LAPD Won't Turn Over Illegals for Minor Crimes
Force to stop complying with federal detention requests
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2012 5:29 AM CDT
Heavy-handed immigration policy has "eroded the public trust," Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters.   (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

(Newser) – Illegal immigrants busted for low-level crimes in Los Angeles will no longer be turned over to federal authorities, says LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. The chief, who accuses federal authorities of unfairly treating illegal immigrants involved in petty crimes, says the new policy will be in place by the start of next year, reports the Los Angeles Times. The move will affect an estimated 400 people per year arrested for crimes like illegal vending or driving without a license. Known gang members or people with violent criminal records will still be handed over to the feds.

Beck said the move is intended to build trust between the LAPD and the city's different communities. "It strikes me as somebody who runs a police department that is 45% Hispanic and polices a city that is at least that, that we need to build trust in these communities and we need to build cooperation or we won't be prepared," he said. The chief said the city attorney had told him that it was not mandatory for the force to comply with detention requests from federal immigration authorities, the New York Times reports. No word yet on how the Obama administration will respond.

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Oct 5, 2012 1:36 PM CDT
The federal government will not sue because they love pandering to the illegal crowd, it's going to become the major new voting block of the 21st century. But they are going to have a revolution on their blood stained hands if they do not uphold American law and our Constitution. I promise, it will not be tolerated.
Oct 5, 2012 12:50 PM CDT
Nonsense. A crime is a crime. Equal justice under the law. Since when did the chief become judge and jury?
Oct 5, 2012 12:05 PM CDT
if you are an illegal immigrant you should be sent back when found! we dont want you here! charlie beck is a big time nut! he should not even be a cop let alone the chief! "unfairly treat" my azz!