Police Chief Suspends Officer For Turning Wanted Fugitive Over To ICE

The Fairfax County police chief suspended an officer for turning over a fugitive with a warrant to ICE agents.

Fairfax County, VA – Morale is low at the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) after the chief suspended an officer who turned over an illegal immigrant with a warrant to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The incident occurred at about 2:46 p.m. on Sept. 21 as the Fairfax County officer was working a crash scene at Harrison Lane on South Kings Highway in Alexandria, according to a statement released by FCPD.

One of the drivers involved in the wreck didn’t have a driver’s license so the officer ran his name through the computer to verify his record.

The query came back with a flag from ICE.

The man was an illegal immigrant and was wanted by ICE for failure to appear for a deportation hearing, The Washington Times reported.

Fairfax County confirmed the warrant and the officer called the ICE agent who was listed as the contact.

The agent was nearby and responded quickly to take the fugitive into custody, according to the FCPD statement.

Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler said the illegal immigrant was taken by ICE and processed for deportation, The Washington Times reported.

He has since been released with an ankle bracelet pending the outcome of the deportation hearing.

Chief Roessler announced Tuesday that the officer who contacted ICE had been suspended from the police department.

The chief said that the officer, whose name has not been released, “deprived a person of their freedom” by cooperating with ICE, The Washington Times reported.

He said in his statement that the officer’s actions violated FCPD policy and that he had launched an internal investigation as soon as he learned about it.

“Our county is one of the most diverse counties in the nation and no one should have the perception that FCPD is acting as a civil immigration agent for ICE,” Chief Roessler said. “This matter damages our reputation and the longstanding policy that I have stated many times that our officers shall not act as immigration agents.”

“The officer involved in this event has been relieved of all law enforcement duties pending the outcome of this investigation. It is my duty to enforce our FCPD – and Fairfax County – policies and hold all accountable for their actions,” the chief said in his statement.

He also said the policy is that the officer should not have even bothered to confirm the warrant through the county system because most administrative warrants are from ICE, The Washington Times reported.

The Fairfax County Police Association (FCPA) board released a scathing statement in response to the officer’s suspension.

“The actions they took were done with the best of intentions and in keeping with what they believed was the spirit of the law,” the FCPA board wrote. “The FCPA condemns the statement made by Chief Roessler as inflammatory and demoralizing. This incident has been sensationalized and our officer has been sacrificed in favor of a media spectacle.”

“This comes at a time when our department is already experiencing an unparalleled deterioration in morale and an unprecedented distrust of our leadership,” the statement continued. “Politically motivated decisions cannot be disguised as transparency. We appreciate the outpouring of support that has been received from our community and around the country.”

A Fairfax County police source told Blue Lives Matter that morale at the police department has been bad for a while because “there is a disconnect between the command staff and troops.”

The source said officers are frustrated because they just want to enforce the laws, not be used as political pawns.

“Our policy is dictated by political beliefs,” he told Blue Lives Matter.

Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies, told The Washington Times she thought the situation was wrongly handled by the police chief.

“The police chief is ordering an investigation of an officer who did exactly the right thing by responding to an active ICE warrant on an illegal alien who was a fugitive,” Vaughan said. “It’s astonishing that a police chief is more intent on punishing his officer than seeing to it that legitimate laws are enforced.”

She compared what the officer did to a suspect being held for a warrant issued by neighboring Montgomery County in Maryland.

Vaughan told The Washington Times she thought Chief Roessler wanted to shame the officer.

Comments (87)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I wish cops would stop calling themselves troops. You're civilians in uniform, not military.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Democrats are going to destroy this country. A nation without borders is not really a nation.

Northern VA is full of Leftists that work in DC.

I appreciate the exclusive content from Blue Lives Matter on this article (the quoted source). I posted a similar article on this subject yesterday, and I knew that the suspension was politically motivated.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

he broke the stupid policy, he deserved to be suspended. I don't agree with it, but his boss and the agency had the policy for the last 12 years.

This is what happens when liberal idiots are elected to leadership positions, you get stupid rules like "don't work with federal law enforcement officers to enforce the laws of this nation"

Ballen
Ballen

The chief is a spineless POS. How could anyone work for someone like that?

JTAII
JTAII

I smell a good lawsuit. This Chief needs to be suspended.

antialien
antialien

Chief Roessler needs to be publicly shamed and relieved of his duties as chief. He is a sorry POS.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

This is all political bullsh#t!

tfort
tfort

The best way not to get in trouble is to follow the policy. If you don’t, expect to be disciplined v

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I hope the Chief's daughter gets raped by an illegal. Tiffany Thrasher was connected to me and was raped and murdered by an illegal. The predatory by nature... https://www.illegalaliencrimereport.com/

Brian Richmond
Brian Richmond

Morale was low that a cop got suspended for violating dept policy...is it so hard to follow the rules?

Aramovich
Aramovich

Brian:

Federal law succeeds state and local law. When local policy is in violation of Federal Law then the office is being coerced into breaking a Federal Law. This is akin to self incrimination and I hope the office sues in Federal court so it can be settled.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

I hope he has a Union, they'll fight for him and probably win! This is a disgrace, retire/resign Chief, there's nothing left for you!

Vinny6922
Vinny6922

I don’t give a crap about their policy. Federal law trumps (no pun intended) any department policy. In essence, liberals suck.

Bullseye23
Bullseye23

The chief is a spineless D bag

FilthyRich1999
FilthyRich1999

Don't feed the troll Hi_estComnDenomn. Why respond to his ignorant and juvenile statements. He just does it to piss you off. Stop entertaining this fool.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

The Chief is just another politician following in the footsteps of the governor and other DemoRATS

Stay strong the tide will turn!!!

FYI this pos Chief brain has been fried by the uranium chips in his stars!!! 😂😂😂

Billlac
Billlac

Bad decision Chief.

Gramercy
Gramercy

How, pray tell, did the chief get to be "the chief?" Not by following the law, that is for sure! Insane actions!

HB1
HB1

They really need to screen these sites to make sure trolls can't get in.

tommc42
tommc42

The Chief should first look at the oath they took in which they agreed to obey and enforce the laws of the United States. Then, we would not have incidents such as this. We must unite to vote out of office those who will not act to enforce laws of the city, county, state, nation regardless of their personal view.

Captain Wellhead
Captain Wellhead

Someone needs to put a boot in that police chefs butt, better yet he needs to leave his doors unlocked so he can have all the undocumented residents in his town come by and stay at his house

Marine.001
Marine.001

Ahhhhh he’s illegal & has a warrant out. Yeah let him go he didn’t do anything wrong????? WTF is wrong w these people. White, black, brown, yellow and green aliens.....if u have a warrant you go to jail, if u have a warrant on deportation hearing u go to ICE. He did the correct thing and now being punished by another NUTTCASE liberal who wants to be like by the left (since u know ALL cops are republicans? MORONS). If u come here illegally put them on a bus, plane, boat or whatever and send them to where they came from. STOP WASTING MORE OF taxpayers money by having deportation hearings. We should do something way out of wack and start charging the countries their coming from court costs...maybe they’d help a bit not letting them come to the USA if we start charging their asses. Sounds stupid but we need to do something. Last we need to charge the chief on being a f-ing moron and send his ass to Guatemala and let him make the trek back to the USA and then deny his ass from coming back in to the USA

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

So, we're suspending the cops for upholding the law by releasing to other lea a black flag suspect because of a couple issues in the past?