Sunday, July 04, 2010

Police guidelines underscore complexities of Arizona immigration law

The new training video does not explain how a police officer can think someone may be here illegally without looking at their race. There are many confusing statements in the video and all police officers are not even required to watch it. - - Donna Poisl

A training video focuses on how officers can suspect someone of being in the country illegally without taking race into account. Some of the law's aspects defy explanation, even by state officials.

By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Phoenix — Police officers enforcing a controversial new Arizona immigration law cannot use race to form a suspicion that someone is in the country illegally, but can rely on people's ability to speak English, their dress and whether they are in an area where illegal immigrants congregate, according to state guidelines released Thursday.

The 90-minute training DVD and accompanying paperwork will be distributed to 15,000 law enforcement officers statewide charged with enforcing the sweeping new law, which is scheduled to take effect July 29.
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