Archive for July, 2017

Jose Luis Marquez-Marrero Charged With Four Felonies For Riverwest Crash Totaling Two Vehicles

Marquez-Marrero, the alleged driver of a stolen 2014 Camby who ran a red light and crashed into a 2011 Suburban is facing up to 57 years in prison, if convicted of four felony counts.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

July 10, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – Jose Luis Marquez-Marrero, 32, who was arrested for driving a stolen 2014 Camby and crashing into a 2011 Suburban while speeding and failing to stop at a red light in the Riverwest neighborhood in June is facing up to 57 years in prison and fines in total of $145,000, if convicted for four felony counts. Marquez-Marrero totaled both vehicles.
Marquez-Marrero was charged on June 23 with four felony counts, 1st count, armed robbery with threat of force (40 years in prison and up to $100K in finrs); 2nd count, 2nd-degree endangering safety (10 years in prison and up to $25K in fines); 3rd count, vehicle operator fleeing and eluding an officer (3 years and 6 months in prison and up to $10K in fines) and 4th count, driving vehicle without owner’s consent (3 years and 6 months in prison and up to $10K in fines).
Marquez-Marrero’s bail was set at $25,000 and will appear in court for a scheduling conference on July 13 at 8:30 a.m., Milwaukee County Courthouse room 634, according to court records.
The stolen 2014 Camry was connected to the assault of its owner in Milwaukee’s Southside. Two Latino men robbed the owner of the 2014 Camry who was parking his vehicle and also beat him, then stole his wallet and other items.
The owner of the 2011 Suburban which was also totaled released photos to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) of the crash scene and vehicles.

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Milwaukee Police Department Taking 8-months For U Visa Certification Involving Victims Of Crimes

It shouldn’t take 8-months for the Milwaukee Police Department to certify a U Visa request that a victim has cooperated in a criminal investigation.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

July 9, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – Today, the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) in Wisconsin under Police Chief Edward Flynn takes up to 8-months for U Visa (Form I-918, U Nonimmigrant Status) request certification that a victim has aided an investigation of a crime. The delay to quickly certify such U Visa requests by the MPD could result in the deportation of a undocumented victims of a crime.
The U.S. Congress approved a U Visa for victims of a crime to cooperate in criminal investigations without fear of deportation. Sometimes the MPD has even denied U Visa certifications to victims of a crime, Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) has learned.

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett Says It’s Not Immigration Enforcement, But MPD Indicates It’s Immigration Enforcement Strategy

Milwaukee Mayor Barrett’s office released the Milwaukee Police Department Standard Operating Procedure, which indicates it’s an immigration enforcement strategy or in reality immigration persecution.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

July 5, 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – On Wednesday, the Milwaukee mayor’s office released the Milwaukee Police Department Standard Operating Procedure (MPDSOP), which indicates a new policy initiative aimed at immigration enforcement without partnering with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 287(g) program, according to Mayor Tom Barrett’s press release. Barrett in a press release statement that “The City’s policy has been and will continue to be that it does not enforce immigration laws. That is the role of the government…immigration enforcement is not part of that effort…Milwaukee will not seek to have its officers deputized to enforce immigration laws under the federal 287(g) program…”
The MPDSOP Policy (A) indicates that “It shall be the policy of the Milwaukee Police Department to implement an immigration enforcement strategy that is consistent with the mission for reducing the levels of crime, fear, and disorder in the city of Milwaukee.”
Police will be allowed to seek legal status from suspected gang members, those arrested for a misdemeanor involving the possession of a dangerous weapon, a terrorism act, offense involving entry or fraudulent assimilation of undocumented foreigners into the country and a previous deported felon. Police can contact ICE and will turn over suspected individuals or immigrants to the feds.
The MPD says the SOP is targeted at reducing fear, but in reality it will cause fear from immigrants who will avoid any contact with police to report a crime for fear of being detained as undocumented foreigners and turned over to ICE for deportation. Also the MPDSOP opens the door for officers to illegally profile immigrants, and criminals will also target immigrants simply because they will believe such crimes committed against the undocumented, especially sexual assault of female immigrants won’t be reported to police for fear of being detained and deported.
Mayor Barrett says it’s not immigration enforcement, but according to the MPDSOP, it’s immigration enforcement strategy, in other words the MPD will engage in immigration persecution, according to immigration rights activists.
A demonstration and press conference was held on Wednesday at City Hall by Voces de la Frontera, an immigrant and workers right organization, and the a local LULAC Council. They opposed the new MPDSOP policy.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (MJS) reported on Wednesday that Attorney Marisabel Cabrera who is also a Milwaukee Fire and Police Commissioner had stated that the city attorney had requested a MPDSOP policy change to comply with federal immigration laws. Cabrera wrote in an email to the MJS that, “This entire process has been intentionally secretive and undemocratic and completely undermines the (commission’s) statutorily granted powers,” Cabrera said in an email, “On top of that, it was an unnecessary and borderline malicious exercise as the (policy) was never out of compliance.”
Cabrera and other commissioners were informed that they would get an opportunity to review the policy before being implemented, but later Cabrera discovered that the policy had been already approved by the city attorney, Mayor Barrett and Police Chief Flynn. Steven DeVougas, the Chairman of the Fire and Police Commission had also signed it into policy without notifying the other 6 members of the commission, which Cabrera had questioned the lack of transparency process and legality.

