Department of Communications and Public Affairs

Published on Friday, January 05, 2018

Councilman Brockhouse Questions Human Smuggling Response

Contact: Joseph Lopez

(210) 315-4366

SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 5, 2018) — The following comments are Councilman Brockhouse’s remarks on the recent human smuggling incident response:

“The human smuggling incident on Dec. 23 raises very basic questions for me with regards to process and public safety. Unfortunately, the City Council was not notified this incident occurred for 10 days. That is totally unacceptable and a lapse in judgment by senior City leadership. It appears that the reporting of this story in the evening news was the only reason the City Council was notified about this incident. The facts are scattered and I have asked for an in-depth briefing on the response by the Police Chief, to include full reporting of the officers on scene and body camera video. My basic questions are as follows: 

  • Why did the City Manager or Chief McManus fail to notify the City Council for 10 days? Based on local, state and federal implications, this is a critical issue.
  • Why were the individuals released without any criminal background checks?
  • Were any SAPD standard operating policies and procedures modified during this response?

Immigration policy is confusing and broken. I understand our police officers are not immigration officers, but they must work under clear rules of engagement. We must show compassion and respect the dignity of all life, but the lives of the citizens of San Antonio matter and that means we, at a minimum, should have investigated the identity and possible prior criminal history of those involved before releasing any person into the public.”


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Author: Cambri Ensminger (GPA)

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