Skip to comments.LAPD makes it easier for illegal immigrant drivers
Posted on 03/15/2011 1:40:28 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced Monday that his officers will no longer automatically tow the cars of illegal immigrant drivers stopped at sobriety checkpoints.
The policy comes in response to the concerns of Latino civil rights activists, who say impound fees are unfairly costing otherwise hardworking illegal immigrant drivers hundreds of dollars.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said his department impounds about 1,000 cars a year from illegal immigrants at sobriety checkpoints not because theyre drunk but because they dont have drivers licenses.
As we reviewed our impound policies it became obvious to me that they had disparate impact on individuals based on something that was entirely out of their control," Beck said
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it is not out of their control officer Beck ,, they could GO HOME.
It is clear that Beck does not want to loose his support with Mexican voters in future elections.
This edict is probably coming from Mayor Antonio Viva-La-Raza and not Chief Beck...
He does know that any damaged cause by his failure to enforce the law will make more attorneys richer. Hell he don’t give a damn he’s too busy trying to pad his retirement.
Exasperating, but I can't say I'm surprised by the decision.
we don need no stinkin’ license!!!!!!
Cue the picture of julio in the sombrero..
Infuriating. Dissolving America under color of authority ought to be a high crime. Treason, for instance.
No help for LA’s budget deficit!
So why not just skip getting a license and just insist that I’m an illegal aliean from Mexico?
I use my US drivers license in the Philippines ,, seems like a big mistake , I’m doing it backwards ,, next time I’m there I’ll get a RP license and use it here ... lets see the police try to look up my info on that one or scare me with “points” or even try to get me to pay a fine ...
So they’re going to CONTINUE to tow and impound cars of people who DO have licenses? How will they justify that? I hate sobriety checkpoints on constitutional grounds, but are they going to just let a stinking drunk illegal just go on his merry way? Can you get out of a DUI just by saying “I don’t have a license”? Officer: “No! You’re just not brown skinned enough.”
Ignore any press release with the word “hardworking.”
And the oath of office to uphold the law means what???
I saw vid of Beck’s presser last night, with a line-up of mexican mafia figures standing behind him. The man looked and sounded absolutely pathetic as he uttered his senseless, meaningless words.
The “latino immigrant activists” will take the same demand to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept., now that Sheriff Baca has returned from Washington D.C. where he testified on behalf of the “beleagured islamic community” vs. the evil Rep. Peter King.
These are the many important duties of law enforcement in our insane times.
“Out of their control”? Out of their control?! What, somebody forced them to drive without licenses? Somebody forced them to come here illegally? What happened to being responsible for your actions and accepting the consequences thereof?
We are truly living in bizarro world.
“So why not just skip getting a license and just insist that Im an illegal aliean from Mexico?”
You should skip paying for insurance too. If you get in an accident tell the other guy “No hay problema. Me llamo Afonso Bedoyo Gonzalez. Yo vivo en rancho grande. Adios.”
While my husband was in LA in the early 90’s he saw a car behind that wasn’t slowing down. He said he just kept repeating to himself, “That car’s going to rearend me, that car’s going to rearend me,” until it rearended him. It was an illegal with no DL, no nothing, except access to a vehicle and the roads. Our insurance paid under our uninsured rider, but the rates went up on the next renewal. We’re just thankful he wasn’t killed.
The world will be your oyster. Maybe land you a steady gig as a government employee with nice union benefits. You'll never have to work another day for the rest of your life.
Mayor MEChA strikes again.
What’s gonna happen when the first illegal who’s released, along with his car, drives off and runs down and kills a couple of youngsters..
$500 fine for driving without a license. Can you pay the cashier today or would you like to set up a payment plan?
No joke. That's how the courts handle illegals popped for no license.
Defying the law is now legal if you are an illegal. Can anything get more convoluted?
I think it will be a good day when Mexico owns Kalifornia and its debt and Barbara Boxer and Nasty Pelosi and Hollyweird and San Fran-sissy-sko. Give the U.S. the Cental Valley as compensation and take the coast.
Why would anyone not follow the dots & understand that this nation is soon to be a 3rd world country. I suppose that the fence is going to be finished...and these great new Tea Party CONgress critters are going to cut the budget more than 5%.
This, and the fact Utah went sanctuary today makes for a couple setbacks vs the illegals.
California should quit the kubuki dance, raise the Mexican flag over Sacramento already and save us all the trouble of doing it in the future. Mexico already has controlling authority over it anyway.
Thanks La Enchiladita.
The California Nightmare continues. I got out many years ago. Lucky me!
that’s the one!!
but of course he made it easier, sanctuary city and all that would anyone expect anything else?
Does the cop say, "please don't drive your car home because you don't have a license?"
Or does he say, "have a good day sir and let him drive off?"
Either way it would seem cheaper if a citizen gets pulled over to say they don't have a license.
Today, they impound the car. They call a tow service and stay at the site until your car is taken away. Then you’re on your own. It happened to a friend of mine (who let their license expire). The CHP did give him a ride off the freeway to a phone booth.
It happened to me a long time ago from a DMV error (of course the DMV denied it). The police ask me if I had AAA or a towing service I didn’t at the time and it was taken to an impound yard and i was left to walk home.
equal protection my ass...
Our government, from the federal down to the municipal, has nothing but contempt for American citizens. These illegal aliens are straining our system, closing hospitals and bankrupting treasuries, and nobody (in either party) will do a damn thing about it. The reason why the TEA Party is attacked as racist is because they are “Taxed Enough Already”, and any reduction in taxes is a reduction in handouts to both the permanent underclass and the illegal Bronze Horde. The fact that the TEA Party uses an American flag (albeit an early version) is somehow a further indication of how their ideals are incompatible with our American way of life. At this point they are the only political organization (such as it is) that represents me in any way; Dems & Repubs are simply 2 heads of the same hydra.
These impound yards pay big dollars for the towing concession. They also make big dollars impounding valuable cars from registered owners that pay to recover them. Most Illegals neither have a valuable car nor will pay to recover them, so the cars are a net loss to store. I’m guessing since the cars are worthless at auction, those towing and storage fees eventually get billed to the city.
it won’t impact the illegals.......the lawyers will not win anything from them...our daughter was hit in CA by an illegal....OUR insurance had to pay, as the cop let him drive off after rear ending her....he had no license or insurance....and he drove off on his way leaving behind a phony id...typical.
you PAID didn’t ya? sucker !!! /sarcasm
I’m questioning what exactly the law says to do with the vehicles...and I’m guessing that the cops had a protocol in place...and not a law. Typically, an abandoned vehicle must be taken by a tow truck but it is left to the cops to determine what is abandoned.
I lived outside of the US for fifteen years and only returned in the last year, and am quiet amazed at this towing scheme and the costs involved. My question...because I think it’s mostly a rip-off...what don’t charity operations start up their own towing operations (for $49 instead of the $139 typically charged), and get into the racket? I think most folks will agree that towing is now a comical affair and way over the fair price situation.
I’ve used a tow in the midwest and in North-East FL in the last year and paid ~$50.
Of course, I think you are also talking about impound fees, and that is a different deal.
To my thinking, anyone who is driving without a license (without one issued, not just forgot it at home) should have the vehicle they are in at the time impounded. They can’t drive it away. There should not be a tow kickback to the police.
No, "gun" this: It's a racket.
With control but no sovereignty, they don't have responsibility -- instead, they have deniability, and the white guy (Ahnuld, or Moonbeam) is stuck with responsibility.
It's a screwoff's paradise.
thanks fer sharin my pain...8^}
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