Monday, April 21, 2008

More On LA's Special Order 40

A wide discussion on abolishing or revising Los Angeles' Special Order 40 followed the killing of a star athlete who was black by a Latino gang-banger who was undocumented. Special Order 40 forbids LA police from inquiring into one's immigration status. Generally the Latino community has resisted the idea of change -- as well as the LA Times, law enforcement, and some blacks. The nativists naturally have always favored doing away with Special Order 40. Blacks, reflecting their sense of being victimized by Latino violence, tend to seek some modification. The LA Times has been collecting reactions and published 40 opinions.

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