Local Residents Rally in Support of Police Chief While Mayor Disputes Connection with Check-points
Politics inside the City of Escondido continue to confuse and confound outsiders. But we know several things:
- Police Chief Jim Maher was placed on administrative leave over some kind of personnel matter last week.
- Chief Maher has been a controversial figure within Escondido for leading the police department in holding traffic checkpoints – which have become hotly controversial as the Mexican-American community claims they are used to ferret out undocumented migrants who don’t have drivers licenses.
- There are calls for the removal of Chief Maher from a number of advocacy groups.
- Escondido Mayor Sam Abed said Tuesday that the checkpoints and Maher’s leave are not related.