Santa Maria Police Chief Ralph Martin said he had no choice but to issue a fake news release in February that stated Jose Santos Melendez and Jose Marino Melendez had been arrested and turned over to immigration officials. The action was necessary, he said, to prevent them from being killed by MS-13 gang members.
Santa Maria Police Chief Ralph Martin said he had no choice but to issue a fake news release in February that stated Jose Santos Melendez and Jose Marino Melendez had been arrested and turned over to immigration officials. The action was necessary, he said, to prevent them from being killed by MS-13 gang members. Santa Maria Police Department via Noozhawk
Santa Maria Police Chief Ralph Martin said he had no choice but to issue a fake news release in February that stated Jose Santos Melendez and Jose Marino Melendez had been arrested and turned over to immigration officials. The action was necessary, he said, to prevent them from being killed by MS-13 gang members. Santa Maria Police Department via Noozhawk

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December 01, 2016 11:34 PM

Santa Maria police chief defends sending fake news release, says it saved lives

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