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LAPD Police Chief on Immigration: Fight Crime, Protect Communities

Yesterday, in “Warning: Talking Sanely about Immigration May Be Hazardous,” we reported on Sacramento’s Police Chief Rick Braziel, and his measured, rational approach to immigration and community policing. Today, we are happy to highlight another key voice on this issue. Outgoing LAPD Police Chief William J. Bratton is a member of the rapidly-growing network of police chiefs across the nation calling for a serious immigration overhaul.

LAPD chief: Cops shouldn’t tag immigrants

Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton said Tuesday the LAPD must stay out of the business of collaring illegal immigrants if it wants to keep solving crimes.

Bratton, who ends his seven years as chief Saturday, urged his eventual successor to continue a three-decade-old policy known as Special Order 40. It prohibits officers from stopping people solely to determine whether they are in the country illegally.