SFO employee wearing ‘ICE’ jacket in Bay Area church causes stir

A man identified as an employee at San Francisco International Airport who was wearing a jacket resembling one worn by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents caused a stir at a church that ministers to the Hispanic community earlier this month, San Rafael police said.

The June 4 incident got the attention of the Canal Community Alliance and Congressman Jared Huffman’s office. Police contacted ICE and the FBI and learned the man was not employed by either law enforcement organization.

The man allegedly took pictures on a cell phone in the church parking lot and videotaped the people inside of the church, police Lt. Raffaello Pata said. His jacket had ICE written on it and an official looking emblem or seal on the back, Pata said.

Authorities have not released the man’s name, but SFO spokesperson Doug Yakel confirmed the man works at SFO.

“We are aware of this incident,” Yakel wrote in an email to the San Francisco Examiner.

He continued, “This matter is under investigation, and the employee has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”

On Friday police identified the man, who lives near the church. The man said he had prior unresolved complaints about amplified noise from the church services and went there to document it. He could not readily explain why he wore the ICE jacket he recently purchased online, Pata said.

Detectives learned the jacket is a novelty item that does not resemble the actual ICE jackets, Pata said. The man did not violate any state or federal laws, but police are referring the case to the Marin County District Attorney’s Office for review, Pata said.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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