Posted on November 17, 2005

Why Was Officer’s Alleged Killer Not Deported?

Don Wall, WFAA-TV (Dallas), Nov. 17

WFAA-TV Juan Lizcano in the back seat of a patrol car after the shooting.

Questions have been raised about the lack of a policy that would have kept the accused murderer of a Dallas police officer from going free two months ago.

If the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement had identified Juan Lizcano as an illegal immigrant, Officer Brian Jackson might still be alive.

ICE missed two opportunities to detain and deport Lizcano. The first came when the suspect was arrested for making a terroristic threat on September 11. It happened again six days later, when Lizcano was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

“We’ve expressed our frustrations before that we keep arresting the same people over and over again,” said Dallas police Chief David Kunkle.