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LAPD sued over impound policy that lets some undocumented drivers without licenses keep their cars

The same conservative watchdog group that sued the Los Angeles Police Department over its Special Order 40, which prohibits officer from inquiring about immigration status, has now sued the department over a revised vehicle impound policy that gives officers greater discretion in determining whether to impound the vehicles of unlicensed drivers.

The group, Judicial Watch, alleges in its lawsuit that local government can't regulate matters covered by the state vehicle code. The LAPD's previous impound policy had long been criticized as placing an undue burden on undocumented immigrants who drive to and from work; it was modified earlier this year. KPCC political reporter Alice Walton writes:


Judicial Watch wants to prevent the LAPD from using tax dollars to implement Special Order 7, which would allow the impound period for the vehicle of an unlicensed driver to be shortened from 30 days to one day. The policy would apply in circumstances where the driver has insurance, valid identification, has not caused a collision and has not been cited previously for unlicensed driving.

"This is yet another example of the Los Angeles Police Department"s unlawful use of taxpayer dollars to further Los Angeles" status as a sanctuary city," said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. "Special Order 7 is illegal and dangerous. Unlicensed drivers " whether unlawfully present aliens or not " are a menace to public safety."

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