Sheriff Stops Sharing Info With Police Database To Protect Illegal Immigrants

The King County Sheriff's Office and the Seattle Police Department no longer have access to a critical database.

King County, WA – The King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) and the Seattle Police Department (SPD) have cut off a critical database over concerns that information the departments contribute to the database could be used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

The Legal Information Network Exchange (LInX) is a U.S. military database that was created as a way for local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to easily share and access information, KIRO reported.

Agencies are able to are able to upload parts of their police reports and booking photos so that other agencies can view them to learn more about many of the suspects and victims they were dealing with, according to KIRO.

The presence of information alerts investigators that they can contact the originating agency to obtain a copy of the full records.

Without the database, investigators have no practical way of knowing which agencies had prior cases involving the suspect or victim unless they were criminally charged.

The database does not keep records of immigration status data.

But on Aug. 14, Seattle-area law enforcement officers discovered they could no longer access the widely-used, invaluable tool.

“Your agency leadership has informed the LInX Program Management team that because of county ordinance, for the foreseeable future, KCSO can no longer share records in LInX, which is not in holding with the LInX [memorandum of understanding],” the Northwest LInX Regional Program manager said in an email to the KCSO, according to KIRO.

“Therefore, all KCSO user accounts will have to be disabled, denying access to law enforcement information sharing,” the notification read.

According to one KCSO employee, deputies had no knowledge that they would be cut off from the heavily-used database until they received the email from LInX on the day of the shutdown, KIRO reported.

The KCSO Major Crimes Unit has been in mayhem since their access was denied.

“LInX is a tool used by law enforcement to help with investigations,” another employee said. “Without it we have zero other tools.”

According to an email sent to employees by King County Undersheriff Scott Somers on Aug. 15, LInX refused to develop firewalls that would have prevented ICE from accessing information contained in the database, KIRO reported.

“We could not reach a solution that insured that the civil immigration functions would not have access, especially when viewed from a national level,” Undersheriff Somers wrote. “We had no alternative other than to terminate our membership and information sharing with LInX. This included the removal of all of our information from their system. Agency access to LInX was cut off per the agreement.”

SPD spokesperson Sean Whitcomb has also confirmed that the city’s officers no longer have access to LInX, KIRO reported.

Comments (28)
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flybynight
flybynight

Oddly enough, that looks like a Taco Bell in the background. 🤔

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

It really seems like aiding and abetting to me. Of course the legal spin is that not cooperating is simply like taking the Fifth, but the records are funded by the citizens' tax dollars and you would think that should be sufficient to compel cooperation with enforcing the laws of the United States.

I guess we need a Federal Law. Since the COTUS provides the power to enforce borders to the Executive Branch, it should be do-able if we had strong Republican majorities in both houses.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

"LInX is a tool used by law enforcement to help with investigations,” another employee said. “Without it we have zero other tools.”

Single point of failure

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

And Seattles descent into total chaos and lawlessness continues

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

No immigration status stored, but yet we're going to hog tie our officers by not having access to this system, and potentially harm more victims in other jurisdictions because we're a bunch of drooling virtue signaling idiots.

Woobie46
Woobie46

Is anyone surprised? This is another fallen state and needs a wall...

JBo
JBo

"The database does not keep records of immigration status data."

So what's the problem...other than liberal's exploding heads?

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I think I will go to Seattle and give out a free tent to every illegal, than can prove he or she is not a citizen... just to fuck with the idiots running the city.

Aramovich
Aramovich

I doubt that the data base will have law abiding illegals, so what's the big deal/ Or do the pro immigration folks want potential felons?

Ibcynthy
Ibcynthy

Sheriff needs to be fired!!

GForce48
GForce48

Just another glaring example of why we can't entrust our collective security into the hands of Dems/libs/socialists as they don't have the safety and security of the American citizenry. They coddle, encourage, and empower criminals and criminal behavior instead of advocating for their own citizens!

artw44
artw44

Again the criminals have more rights than citizens!

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Send the illegals by the bus full into Seattle and see how they handle it......Naw...the good people would suffer

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

They've lost all abilities to use common sense! I'm afraid this Sheriff needs to be recalled!

Racechaser6
Racechaser6

Arrest the sheriff for aiding and abetting illegal immigrants. This is getting out of hand, law enforcement officers are not doing their job.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Leftism continues to eat away at our country like maggots on a dead carcass.

DR226
DR226

These actions by this narrow minded bunch of liberals is going to put the lives of LEO's in harms way. I just can't comprehend why illegals are more precious than American citizens. SMFH

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

If I were President and saw someone protecting illegals, I would consider that as treason against the ideals and security of the Nation.

jimmer1
jimmer1

We live 3 hours south of Seattle, it has literally turned into a shithole. You can not go downtown without being harassed or disgusted by the filth in that city. The libs that run Seattle and Portland, Oregon are useless and pander to antifa, left wing nut jobs and the street freaks for some reason.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

This guy is no Sheriff he is just another dirt bag that makes the job harder for real cops.

Mswain
Mswain

Aren't the typical Blue Lives folks pro small government? This is a good thing unless you want the feds to have even broader reach than they already do.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

So....get paid by Uncle Sam, but then choose which aspects of the job you feel like doing ?!