King City, CA— Four police officers in this central California town, including the recently retired police chief and the acting chief—have been arrested following an investigation into how the department had been impounding vehicles of poor Hispanic people. With announcement of the arrests, one-third of the department's officers are under investigation. The cars were towed and sold or given to some officers when the owners couldn't pay the fees. Readers may find the Associated Press report at http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/police-officers-arrested-car-impound-scheme-22674552.
Possible relevance to the City of Pacific lies in Pacific's impound policies, which, at least in the recent past, could dispossess low income individuals of their vehicles if they could not afford impound fees. Readers are directed to the Speed Trap City blog of October 4, 2013,entitled Les Miserables and the City of Pacific.