Corporal Ronil Singh would still be alive today according to Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson who revealed in a press conference Friday that he believes Senate Bill 54, also known as the California Values Act, protected the undocumented immigrant accused of his murder by tying the hands of police.
“Law enforcement was prohibited because of sanctuary laws and that led to the encounter with Officer Singh,” said the sheriff. “I’m suggesting that the outcome could have been different if law enforcement wasn’t restricted prohibited or had their hands tied because of political interference.”
He claimed the accused 33-year-old Gustavo Perez Arriaga is an illegal immigrant with prior criminal activity that should have been reported to immigration and customs enforcement.
California Senator Jerry Hill instead defends the bill only guarantees a day in court and the federal government is still able to punish as it sees fit.
“Were trying to protect everyone’s rights because everyone who is a resident of California regardless of their status has a right to due process and that’s what California has been doing is protecting their due process,” said the senator.
SB 54 was authored by former senator Kevin De Leon and backed by a long list of politicians, immigrant rights groups and attorneys.
La Raza Roundtable de California in San Jose was one of them.
“I’m not sure if its this immigrant or not because he has not had his day in court but someone did murder him and if it happens to be this person who is undocumented, he doesn’t understand the damage he has caused,” said Victor Garza, with La Raza Roundtable de California.
SB 54 states its purpose is to keep a healthy relationship between the immigrant community and local law enforcement that if broken would undermine public safety.