Monday, December 21, 2009
TheL.A. Times reports that the new Los Angeles Police Chief, Charlie Beck has let it be known to Latinos that he will stand by Special Order 40, which limits police inquiry into the immigration status of crime victims and witnesses. "It is extremely important to build relationships with all the communities of Los Angeles," Beck told the crowd. "That cannot be done when people are afraid to have legitimate contact with police because of their status."
Do not mistake Beck's adherence to the long-time rule as a sign that Los Angeles is some kind of "sanctuary city." Rather, he has stated that the rule makes law enforcement sense.