We’ve had enough Mayor Gordon and Chief Harris
Officer Shane Figueroa, a 25-year-old police officer, who served less than three years on the force, was killed yesterday after his patrol car was hit by a pickup truck driven by an illegal alien, driving drunk — again.
The 50-year-old driver, using the alias Jose Rivas Gonzalez when arrested, (now correctly identified as Salvador Vivas-Diaz) was treated for minor injuries and booked into Fourth Avenue Jail on suspicion of manslaughter and aggravated assault. Police said Gonzalez was also booked on four outstanding warrants. The warrants for Gonzalez’s arrest are under a different name, two of which are for DUI.
Gonzalez’s 28-year-old male passenger inside the truck was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Officer Figueroa is survived by his wife and their 3-month-old child. His father is a retired Phoenix police officer.
Jim Cross of KTAR included the remarks of Mark Spencer, president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association in his report. In speaking of this latest tragedy, Spencer said:
“There are some who believe that illegal aliens are just busboys and landscapers, janitors. In reality, they’re criminals,” he said. “Every moment an illegal alien stays in this country, without federal permission, it’s an ongoing crime.”
The Arizona Republic’s account refers to drunken driver, Jose Rivas Gonzalez, as merely an “undocumented worker from Mexico.”
How many young Phoenix officers must we lose before Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Chief Jack Harris stop the leniency and sanctuary city policies?
We’ve also had enough of the Republic’s soft language in describing those in our country illegally. They are criminals, not “workers without documents.” We’re assuming newbie reporters Lindsey Collom and Beth Duckett who wrote the article, have been given the Republic’s guidelines.
How about using these?