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Police Commission Delays LAPD's 'Illegal' Impound Policy

February 14, 2012  | 

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Flickr_CC: irina slutsky

The Los Angeles Police Commission has tabled Chief Charlie Beck's new vehicle impound policy that has been declared illegal by the state's legal counsel and drawn the ire of the police union.

At a Tuesday meeting, the police commission delayed approving Chief Beck's new policy that would enable unlicensed drivers, which includes illegal immigrants, to recover their vehicle sooner than 30 days, reports the Los Angeles Times. California's vehicle code requires law enforcement agencies to hold impounds from unlicensed drivers for 30 days.

The commission and Chief Beck postponed a decision for two weeks, so the City Attorney could review a report from the state's Legislative Counsel Bureau that called the chief's new policy illegal.

In April, Chief Beck announced he was loosening the LAPD's impound policy, drawing quick condemnation from the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL).

"The proposed policy change jeopardizes public safety and welfare, as well as the safety of our officers, exposes the City and its officers to liability and the modification directly conflicts with and undermines the official position taken by the City of Los Angeles," said Tyler Izen, the league's president, in a Monday statement. 

In December, Chief Beck told the Los Angeles Times that impounding the vehicles of illegal immigrants is a fairness issue that can disrupt their often tenuous hold on jobs. Fines often exceed $1,200.

The policy has been tweaked so an unlicensed driver who shows proof of insurance, a valid government-issued ID, and hasn't been involved any major accidents can retrieve the car immediately. Otherwise, the car would be impounded for the full 30 days, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.

Read Chief Beck's nine-page report to the Police Commission about his new vehicle impound policy here.

Comments (23)

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Tfordahl @ 2/14/2012 9:04 PM

Take the damn bus!

Tfordahl @ 2/14/2012 9:05 PM

Take the damn bus!

jason v @ 2/14/2012 10:38 PM

If you dont have a license you have no reason tobe driving! They car should be confiscated and smashed.

Frank @ 2/15/2012 1:57 AM

I'm convinced! This countries politicians forgot and ignore our Constitution when it comes to protecting the citizens of this country. It's all about the votes folks!

Jerry @ 2/15/2012 5:00 AM

If everyone was required to use e-verify it would stop most of the illegal immigrant problem. That would solve most of the impound lot problem too.

Mike McEntire @ 2/15/2012 5:31 AM

They need to make it a law that cars can only be sold and registered to people with licenses.

Bob D @ 2/15/2012 5:40 AM

Totally and without question a ridiculous decision. Putting unlicensed drivers back on the road? If anything, maybe the vehicles should be forfeited to the state until their immigration status is resolved. That might give them the impetus to become legitimate, law abiding , tax paying citizens. Where is Darryl Gates when you need him!!!

trigger @ 2/15/2012 5:41 AM

Nice going Chief, break the law, enable the illegals, put your officers and the citizens at risk, wow no wonder the illegals like coming here!

Bob D @ 2/15/2012 5:53 AM

Right on Trigger! They receive more breaks and benefits than those of us who have been here through birth. Frustrating and out of sync with the real world. And it is true on a national level, not just in the California area.

bpd3733 @ 2/15/2012 6:15 AM

Just how much money do you people in California make that you can afford to pay $1200 in fines?

John @ 2/15/2012 6:18 AM

It's funny how they'll bend over backwards to give illegals everything they want, but when it comes to actual citizens, they'll throw the book at you. This wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that greedy companies want to continue hiring those poor people who are willing to work for less than minimum wage and live ten to a house now, would it? Gotta make that profit after all, even if you're just cheating the system to make it...

Billy Ocean Jr. @ 2/15/2012 6:21 AM

If I get hit or a person gets killed. Beck you will be sued as well as the pimp Mayor. Unsafe law enforcement practice in the LAPD. I have an attorney on standby so standby.

