Earlier this month, a San Francisco employee donned a jacket that resembled an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officer and visited a Hispanic church meeting.
Needless to say, the congregation wasn’t too happy as he walked into the building taking photos of individuals as they sat in their seats. It turns out the man was a San Francisco employee but not part of local law enforcement or ICE.
The incident was reported to their Congressman Jared Huffman who contacted local authorities who found the man and questioned him. The suspect had complained about amplified noise coming from the services on previous occasions but was unable to explain why he wore this type of jacket to investigate what was going on.
That’s like starting to swerve when a cop’s behind you if you have nothing to hide what’s the problem?hate those old
Lincoln police cars
— Brian (@CapehartBrian) June 14, 2017
Source: CBS San Francisco
But the man is a San Francisco city employee and was placed on leave after he showed up wearing the jacket during the Spanish-language service at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection.
The man was driving a government vehicle registered to the city of San Francisco when he showed up at the church. The vehicle belongs to the San Francisco International Airport, city officials confirmed.
The man allegedly took pictures on a cellphone in the church parking lot and videotaped the people inside of the church, police Lt. Raffaello Pata said.
His jacket had ‘ICE’ written on it with an official looking emblem or seal on the back, Pata said.
While the man was not an ICE agent, he looked enough like one that he scared the congregation at their Sunday evening service and the incident sparked a police investigation.
Lucia Martel-Dow with the Canal Community Alliance said, “This person — out of I don’t what kind of motivations — decided to scare them and make them feel uncomfortable knowing this is something very sensitive for the Latino and Hispanic community right now.”
On Friday, police identified the man, who lives near the church.
The man told police he had prior unresolved complaints about amplified noise from the church services and went there to document it.
He could not readily explain why he wore the ICE jacket that he recently purchased online, Pata said.
Detectives learned the jacket is a novelty item that does not closely resemble the actual ICE jackets, Pata said.
After watching the video report, do you the man should be charged and if so, for what?
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