Update: http://bit.ly/2szNElt Facebook video link for the July 7, German Sánchez interview with Christine Neumann-Ortiz, the executive director from Voces de la Frontera (VDLF). Neumann-Ortiz told Sánchez during interview in minute 13:31 that Alderman José Pérez first learned about the MPD Standard Operating Procedure (MPDSOP) policy that authorized Milwaukee police officers to act as ICE agents 9 days before Wednesday’s (July 5) press conference at City Hall and Ald. Pérez contacted Neumann-Ortiz and Darryl Morin from LULAC who began to negotiate with Mayor Tom Barrett a Democrat to withdraw the MPDSOP policy. They knew about the MPDSOP policy change the Monday before the Madison Rally against AB190/SB275 on June 28.
Also, the cities of Madison and Whitewater have similar SOP policies like Milwaukee.
Today, the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) in Wisconsin under Police Chief Edward Flynn takes up to 8-months for U-Visa request certification that a victim has aided an investigation of a crime. The U.S. Congress approved a U-Visa for victims of a crime to cooperate in criminal investigations without fear of deportation. Sometimes the MPD has even denied U-Visa certifications to victims of a crime, Hispanic News Network U.S.A. has learned.

Here are all the links to documents and the City of Milwaukee letter sent to USDOJ on MPD SOP immigration enforcement policy provided courtesy of Voces de la Frontera
http://bit.ly/2sNY2pT

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett And Police Chief Edward Flynn Become Anti-immigrant

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Police Chief Edward Flynn conspired in closed doors for several months to revise the Milwaukee Police Standard Operating Procedures that will include federal immigration enforcement without actually partnering with ICE’s 287g program.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

July 4, 2017

Milwaukee, WI – On Monday, it was learned that the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) would engage in enforcing federal immigration laws with the approval of Mayor Tom Barrett and Police Chief Edward Flynn. Both Barrett and Flynn met in closed doors and decided to betray the Latino community after vowing that the MPD wouldn’t engage in federal immigration enforcement and profiling. Why a sudden change of the MPD Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) policy, simply because MPD is hoping to get a U.S. Department of Justice grant for the department, but in order to get it, the department would have to enforce federal immigration laws in a partnership with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). MPD officers will be allowed to call ICE and turn over suspected undocumented immigrants they encounter during traffic stops, crime and domestic investigations under Trump’s Executive Order and if they fail to do so, federal funding would be cut.
The State of California has challenged Trump’s order and his threat to cut federal funding in a federal court, which the case is now pending. A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco has blocked any withholding of federal funds to sanctuary cities until the case is heard in a federal court.
Voces de la Frontera (VDLF), an immigrant and workers rights organization sent out an email on late Sunday informing members of the community about the lack of transparency in the decision making by Mayor Barrett that resulted in a new federal immigration enforcement initiative that MPD will undertake. What VDLF didn’t inform the Latino community was that it had the information for about a week before releasing it because MPD had invited certain members of the Latino community to discuss the change of SOP in the MPD.
As usual, VDLF and those involved decided to provide the actual information about the change of the SOP to the main stream media (this time to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) first rather than the Latino media outlets in Milwaukee and the community it is actually going to effect. Most of the Latino and Spanish speaking community doesn’t get its information from JSonline, but from the local Latino newsprint media, El Conquistador Newspaper, the Spanish Journal, El Periodico Mañanero including Hispanic News Network U.S.A. online.
VDLF relies on the Latino community for people numbers to generate mass demonstrations and protests including marches. Now, VDLF once again is seeking the support from the community to challenge MPD and Mayor Barrett’s change of the SOP that will include immigration enforcement.
A united community can make a difference rather than a few individuals attempting to take on the status quo and its political machine that had excluded Latinos from participating for decades. The Latino community in the Southside is part of the City of Milwaukee and it generates a huge tax generated base in the millions than any other aldermanic district, which the City has lacked to reinvest into the area and as taxpayers, Latinos should be included than excluded in the well being and development of the City as a whole. Latinos in Milwaukee are stakeholders as well just in case Mayor Barrett has missed their large tax contributions to the City, which helps pay for his salary and the salary for Chief Flynn including his police force.

Update: http://bit.ly/2szNElt Facebook video link for the July 7, German Sánchez interview with Christine Neumann-Ortiz, the executive director from Voces de la Frontera (VDLF). Neumann-Ortiz told Sánchez during interview in minute 13:31 that Alderman José Pérez first learned about the MPD Standard Operating Procedure (MPDSOP) policy that authorized Milwaukee police officers to act as ICE agents 9 days before Wednesday’s (July 5) press conference at City Hall and Ald. Pérez contacted Neumann-Ortiz and Darryl Morin from LULAC who began to negotiate with Mayor Tom Barrett a Democrat to withdraw the MPDSOP policy. They knew about the MPDSOP policy change the Monday before the Madison Rally against AB190/SB275 on June 28.

Here’s the 3-page Milwaukee Police Department Standard Operating Procedure on immigration enforcement released by Mayor Barret’s office and will take effect on July 6, 2017.

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