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12-14-06, 08:15 AM #1Banned
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Hornady 'hot' about criticism of police chief
Source: (requires registration - entire article copied) http://www.theindependent.com/storie...ornady14.shtml
Mayor says quotation of Lamken in AP story incorrect
By Tracy Overstreet
Grand Island Mayor Margaret Hornady is 100 percent behind Grand Island Police Chief Steve Lamken despite national criticism the city and chief are taking about lack of involvement in a Tuesday immigration raid at the Swift & Co. meatpacking plant.
The raid netted 261 detainees, 260 of whom were being held for immigration issues and one for criminal issues.
"I support Chief Lamken unequivocally," Hornady said Wednesday.
She has received numerous e-mails -- mostly from out-of-state senders -- criticizing Lamken for not assisting with the Tuesday raid that began about 7:30 a.m.
The e-mails came after Lamken was quoted by The Associated Press as saying he refused to let his officers take part in the raid.
"When this is all over, we're still here taking care of our community, and if I have a significant part of my population that's fearful and won't call us, then that's not good for our community," Lamken was quoted as saying in stories released by the AP nationally Tuesday.
Lamken explained to The Independent Tuesday that he didn't refuse participation. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was in charge and had adequate staff, he said.
"What was reported in the AP was inaccurate," Hornady said. "In fact, the Police Department did everything that the ICE asked for.
"We provided an escort so their convoy could arrive expeditiously and intact," Hornady said. "We had barricades available.
"We had police officers stationed at the impound lot across the street from Swift in case help was needed," she continued. "The local Police Department does not have jurisdiction to enforce immigration law, but we were available for any violations of state or local laws."
"It is important that the community realize that the activity in the building where the raid was taking place was under the control and supervision of ICE," Hornady said. "Their organization had enough staff to properly conduct the raid; therefore, the Grand Island Police Department was not needed within the building parameters."
"If ICE officials had needed help in any sort of criminal way, the Grand Island Police Department was on call and ready to go," Lamken said in a written release issued by the city Wednesday afternoon. "If people are guilty of identity theft, then they need to be caught, arrested and prosecuted."
Actually, only one of the 261 Swift employees detained in Grand Island was held on criminal charges, which may have been involvement in identity theft.
Hornady said Lamken was proactive beyond those initial steps assisting ICE. He took it upon himself to contact local social service agencies and notified the schools, she said.
"It's my understanding that not one child was not picked up after school yesterday (Tuesday)," she said. "If not by a parent, by a grandparent, aunt, uncle or cousin."
Grand Island City Council President Bob Meyer said he also supported Lamken.
"He was available for an emergency if it arose -- and his other reasoning is pretty solid," Meyer said. "He is looking to maintain a certain quality of life with everyone in the community."
Some of the e-mails are calling for Lamken's "head, preferably on a platter," Hornady said.
Those who are critical of the chief, she said, don't know the situation and "probably half of them couldn't find Grand Island on a map with a magnifying glass."
"The Associated Press probably couldn't find Grand Island on a map with a magnifying glass either," Hornady said. "I'm a little hot about this."
"At Grand Island, Police Chief Steve Lamken said he refused to let his officers take part in the raid. 'When this is all over, we're still here taking care of our community and if I have a significant part of my population that's fearful and won't call us then that's not good for our community,' he said."
What, in your view, should be the local LE role here? Sounds to me like the only thing he did wrong was talk to a reporter. If your department was involved in any of these raids (or similar instances in the past) how were handled?
12-14-06, 03:10 PM #2
"The local Police Department does not have jurisdiction to enforce immigration law, but we were available for any violations of state or local laws."
Why not; what part of illegal alien is not understood?
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12-14-06, 04:34 PM #3
There is probably more special deputies floating around that will make your head spin. Just my little input for what its worth.
12-14-06, 04:43 PM #4
12-14-06, 05:11 PM #5
Dammit, this is another immigration thread... I was tricked into thinking this thread was about ammo.
"Stupid should hurt."
12-14-06, 11:46 PM #6
In Oregon, state and local officers are prohibited from taking legal action against people who's only crime is being in the country illegally. Unfortunately, almost every department has interpreted this to mean that they cannot deal with immigration law under any circumstances.
I wish one of our sheriff's would grow a pair and implement a policy in which every person under arrest would be asked their nation of birth. If the answer is something other than the United States, then the officer would be required to follow up to try to determine the person's immigration status, and forward the information to ICE."I'm not a coward,
I've just never been tested
I'd like to think that if I was,
I would pass"
~Mighty Mighty Bosstones~
12-15-06, 02:58 AM #7
I read about a Chief in the Northeast that was charging illegal aliens under his state's statute for "criminal trespassing".
His justification was the statute stated that someone was trespassing "if they were somewhere they had no legal right to be". He reasoned that anyone who was in this country illegally was, by definition, "somewhere they had no legal right to be".
When he made contact with an illegal on a traffic stop or call for service, he would charge and hold on the state statute. ICE was deporting violators from the jail if I remember correctly.
I haven't heard anything about the story in quite some time. I wonder if anybody here remembers it, or has an update?
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