Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The controversy over a tragic murder in Los Angeles continues. The L.A. Times has a special feature today "40 on 40" -- forty prominent Angelenos and Southern Californians sound off about LAPD's Special Order 40, policing, undocumented immigrants and the LAPD. Special Order 40 is the 1979 Los Angeles Police Department rule, which limits police questioning the immigration status of crime victims and witnesses, which has been questioned in discussions of the murder of 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw, allegedly at the hands of 19-year-old undocumented. As LAPD Chief William Bratton noted recently, much of this conversation has been disconnected from the reality of the order, which governs how officers deal with undocumented immigrants and did not factor into the case at hand.