We are ready to know all too well what happens when U.S. law enforcement agencies refuse to work with each other. We witnessed the delays and problems it causes during September 11th, 2001, when the FBI and CIA failed to communicate with one another over intel because of internal issues.
This may not have the same potential for disaster as that horrific day but the point still remains we want and need our law enforcement to work together when handling criminals and potential threats.
In this case, it isn’t personal conflict from within but politically motivated but non the less dangerous.
According to Fox News, the Chicago Police Department advised officers not to cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security, particularly in situations involving immigration arrests, according to an internal department memo obtained by Fox News.
Instead of assisting DHS upon request, officers are instructed to wait for their supervisor to arrive, the memo said. Once the supervisor arrives, “if the request is to assist with an immigration arrest or detention, CPD personnel will leave the scene as directed by the CPD supervisor,” according to the memo.
CPD confirmed the memo came from an internal superior but would not say if the directive came from the mayor. The mayor’s office has not responded to requests for comment from Fox News.
The new policy for CPD came around the same time that a Virginia police officer was suspended for cooperating with ICE.
The officer was suspended after responding to a vehicle crash. During routine license checks, the officer discovered that one of the drivers had a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear for a deportation hearing. The officer notified the ICE contact listed on the notification of the warrant, who was nearby. The officer then arrested the driver and turned them over to the ICE agent.
Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. said in a statement that officer violated a department order requiring them to ignore such a notification unless the person in question is “being taken into custody for any other violation of law.” Roessler emphasized in his statement that officers are extensively trained on this distinction and that the suspended officer “deprived a person of their freedom, which is unacceptable.”