May 12, 2007
Re "No job for the LAPD," Opinion, May 6 Who does Charles L. Lindner think he is fooling? According to our Constitution, we are supposed to be protected from foreign invasion. I believe Special Order 40 violates our Constitution and our right to be protected from foreign invaders. As for Lindner's argument regarding taxing our judicial system if Special Order 40 were repealed, how much time and money would be saved if we stopped coddling illegal foreigners? Why should taxpayers continue to be burdened with the enormous cost of illegal immigration?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2009 |
An appeals court Wednesday upheld the Los Angeles Police Department's Special Order 40, a policy governing how officers interact with immigrants. The three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeal unanimously agreed with a lower court's decision to throw out a lawsuit, in which a Los Angeles man argued that the LAPD's policy violated federal and state laws. In place since 1979, Special Order 40 prohibits LAPD officers from initiating contact with someone solely to determine whether they are in the country legally.
April 15, 2008 |
When Jamiel Shaw Sr. stood up last week to call for a change in Special Order 40, it touched an already raw nerve in the black community. Shaw's son, 17-year-old star football player Jamiel Shaw II, was gunned down within shouting distance of his house. The suspect, 19-year-old Pedro Espinoza, is an alleged gang member and an illegal immigrant. Special Order 40 has prevented law enforcement from probing the immigration status of some suspects and deporting criminals with dispatch.
April 9, 2008
The emotional heat of the immigration debate finally grew so intense that it opened up several alternate dimensions, where fact evaporates and folklore guides what passes for policy discussion. In one parallel Los Angeles, police officers see violent gang members whom they know to be illegal immigrants but can do nothing to stop them because of a politically correct edict known as Special Order 40.
August 14, 2013 |
Last April, the Los Angeles Police Department adopted a new approach to the problem of unlicensed drivers, many of whom are barred from ever obtaining a license because of their immigration status. Under the rule, known as Special Order 7, police officers are authorized to impound the cars of unlicensed drivers (as they always have been), but those drivers who have no prior violations and can provide proof of insurance may retrieve their cars as soon as they pay the impound fees, rather than waiting 30 days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2013 |
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck on Friday evening quietly rescinded the department's car impound policy, a controversial set of rules Beck put in place last year to be more lenient on immigrants in the country illegally but that a judge found violated state law. The move marked the latest setback for Beck in the long-running battle over the impound rules. In an interview Saturday the chief reiterated his belief that the policy - called Special Order 7 - was legal and necessary, saying that the recent court ruling that struck down the impound rules "undermines the authority of the police department to regulate the conduct of its officers.