Police to Ignore California Impound Law Amid Concern of Fairness to Illegal Immigrants

William Lajeunesse, Fox News, March 22, 2012

The Los Angeles Police Department will soon start ignoring California state law, which requires police to impound the vehicles of unlicensed drivers for 30 days.

The majority of unlicensed motorists in Los Angeles are immigrants who are in the country illegally and have low-income jobs. The LAPD says the state’s impound law is unfair because it limits their ability to get to their jobs and imposes a steep fine to get their car back.

As long as drivers can produce some form of I.D., proof of insurance and vehicle registration, they’ll be allowed to keep their car. Police Chief Charlie Beck insists that it’s simply leveling the playing field.

“It’s about fairness. It’s about equal application of the law,” Beck told a Los Angeles TV station earlier this month.

Opponents of Beck’s decision are furious and refer to studies showing unlicensed drivers are among the most dangerous on the road. Indeed, a 2011 AAA study titled “Unlicensed to Kill” finds they are five times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes and more likely to flee the scene of a crime.

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Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley wrote Chief Beck, saying his policy would be “invalid” in light of state law, which states a vehicle “shall be impounded.” But supporters of Beck’s decision say, regardless of the law, he’s doing the right thing for illegal immigrants who cannot yet obtain driver’s licenses here.

“A low-income person doesn’t have the ability to pay the fees after 30 days to get their car back,” said Cardinal Roger Mahony, former Archbishop of Los Angeles and an immigration activist. “Basically, we’re just creating more punitive problems for them.”

The L.A. Police Commission voted in favor of the new policy 4-1 last month. The LAPD says officers will begin implementing it in a matter of weeks. The city attorney has also sided with Beck’s decision.

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  • Oil Can Harry

    Disparate Impact strikes again…

  • WHAT COMMUNISM!!

  • Christopher_Nelson

    Fairness to criminals. Yeah.

    How fair is illegal immigration to Americans tho?

    • ageofknowledge

      It’s illegal and completely unfair but the government doesn’t care anymore.

  • The day will come when someone will be killed in a collision with an unlicensed illegal who had been stopped previously but did not have his car impounded.  Lawsuits will ensue and the city will pay out millions.  You heard it here first.

    •  That happens every single day but without a lawsuit. Drunk driving accidents and el hitto y el runno happen 24/7 in this country.

    • That “day” comes and goes on a regular basis here in LA and around the country. It doesn’t matter to the diversity and LA Razas how many Americans are killed and maimed at the hands of illegal invaders in this country. We are simply cannon fodder in their quest for diversity at any cost, legal or illegal.
       
      In addition, don’t count on lawsuits to make victims whole again. If the City of San Francisco cannot be held liable when an illegal invading gang banger (who was released from custody instead of being deported) murders an entire family in cold blood, what chance does any citizen have against your run of the mill, drunk driving illegal invader against the city?

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      The day will come when someone will be killed in a collision with an unlicensed illegal who had been stopped previously but did not have his car impounded.

      Already happened.  Repeatedly.  Beck, Villar, One Bill Gil could not care less.

       A little four-year-old boy was struck by a car in a Santa Rosa crosswalk as he walked to soccer practice with his mom and two sisters, one of whom was his twin. He died the next morning in the hospital.

      The driver turned out to be an illegal alien, Marcos Lopez Garcia, who had two prior arrests for driving without a license

      The LA Police Commission held a forum in Northridge, and hundreds of concerned citizens showed up (many listeners of the John and Ken radio program, since they have been publicizing the issue). 

      Don Rosenberg spoke as the father of a son, Drew, killed by an unlicensed illegal alien driver who had been previously arrested but released.

      Bon

    • ageofknowledge

      Will come? Happened to me while coming home from elementary school crossing the street in LA back in 1968 in the crosswalk, walking my bike, on my greenlight. The drunk illegal never even bothered to hit the brake until he had already entered the intersection on a red light. Destroyed my bike but narrowly missed killing me. I’ve watched them run over off duty military personnel in National City in the early 80’s run over people crossing the street in Van Nuys a decade later. Not one ever stopped. Never once. Only when they were run down by police and concerned citizens did you find out they were illegal.

  • These people don’t even want citizenship. Why would they? They already have super-citizenship.

    They use taxpayer-funded systems like roads without paying taxes. They earn un-reported incomes and do not pay income taxes. They receive food stamps without paying taxes in any way. They send their kids to a de facto 7 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon babysitter, the public school system. The schools feeds their little anchor babies breakfast, lunch and in some cases dinner. The Mexicans don’t pay a penny for this. Mexicans also vote without proving citizenship. They drive without licenses and do not register or insure their vehicles. Even when a Mexican is drunk, driving without a license, registration, and proof of insurance their car can’t get impounded.

