Services for Sacramento Sheriff Deputies Set for Next Week; Will Brown Attend?

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at joeguzzardi@capsweb.org, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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October 31, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown may rue his welcoming invitation to all Mexicans whether or not they’re citizens. Brown’s judgment proved faulty on October 24 when, during a six-hour rampage, illegal alien Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte shot one motorist and three northern California sheriff’s deputies, killing two of them.

U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice said that Monroy-Bracamonte’s fingerprints match those of a Mexican national who had been deported in 1997 after an Arizona drug conviction. Previously in 2001, Monroy-Bracamonte was deported for an unspecified crime.

Officer Danny Oliver was slain
in the line of duty by an illegal alien
Oliver's widow, Susan

Monroy-Bracamonte is charged with two counts each of murder, attempted murder and carjacking. The suspect’s wife, Janelle Marquez-Monroy, also was arrested and is charged with carjacking and attempted murder. The victims are Danny Oliver, a 15-year veteran of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s office who leaves a wife and two children, and homicide detective Michael David Davis, married and a father of four.

Marcelo Marquez, the alias Monroy-Bracamonte gave to law enforcement officers, came to California from Salt Lake City. A database search of Utah court records for Marquez uncovered ten citations for misdemeanor traffic offenses and small claims filings for unpaid debt. Under the terms of Brown’s all-forgiving Trust Act, however, it’s unlikely that Monroy-Bracamonte would have been put into deportation proceedings. Prosecutors are considering the death penalty for the murderers.

In a Fox News interview, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said that Monroy-Bracamonte had not only been deported twice, he was also removed from the border back to Mexico twice, but returned the same day each time. Watch Sheriff Jones’ press conference here.

Brown ordered the Capitol flags to be flown at half-staff and sent condolences to the victims’ families. In his statement, Brown called the murders “brutal” and said that they “…are a tragic reminder of the sacrifices we demand of our peace officers and the incredible courage they display as they protect our communities.”

But Brown’s actions, including his come one, come all invitation to Mexican nationals, and his pro-alien Trust Act, contradict his sympathetic sentiments. Since 2011, Brown has signed a series of bills that grant benefits to aliens that should be reserved for citizens only, an insult to Californians.

Californians are waiting to see if Brown will attend the funerals of Oliver and Davis. Fox News called Brown’s office to ask directly, but got an evasive response. Attending would be the right thing for Brown to do. But Brown might be unwelcome in a group of law enforcement officers who know too well that Brown’s repeated support of aliens has encouraged more to come, including stone cold killers like Monroy-Bracamonte.

Deputy Oliver will be remembered in Roseville on November 3; Deputy Davis, on November 4. Both services will be held at Adventure Christian Church and are open to the public.

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