Los Angeles-- Today the State Court of Appeal granted the request by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, LA Voice and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles, to stay the Superior Court’s order enjoining the enforcement of the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Special Order No. 7. The Court of Appeal granted the stay pending resolution of the City’s appeal from the lower Court’s order. (The Court of Appeal had granted a temporary stay on October 17th.)
“We are pleased by the Court’s decision,” said City Attorney Mike Feuer. “From the beginning, we have strongly believed that Special Order No. 7 is lawful.”
“I am encouraged by the latest decision which continues to reaffirm the merits of our impound protocols,” said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. “Our guiding principle is to ensure our every action is constitutional and mindful of the trust the public holds that we will apply the law fairly and in a measured manner.”
Special Order No. 7 is a directive to LAPD officers which addresses, in part, the impoundment of vehicles operated by unlicensed drivers. The order gives direction to officers about applying the Vehicle Code in a variety of situations, including adherence to state law governing driving-under-the influence checkpoints. It also provides guidance regarding compliance with the Fourth amendment to the United States Constitution.