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Phoenix Officer Is Second To Sue In Federal Court to Overturn Immigration Law

May 18, 2010  | 

Phoenix Police Officer David Salgado has filed a federal lawsuit challenging SB 1070, the Arizona immigration law that requires officers to check the immigration status of suspects they question.

In his claim, Salgado says enforcing the law means he would violate the rights of Hispanics and be forced to expend his own time and resources to familiarize himself with the law's requirements, the Arizona Republic reports.

Tucson Police Officer Martin Escobar, 45, filed a separate suit in federal court against the governor, attorney general, Tucson and Pima County.

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brook @ 5/18/2010 3:10 PM

Officer Salgado doesn't want to expend his time and resourses enforcing criminal activity? The word "illegal" is not that difficult to understand. I don't recall the penal code exempting any particular ethnic group from following the law.

tim3gun @ 5/18/2010 7:39 PM

All I can say is "LAZY" your in the wrong career salgado and you're making your department look bad. Do your job and enforce the law.

Sam551974D @ 5/18/2010 8:38 PM

Since when did LAW ENFORCEMENT become a Popularity contest? Never happen! Don't forget the rancher who was murdered in cold blood who saved countless undocumented folks from death or near death, with water he treated everyone with kindness regardless of race or immigartion status, his reward was a bullet. I grew up in a border state since 1968 and it's not the same demographics or issues as back then. All anyone is asking is follow the law and do it the right way - then on to your future it's called respect a two-way street ALWAYS!!

Morning Eagle @ 5/18/2010 10:16 PM

Salgado is apparently more concerned about "violating" the "rights" of people (especially Mexicans) that are here illegally than he is about protecting the real rights of all citizens from the increasing violence being perpetrated daily on them. And he objects to the time it would take to familiarize himself with the law? When most of us went through an academy one of the things we knew we would have to do as commissioned officers was stay current with laws as new ones were enacted or current ones were modified or overturned for whatever reasons. I believe most of us also understood it would be our job to enforce the law and we took an oath to do that to the best of our ability. Maybe Phoenix has a different oath, one that says a sworn officer can pick and choose which laws he likes or sue the city or state for ones he dislikes and doesn't want to enforce? Anyway, that badge is not permanently nailed to his chest and if he or the officer in Tucson feel so strongly that they cannot, or will not, do their job, all they have to do is fill out the paper work, unpin the badge, and turn it in. They are obviously not in the right line of work and I would certainly not want to have to depend on either of them as back-up in certain kinds of situations.

ltscooby @ 5/19/2010 7:45 AM

When a new law comes into effect don't you have to familiarize yourself with the laws requirements, what a cry baby!

ltscooby @ 5/19/2010 7:52 AM

In reference to sam551974d, how about the houston undercover officer recently killed by an illegal immigrent

navar @ 5/19/2010 2:29 PM

If these Arizona officers, and I use the term officers loosely, don't want to enforce the law they should be fired. There job is to enforce the law, not whine and cry about it.

rottiedog @ 5/21/2010 6:48 PM

If he can't figure out how to enforce the law without violating people's rights, maybe he should have never been a police officer. What other laws has he enforced by violating people's rights? Get another Job Salgado.

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