    They get everything that a tax-paying U.S. citizen gets, and more, without paying one penny for it.
    Paying for things is for Gringos. Having a license is for Gringos.

    • Ditto! With citizenship comes responsibility and these invaders want nothing to do with that! In addition we have essentially nullified our laws as it pertains to them. They have no accountability as it stands. Why would they give that up when being an illegal invader has so many perks and advantages! Besides, it’s easier to scam the system when you’re living “beneath the shadows!”

      • Don’t forget the free healthcare.  Don’t expect them to be buying health insurance in 2014.

  • The_Bobster

    The people in charge of firing him approved (if not mandated) this policy.

  • JohnEngelman

    The majority of unlicensed motorists in Los Angeles are immigrants who are in the country illegally and have low-income jobs. The LAPD says the state’s impound law is unfair because it limits their ability to get to their jobs and imposes a steep fine to get their car back.      
                        
    – William Lajeunesse, Fox News, March 22, 2012
        
     I would expect the Los Angeles Police Department to understand the meaning of the word “illegally.”

  • Yes…we are becoming a police state in which local police decide which laws they will enforce and who they will enforce it against. The state legislature looks the other way because they get the benefit of the decision without having to spend any political capital to make the changes.

  • Thanks for the tip on Civil War II! I just downloaded it on my Nook!

  • By who? The La Raza mayor who appointed him to tow the line with his reconquista agenda! What about the Boad of Supervisors, who have also conspired against Whites, and have never met a racial cause (as long as it’s not Whites)  they have not fully embraced.  

  • I wouldn’t count 0n it! Being an illegal invading Mexican has it’s advantages apparently, especially when you have a local government who wants to make life as comfortable as possible for these criminals!

  • MissBonnie123

    “A low-income person doesn’t have the ability to pay the fees after 30 days to get their car back,” said Cardinal Roger Mahony.

    No, but they (illegal aliens) eventually have the money to pay coyotes thousands of dollars to sneak into the United States.

    • Yeah…they never talk about that part of the equation!

  • MissBonnie123

    No way! Remember, we White people don’t count in the country that our race founded and established. We must move over to make room for people who have their own countries but don’t want to live in them.

    Besides, according to one Mexican I spoke to,  ALL White people are wealthy.

    If only this were so!

  • CA AG is one Kamala Harris, amnesty and open borders all the way.  Her bio might suggest why:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamala_Harris#Early_life_and_education

  • So what other laws will this police chief start ignoring if it effects illegals?

  • Kevin Vail


    “It’s about fairness. It’s about equal application of the law,” Beck told a Los Angeles TV station earlier this month.”

    Wow, talk about Orwellian language. This sentence means exactly the opposite of what the plain sense of the words is.
    What he means is “it’s about unequal application of the law”.
    If a white guy gets pulled over and arrested his car will be impounded, if a Hispanic gets pulled over and arrest his car will not be impounded.

  • What does jurisdictional issues or having a “say” in the matter have to do with it? The Board of Supervisors has no “say” or jurisdiction over Arizona. Yet that did not stop them from voting in favor to boycott Arizona, in response to the passage of its “controversial” illegal immigration law.
    Clearly, based upon the precedent created, the Board of Supervisors would have no restrictions voting on this matter if they wanted to. However, since this decision fits nicely with their pro-illegal agenda, do not expect a vote anytime soon!

  • Southern__Hoosier

    I have a solution to the problem. Toll truck divers just need to make a small donation to the police for every car they toll. Then the police would care less about fairness. 

  • ageofknowledge

    California politicians are counting on illegal aliens and their many welfare anchors to fund the $400 billion high speed rail boondoggle despite a massive deficit. That’s how out of touch they’ve become.

  • Lou

    My God is it just me or are we talking about ILLEGAL immigrants ?   WTF is going on over there ?

  • Lou

     I say we must stand and fight.. Not flee. This is our damn country and we mustn’t forget that.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is worthless, treasonous jerk.

    In a just world, Police Chief Beck would be fired, tarred and feathered, and run out on a rail. . Didn’t this idiot swear an oath to “uphold the laws”? 

    We all pay higher insurance bills to cover the uninsured drivers and woe be to any legit driver in California who doesn’t have uninsured motorist as part of his car insurance.
    Bon

  • The only thing that matters in California is that they get their cheap labor.   It is a blue pro-scab labor state.

  • Who do you think appoints the judges?