Photo: LAPD's Charlie Beck
Charlie Beck, Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, has come out recently restating the fact his department does not participate in the practice of stopping people to verify their immigration status.
Officers for the LAPD are prohibited from stopping people on purely on the basis of their immigration status, under court-mandated Special Order 40.
This order has been in effect since 1979 as a means to gain the trust of immigrant communities in order to achieve their aid in criminal cases.
“It was a policy I had as a police officer coming up and it will be the policy as long as my children are police officers,” Beck said Thursday.
According to Beck, policy states that a person can be questioned in regards to their immigration status after they have been arrested for some other crime, but not before.