WEST COVINA >> A number of native public officers on Wednesday got here out towards the “sanctuary state” invoice making its means by means of the State Capitol, saying the laws would free violent felons just like those they’ve seen in their very own cities lately.
The invoice, SB fifty four, launched by Senate President professional Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, would prohibit state and native regulation enforcement businesses from utilizing assets to research, detain, report or arrest individuals for the needs of immigration enforcement.
Walnut Mayor Eric Ching was joined by West Covina Mayor Professional Tem Mike Spence, West Covina Police Chief Dave Faulkner and state Sen. Joel Anderson, R-San Diego — outdoors West Covina Metropolis Corridor, 1444 W. Garvey Ave.
Spence stated the invoice would make it troublesome for the town’s police drive to deport rapists, baby molesters, and different violent felons right here illegally.
“It usurps native management and limits the power of native regulation enforcement to eliminate violent criminals,” Spence stated, noting that the West Covina Metropolis Council voted final month to formally oppose the invoice. “The state of California doesn’t know what’s greatest for West Covina our police and our Metropolis Council does.”
Each Ching and Spence stated the rationale for holding the occasion in West Covina on Wednesday was to convey consideration to the case of an area Lebanese man just lately convicted of fatally hanging a Walnut jogger.
West Covina resident Haissam Massalkhy was sentenced to 4 years in state jail this month for fatally putting a jogger in Walnut. On the time of the crash, Massaklhky’s inexperienced card might have been expired, and each Ching and Spence stated felons like Massalkhy can be shielded from deportation if SB fifty four handed.
However neither official acknowledged the elements complicating the person’s case, together with the truth that, till lately, Massalkhy was a authorized resident, based on his ex-spouse.
Massalkhy, 37, pleaded “no contest” in February to a rely of vehicular manslaughter whereas intoxicated for the Feb. 15, 2016, collision at La Puente Street and Barnard Avenue that killed fifty nine-yr-previous father of three Chi “Jason” Shao, in line with Los Angeles County District Lawyer’s Workplace and Los Angeles County Superior Courtroom data.
Massalkhy was initially charged with homicide in reference to the deadly crash.
“Statements have been made on the scene that led individuals to consider it was accomplished deliberately,” Lt. Steve Jauch of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division Murder Bureau stated.
Following further investigation, nevertheless, prosecutors elected to simply accept a “no contest” plea to cost of vehicular manslaughter with out gross negligence, in line with sheriff’s and district lawyer’s officers.
Whereas an evaluation of Massalkhy’s blood turned up no alcohol or unlawful medicine, “there was a presence of a sleep assist in his system, Benadryl,” Jauch stated.