Court Rejects LAPD Impound Ban #VB122
August 16, 201315 Comments
Los Angeles, CA Judicial Watch Litigation Director Paul Orfanedes describes the legal battle to uphold the California State Constitution following an astonishing attempt by the Los Angeles Police Department to deviate from uniform state laws that govern the use of all motor vehicles, traffic and the flow of traffic. As if it was a country separate and apart from the United States and the State of California, the City of Los Angeles enacted a vehicle impound policy that would exempt unlicensed drivers from the mandatory impound policy in the state of California. L A City, under pressure from the immigrant rights lobby groups ACLU. CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights of L.A.) and La Voice, had pushed the City to enact a policy instructing LAPD officers to ignore the State Law that requires them to confiscate automobiles of unlicensed drivers. A superior Court Judge held that the policy was illegal and could only be changed by the State Legislature. Following the Judicial decision, the ACLU and others immediately announced they would appeal the decision. For some reason, the organizations prefer to settle the matter in the courts rather than the Legislature where the elected representatives of the citizens usually debate the issues then vote on whether to change the State Constitution.