In contrast to what is happening throughout the country (esp. in Virginia) a judge in California upheld a 1979 law that states officers "do not ask about immigration status while interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects, and do not arrest people based on immigration status."
LAPD won't ask about immigration status
Thursday, June 26, 2008
(06-26) 04:51 PDT LOS ANGELES (AP) --
A California judge blocked a lawsuit that sought to enlist Los Angeles police officers in weeding out illegal immigrants.
Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu on Wednesday rejected arguments that the city's policy — under which most suspects are not asked about their immigration status — conflicted with federal and state law.
Los Angeles police work in communities with large numbers of illegal immigrants, and generally don't inquire about immigration status because it could discourage undocumented people from helping officers and reporting crimes...
Under a 1979 order formally known as Special Order 40, LAPD officers do not ask about immigration status while interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects, and do not arrest people based on immigration status...
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