Thursday, June 26, 2008

Challenge to LAPD's Special Order 40 Thrown Out!

The tragic killing of a young African American teen last spring in Los Angeles provoked much talk about the LAPD's Special Order 40, which limits police power to inquire into citizenship status of witnesses, victims, and suspects.  The L.A. Times reports that a judge Wednesday threw out a lawsuit filed by a Los Angeles resident who wanted to repeal the LAPD order. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu, granting a motion from the city and the American Civil Liberties Union, said Harold Sturgeon had failed to prove that Special Order 40 was in conflict with federal and state laws that dictate the flow of information between local and federal agencies regarding people's immigration status.


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