Fort Worth Police Officer Promises to ‘Protect’ Immigrants in Viral Video
Daniel Segura, an officer with the Forth Worth Police Department, has made viral waves this week with a video aimed at immigrants afraid of the current political climate.
Segura, who serves as a department liaison to the Hispanic community, live-streamed the video, entitles “Calma Amigos!” (Calm Friends) 0n Wednesday February 1. Speaking in Spanish, the officer assures immigrants that the police will continue to protect them despite the heated nature of any discussion of immigration thanks to recent Trump administration policies.
“If you are a victim of a crime, we don’t care about your immigration status — you have the same rights as anyone else who lives in Fort Worth. We are going to defend you. We are going to protect you,” he says at one point according to CBS DFW.
The video went viral instantly. As of February 3, the clip has gained over 55,000 likes, 26,000 shares, and and well over 1,000,000 views in less than two full days.
As is to be expected, the video also received thousands of comments coming from all ends of the political spectrum. Perhaps due to the attention, Daniel Segura added a clarification to the video in the form of a comment on Thursday February 2. At 4:22 p.m. he wrote, “Something very important that I have to be clear: we will continue and we will support all laws and we are not a sanctuary city.”
The Forth Worth Police Department has released a statement on the video, which reads:
“The Fort Worth Police Department enforces all laws, protects all its citizens, and is not a sanctuary city. Officer Segura, a long time liaison to the Hispanic community of Fort Worth, addressed citizen concerns regarding fear among some of our residents of being possibly targeted by the police. Officer Segura released a video on Facebook to calm and better inform those who had concerns. The video was not intended to represent the views of the City of Fort Worth on immigration or compliance with immigration policies.”
Ω of Forth Worth also echoed the official statement from law enforcement, reiterating their community is “not a sanctuary city.”
Your Daily Dish has reached out to Daniel Segura for comment.