A police officer in Fairfax County, VA was suspended after turning over an undocumented immigrant into federal custody.
The unidentified officer arrived at the scene of a car accident on September 21. The driver did not have his license and the officer turned him over to an ICE agent that was nearby.
“This is an unfortunate issue where the officer was confused,” Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr.
In 2007, the Fairfax County Police department implemented a policy that does not allow officers to detain people solely based on the fact they are violating immigration law.
“Our county is one of the most diverse counties in the nation and no one should have the perception that FCPD is acting as a civil immigration agent for ICE,” said the chief.
As per Roessler, the officer has served as a police officer for a few years and was confused, he will go through remedial training.
“We have trained on this issue a lot. This is the first time we’ve had a lapse in judgment, and the officer is being punished.” Roessler.