LAPD Policy Banning Citizenship Inquiries Withstands Challenge

The Los Angeles Police Department has a "longstanding police policy that prohibits officers from initiating contact with people for the sole purpose of learning their immigration status." That policy is consistent with the belief that police officers should not accost individuals to seek information without a more legitimate reason than nosiness. The policy also protects individuals from police inquiries that are based on officers' assumption about national origins.

The frequently misguided organization Judicial Watch got it wrong again in a lawsuit it filed to free LAPD from that self-imposed restraint. Judicial Watch argued that "the city should not be using taxpayer money to enforce the policy, saying the order blocked cooperation between the local police and federal immigration agents." Wrong.

Judge Rolf M. Treu of Los Angeles Superior Court granted a motion from the city and the American Civil Liberties Union for a summary judgment to throw the suit out, arguing that Mr. Sturgeon was unable to show that the order violated federal law or impeded immigration officials from communicating with the police.

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    A victory for common sense! (none / 0) (#2)
    by LonewackoDotCom on Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 10:53:26 PM EST
    And, a defeat for the racists! Darn them for getting in the way of crooked businesses just trying to make a dishonest living and for getting in the way of corrupt politicians trying to increase their race-based power!

    P.S. The INS hasn't existed for over five years.

    I agree (none / 0) (#3)
    by Grace on Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 04:20:37 AM EST
    It's not the LAPD's job to look for illegals.  

    I'm glad the LAPD is pushing back on this.  

    New Haven, Connecticut (none / 0) (#4)
    by litigatormom on Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 11:47:53 AM EST
    has a similar policy.  Anti-immigrant activists have not challenged it in court, but in related litigation have repeatedly asserted that the NH policy amounts to "aiding and abetting" illegal immigration.  

    Very glad to learn of this decision.