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WATCH: Police say suspect of violent murder avoided deportation six times

March 14, 2019 - 2:12 pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KFTK) — San Jose police revealed this week that Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza, 24, a self-admitted gang member and the suspect of the violent murder of 59-year-old Californian Bambi Larson, was protected from deportation on numerous accounts by the state’s sanctuary laws.

San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia led a press conference to address the issue Tuesday. During the meeting, Garcia listed Carranza’s various criminal convictions dating six years back including burglary, battery of an officer, possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia, among others.

“Our job as police officers in this city is to protect and embrace everyone,” Garcia said during the meeting. “That includes our otherwise law-abiding undocumented residents that make this city, and our country, better. Those undocumented residents who are not violent or serious criminals should not fear the police. But when we have violent or serious offenders that are preying on our community, we must have the ability to protect our residents.”

Garcia continued, "Let me be clear, we are here to protect and to embrace our otherwise law-abiding undocumented residents. We are not here, nor should we be here, to shield admitted gangsters or violent criminals regardless of immigration status.”

Watch the SJPD press conference here:

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