Jon H @ 2/15/2012 7:30 AM

To Jerry-E verify is a complete political joke. When a SSN is ran through the E verify system, the response only indicates if it is a valid number not who it belongs to. In other words, if i want to use my 97 year old grandmothers number(or any valid stolen number), I would be validated as having a legitimate right to work here. This was a "feel good" meaningless political solution to a real problem.

BT @ 2/15/2012 7:57 AM

Beck has no spine and is ineffectual. The City really screwed up with this chief. I like to think Chief McDonald would not have placated that slimey mayor villarigrossa and his atzlan agenda, but he's in Long Beach now, well-liked by his troops and laughing at L.A.

Jim VG @ 2/15/2012 7:58 AM

It doesn't matter how much the fine or the storage fees are. They just abandon the car in the tow yard and buy another one for $200-$300. Then they can kill anyone they want after too many Bud Lights and run back south of the border. Seen it too many times.

Marshal @ 2/15/2012 8:57 AM

In many other states we hold the cars for proof of valid license, valid insurance and proof of ownership. If the state law says hold the vehicle then hold it. Why, again, are the citizens of the US having to bend over for those that are here illegally? I guess if they don't have to follow the immigration laws why should they have to follow any others? BS.

R. G. Montgomery @ 2/15/2012 9:13 AM

BPD3733, those 'fines' are not any form of enforcement, they are another revenue scheme.

Chief Beck's policy is simply the latest in a long string of decisions NOT in the public interest, but to soothe some Los Angeles city official's nitwit ideas of 'progress'.

The City of Los Angeles, along with California in general, has never had the good of the populace in mind when making decisions. All decisions are made to cement the power (not authority) of the unelected people in office.

Just one of the reasons I voted with my feet and left the People's Democratic Socialist Republic of California.

To all you decent folks who grew up there and love it, my deepest condolences.

Roper @ 2/15/2012 9:41 AM

Can the Chief brake the law? Time for a new Chief !!

come on now @ 2/15/2012 10:56 AM

Did Beck forget what his job is? it is to uphold the law! Leave it up to liberal Mayor Slimey-Goza to cater to illegal drivers. If you let someone get their car back when they are not legally able to drive on our street, the sole responsibility lies on you! If that person drives off the lot and kills someone with or in his car, I hope you foot the bill. Not the tax payers!

ET @ 2/15/2012 11:56 AM

A fairness issue? How is it fair to the millions of other law-abiding California citizens, those who come to this country legally and obtain a license legally? So does that mean if I break the law I can get more leniency? It's one thing to push for more access to public transit to help illegals keep their jobs (which is another issue altogether), but who does Chief Beck think he is, that he can unilaterally override state law?

Martyb @ 2/15/2012 4:10 PM

If you've never had the "pleasure" (That's sarcasim) of being involved with one of these "steller" unlicensed, uninsured, undocumented death merchants you should consider yourself lucky. It's even worse if the idiots were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

There's nothing like having to deal with the aftermath at a personal and administrative level...

Beck's just acting as an enabler for the left wing feel good leaders in "Ooooh La-La Land"

Tim @ 2/16/2012 6:43 AM

The law is the law. No unlicensed driver shall operate a motor vehicle on the road. Furthermore, it should be made that any UNLICENSED operator who retrieves their vehicle, shall show proof that they will be storing that vehicle off the street in a secured facility so as to no be abandoned OR operated unlawfully by that person or any other that is unlicensed or uninsured to operate said vehicle.

Any cop that puts lives in jeopardy for the sake of community relations, is not a cop who should be wearing the badge!

Mike @ 2/28/2012 12:01 PM

Mr. Beck
unfair to illegal immigrants? They are here illegally! What's fair about that? They take all the job, now business owners get to pay unfair wages for cheap labor. Gas prices go up because of them, I get to wait in traffic all the dame time. Get them the hell outta here. That would be fair! I have an idea: Let's move the US citizens south of the border and let the illegals keep the US.

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