a lot of fear into the community.”
“It’s been reported that ICE is bringing agents from all over the nation to California and intend to do raids in the state, up to 1,200 to 1,500 people round them up at a time,” De Jesus said.
De Jesus also raised concern about ICE agents wearing jackets that say “police” when it’s unclear whether the federal agents are certified peace officers in California.
De Jesus sought advice from the City Attorney’s Office as to whether the Police Commission or Board of Supervisors could send a cease and desist letter to “tell them to stop imitating police officers in the state of California and put ‘federal agents’ on their jackets, because of course they are.”
Police Commission President Thomas Mazzucco said federal agents identifying themselves as police may be a safety concern for the SFPD and ICE.
“If our officers show up and see somebody wearing a jacket that says ‘police’ and they don’t recognize them as a member of the SFPD, probably for safety for the officers and the agents, the jackets should say ‘federal agent,’” Mazzucco said.
(via SF Examiner)