The Fairfax Virginia Police Chief is calling this a ‘lapse of judgment’ on the part of the officer, who is now being ‘punished’.
Is it just me, or does this Police Chief seem more intent on punishing law ENFORCERS than he is on punishing law BREAKERS?
“This is an unfortunate issue where the officer was confused,” Roessler said. “We have trained on this issue a lot. This is the first time we’ve had a lapse in judgment, and the officer is being punished.”
The officer reportedly encountered the illegal alien when responding to a traffic accident on September 21, during which he discovered that the individual did not have a Virginia driver’s license. After running the person’s information through the Department of Motor Vehicles system, the officer discovered ICE had issued an administrative violation against the individual for failing to appear at a deportation hearing.
A deportation hearing, eh? And he was found to be driving without a license?
The officer verified the warrant and then called the listed ICE agent, who came to the scene and took the alien into custody. The individual was released several hours later with an ankle monitor.
Now, why did this case of a cop upholding the law result in a suspension? It wasn’t an instance of the cop ‘doing the right thing’ even when his chief told him NOT to uphold the law. This was an actual ‘mistake’. He was supposed to skip any inquiry about immigration status unless the guy had been booked for a crime.
Roessler said the officer did not intentionally violate the policy and recognized it was a mistake, but has been relieved of duties while the department conducts an investigation and will have to attend remedial training.
Are we mistaken, or has this police chief officially put more effort into punishing law enforcement for bringing lawbreakers to justice than they have in actual law enforcement in this particular story?