There is a huge dust-up occurring on the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians’ reservation pitting the tribe against the Riverside Sheriff and his deputies.
Since December, deputies have shot and killed 4 tribal members on the reservation, including 3 who engaged deputies in a running gun battle this May. There was also a report of shots fired at a police helicopter.
Sheriff Stan Sniff on Monday requested the National Indian Gaming Commission to shut the casino down citing public safety concerns. A few months ago the active Riverside Sheriff’s union issued a warning that the casino was unsafe for people to visit.
Longtime Tribal Chairman Robert Salgado held a news conference explaining the tribe’srights to require deputies to state their business before entering the reservation in matters other than an emergency.He said no routine patroling is allowed and will be treated as a trespass.
The deputies are concerened that suspects are being tipped off when they inform the tribal security of search warrants they are serving, and that the element of surprise is lost, creating an added risk of violent engagement.
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