Skip to comments.LAPD eases impound policy for illegal immigrants
Posted on 03/16/2011 12:21:37 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
In a move closely watched by other Southern California law enforcement agencies, LAPD Chief Chalie Beck has ordered his officers end the practice of immediately seizing the cars of undocumented immigrants who are stopped at sobriety checkpoints. The move comes amid concerns that police were unfairly targeting those drivers.
The news came as a relief for Maria Ranjel of Boyle Heights. Her husband and three sons are undocumented immigrants who drive all the time, even though they're ineligible to apply for drivers licenses in California.
We know well that its against the law to drive without a license but its just because of need that we do it to take our kids to and from school, to go to and from the market," Ranjel said through a translator. "Its just too hard to take the bus.
Ranjel said police repeatedly have stopped her husband and sons at sobriety checkpoints, and impounded their cars. Its cost the family thousands of dollars.
She is part of an activist group called L.A. Voice thats been lobbying police to ease their impound policies. Ranjel was elated LAPD Chief Charlie Beck agreed.
I wanted to shout with joy at the news. Its just good news for the Latino community."
Under the LAPDs new policy, officers will give unlicensed illegal immigrants reasonable time to find someone else to drive their car home. It only applies at sobriety checkpoints and only if the driver isnt drunk or otherwise wanted by police.
Chief Beck said its the right thing to do.
The sad truth is that the people that were most impacted by this law were the people that could afford it the least generally hardworking folks who are trying to make a life for themselves in the city of Los Angeles."
(Excerpt) Read more at scpr.org ...
Across the board, from welfare to affirmative action to immigration, government policy is oriented to make social parasitism the easier, cheaper, advantageous choice and responsibility the habit that promises immense penalty.
Disparate treatment, a lawsuit waiting to happen, wher is the ACLU defending USC's and LAPR's? What an idiot, illegals have a choice not to drive.