Santa Cruz PD Chief Says ICE Done Him Wrong

Is it the water?  Aliens taking over the minds of CA residents?  A spell perhaps, cast by an angry witch?  The Chief of the Santa Cruz PD said recently said he and his department had been “hoodwinked” by ICE into participating in immigration raids.

iceICE and the Santa Cruz PD had just concluded a 5 year investigation into the violent gang, MS-13.  Next up, indictments and raids.  Prior to the raids ICE told the PD that they may “detain” people to check immigration status.  Part of the agreement was that no immigrants would be brought to the SCPD nor would any of their butts touch any back seat of a SCPD car.

It is interesting to note that MS-13, suspected of being involved in 4 homicides in Santa Cruz and were planning another.

At one location, ICE detained 11 illegal immigrants.  One was taken into custody due to a violent criminal past.  The other 10 were released.

At a city council meeting after the raids 10-12 people interrupted the meeting demanding to know why the PD cooperated in the raids.  In direct violation of the “sanctuary city” policy.

As usual, the mayor and police chief caved and said ICE lied.  We won’t work with them anymore and they can no longer use our bathrooms!!

Hey SCPD…it’s MS-13.  Not a quilting club.  They are good for 4 murders, maybe more and they were planning another one.  One would think the chief and mayor would be glad to get rid of a felon with a violent past.  That would be thinking in the terms of public safety, not political correctness.  How foolish of me.


About Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and his new release Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit
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