Bill Montgomery's Apartheid Policies Challenged by Puente's Carlos Garcia in Videotaped Confrontation
At one point, Garcia mentions the case of Sol Zenil, a 23 year-old undocumented woman who spent six months in jail nonbondable on bogus charges, which Monty's officewas forced to drop to a misdemeanor, after it was discovered she had been using her own lawfully obtained Social Security Number to work.
As Garcia observes, the Zenil case demonstrates that Monty has prosecutorial discretion to reduce all of these unjust felony charges against the undocumented to misdemeanors, not just when the MCAO screws up a case.
My favorite exchange in the video occurs when Garcia states that Montgomery obviously has aspirations to statewide office. Then Monty insists that he is not running for governor.
"That's good to know," Garcia responds, "because I don't think anybody in our community would even think about voting for you right now."
Montgomery never recovers from this tongue-lashing. Scarlet-faced, he attempts to defend himself, making an unusual autobiographical claim, which I've never heard before.
"I know exactly what it looks like when your parent goes away and you don't see them," Montgomery tells the audience. "My father spent time in prison. I know exactly what it looks like. I know exactly what it is to fear what's going to happen, where's food going to be at that night, when are they going to come back? I know. Do not try to tell me I'm acting in ignorance on that point."
I've heard Monty sing the blues about his supposedly impoverished upbringing in California, but this is the first time I've heard him drop that his pop was in prison. What for, I wonder?
If this sob story is true, he has even less reason for treating the undocumented as he does. Because I'm guessing Monty's dad did something a lot worse to land in the Big House than working at a restaurant or garment factory.