New Trump ad spotlights Placer, Sacramento cop-killer trial

Second week of Bracamontes murder trial
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
-A +A

An online ad from President Donald Trump’s campaign has shone the immigration debate spotlight on the trial of accused cop killer Luis Bracamontes, now into its second week in Sacramento.

The campaign ad was first shown Saturday, as Congress was embroiled in a wrangle over federal Deferred Action for Child Arrivals policy changes, funding a wall and keeping government open.

Featuring Luis Bracamontes’ courtroom outbursts and threats to “kill more” people and a voice-over stating “It’s pure evil,” the ads garnered another round national attention for the case.

Bracamontes’ has been singled out by Trump after his election — when he invited the widows of Placer County Detective Mike Davis and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver to attend his February address to Congress.

Trump said at the time that their governments “had failed them,” noting that that Davis and Oliver were “viciously gunned down by an illegal immigrant with a criminal record and two prior deportations — should have never been in the country.”

And this weekend’s ad from the Trump camp again focused on Bracamontes, an undocumented immigrant from the Salt Lake City area, who is on trial for bloody shooting rampage Oct. 24, 2014. The shootings started in Sacramento and ended after a gun battle on Auburn’s Riverview Drive took the life of Davis.

The ad drew reaction from on Sunday from House Speaker Paul Ryan on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“I don’t know if that’s necessarily productive,” Ryan said on the show.

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders described the ad as “really unbelievable and so said for the country.”

The trial continued this week with Bracamontes attorneys attempting and failing to get consideration for a mistrial — based on the ad and potential juror exposure.