Family of murdered teen sues county
The family of 15-year-old murder victim Dani Countryman is suing Clackamas County.
According to public records, the suit alleges authorities knew Countryman's killer was in the country illegally but failed to report him. Indeed, in November 2006 the person who plead guilty to Countryman's murder was convicted in Clackamas County of driving drunk.
This case reportedly prompted Clackamas County to define its policy on the handling of immigrant criminal cases. Two months after Countryman's death, Clackamas County authorities clarified county law giving police and prosecutors the ability to report non-documented individuals to immigration officials after they have been arrested on other charges.
When you have a culture of tolerance for criminal aliens you are going to end up with blood on your hands. If we can stop the tolerance for these lawbreakers we can save future lives.
Clackamas County didn't need a new law they just needed "clarification" meaning "let officers know that they can actually do their jobs" rather than try to "reach out to immigrant communities."
Let's make sure that all levels of government have this same clarification.