Chief Charlie Beck made a point yesterday of saying the longstanding LAPD policy of not initiating contact to check on someone's legal status is good policy. "Because of the ongoing issues in Arizona, I wanted to make something perfectly clear," Beck said. "Special Order 40 is the mandate of this department. …That is how I will police this city as long as I am the chief of police." Tensions over Arizona's new law are expected to swell crowds at May Day rallies on Saturday, including a big one downtown. Also last night, Gov. Schwarzenegger said on Jay Leno of the Arizona approach: "I would never do that in California. No way."
Beck reiterates he's for Special Order 40
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