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Police union to sue the city and LAPD over one-day impound policy

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Calling it a "catch 22" for officers, the Los Angeles Police Protective League announced Thursday that it will be filing a lawsuit against the City of L.A., and the police department, over the new one-day vehicle impound policy for unlicensed-drivers.

The new policy, recently approved by the Police Commission, conflicts with state law mandating a 30-day impoundment for a car driven by an unlicensed driver, says the LAPPL.

A conflict of code now exists, they believe, that puts officers in a no-win situation where they may be subjected to potential civil liability issues if a car released under the one-day policy is involved in a collision resulting in injury or death.

The decision to take legal action "is not a position on immigration policy" the LAPPL said in a statement. Rather, the lawsuit is "based on our duty to fairly represent and protect the working conditions of LAPD officers,” states League President Tyler Izen.


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