Is this where Pacific Police received their immigration enforcement training?
Here is a question for you: If I remember correctly, at the time Pacific was racially profiling Latinos, one of the city's finest was receiving training from an Arizona police agency. He shared his wisdom with fellow officers in a memorandum instructing them that, if a Latino said their interrogations were illegal, that was reason enough to detain them. In other words, trying to assert your civil rights is an offence subject to arrest.
Since then, two Washington courts have ruled that stopping drivers for a broken taillight doesn't enable the police officer to ask about immigration status. The instruction: If you stopped them for the taillight, deal with the taillight issue, not their skin color.
Here's what CNN reported today:
Sheriff Joe Arpaio has cost Maricopa County, AZ at least $22 million for his use of racial and ethnic profiling. While he is appealing the decision, the court has ordered a monitor to oversee retraining in the sheriff's office and the creation of a community advisory board.
During the next 18 months, according to CNN, the county will have to spend nearly $22 million for the monitor and the retraining and then another $10 for follow-up. That's not a whole lot of money, because the county, which includes Phoenix, has a total budget of $2.2 billion, according to CNN.
I don't recall whether it was this Arizona agency that provided the training for Pacific's officers. This would be a good time for the city council to raise that question, determine how many officers received training, and whether any of the officers who may have been influenced directly or indirectly from the training are still on the Pacific police force.
This news breaks at a time when the City of Pacific is discussing creating the position of Chief of Police and eliminating the position of Public Safety Director. John Calkins has been the city's Public Safety Director for 14 years, although he frequently wears a police uniform and in the past has worn a sidearm and referred to himself as the Police Chief. It is my understanding that he is not a commissioned officer.
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