Message from the Acting Police Chief Regarding Fake ICE Flyers
It has come to the City of Takoma Park Police Department’s attention that flyers are being posted in and around the District of Columbia warning about penalties for supporting illegal immigration. These flyers appear to be authentic with logos from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. These flyers are FAKE. Both agencies deny issuing or sanctioning such flyers. It is not clear at this time who is posting them.
If you see any such flyer in the City, please take it down and contact the Takoma Park Police Department at 301-270-1100. The flyer is meant to scare the residents.
As former Chief Goldberg indicated to the City residents in November 2016, “The Takoma Park Police Department is committed to Constitutional Policing where the rights of all individuals are respected. As a local police department, we have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States, the Maryland Constitution and the local laws and codes. Our priority is and always has been the preservation of life and protection of property. To that end, I can assure our residents that we are apolitical and will continue to build and maintain our bridges with the community…We have no interest or authority in the deportation of immigrants. The mission and commitment of the Takoma Park Police Department is the safety and welfare of all our residents and visitors. We value and will continue to maintain our relationships with all members of our community.”
We respect all City of Takoma Park residents no matter their immigration status – Takoma Park remains a sanctuary city.