Man Causes stir in Latino Community Church with ‘ICE’ Jacket
Last month, a man showed up at a San Rafael church during a Spanish-speaking service. The man, Peter Acton, caused a stir among the churchgoers because he was wearing a jacket that resembled one worn by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. The man is not employed by ICE or the FBI; however, the man was a manager at the San Francisco International Airport and was placed on leave soon after the incident. The man drove a government vehicle to the church, which is registered to the city of San Francisco and that belongs to the San Francisco International Airport. Lucia Martel-Dow with the Canal Community Alliance stated,
This person — out of I don’t what kind of motivations — decided to scare them and make them feel uncomfortable knowing this is something very sensitive for the Latino and Hispanic community right now.
According to San Rafael Police Department Lt. Raffaello Pata, Acton’s jacket had ‘ICE’ written on it with an official looking emblem or seal on the back. Acton also allegedly took pictures on a cell phone in the church parking lot and videotaped the people inside of the church, which further frightened some churchgoers. Acton lives near the church and he told police that he had prior unresolved complaints about loud noises from the church services and went there to document it. Although he did not violate any state or federal laws, police nonetheless referred the case to the Marin County District Attorney’s Office for review. It’s a strange story, but it certainly seems like Acton’s actions were meant to intimidate the Spanish speaking churchgoers.