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Police Commission Backs LAPD Chief's New Impound Policy

February 28, 2012  | 

The Los Angeles Police Commission Tuesday endorsed Chief Charlie Beck's new impound policy that would return vehicles to unlicensed drivers sooner than the state-mandated 30 days.

The commission voted 4-1 to approve Chief Beck's plan after a few minor amendments, reports the Los Angeles TimesChief Charlie Beck's vehicle impound policy has been declared illegal by the state's legal counsel and drawn the ire of the police union.

Under the new policy, unlicensed drivers, including illegal immigrants, could recover their vehicle sooner than 30 days. California's vehicle code requires law enforcement agencies to hold impounds from unlicensed drivers for 30 days.

The commission had postponed endorsing the new policy on Feb. 14.

Tags: LAPD, Charlie Beck, Impounding Vehicles


Comments (4)

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david @ 2/28/2012 4:49 PM

So let me get this straight. A Rouge State that doesn't follow Federal Law is upset about a Rouge Police department that doesn't follow State Law? Who'd a thunk it. You set a bad presidence by saying the States don't have to comply with Federal drug laws (medical marijuana) and then get upset when locals don't follow State laws.

John @ 2/28/2012 10:23 PM

Drug laws are a COMPLETELY different issue here. After all, I'd rather work with a pothead than a crackhead any day of the week. In this case, the LA system is circumventing a law which was designed to inhibit unlicensed drivers, and in doing so is supporting illegal immigration, which is creating an economic burden on the working poor of this country.

TimFromLA @ 2/29/2012 12:47 AM

This is what happens when the Mayor appoints both the chief and commissioners. There is no autonomy. Villaraigosa wants to be remembered as the mayor who supported the undocumented workers.

Fed Cop @ 2/29/2012 10:02 AM

Ain't it great when you can pick and choose which laws you want to enforce. Prohibite your officers from discovering if perps are illegals, returning cars back to illegals without driver's licenses, Jerry Brown releasing 40,000 convicted felons, ... What next? Why does LA even have a police force? Oh ya, they're there to keep the US citizens in check.

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