LOS ANGELES – A three Judge panel of the State Court of Appeal has unanimously granted the appeal of Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, LA Voice and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles to overturn a Superior Court’s order enjoining the enforcement of the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Special Order No. 7.
“We are extremely pleased with the Court of Appeal’s ruling,” said City Attorney Mike Feuer. “The Court's ruling validates what we've been fighting for: Chief Beck's ability to guide how his officers implement state law regarding impoundment of vehicles.”
“We are pleased by the court's decision reaffirming the Department's authority to provide direction to its officers regarding this important matter,” the LAPD said in a statement. “Maintaining the public's trust is improved when the communities we serve believe the actions of our officers are fair, consistent and constitutional in each neighborhood of the city. Many thanks to Mike Feuer and his staff at the Office of the City Attorney for their support and outstanding work on this issue.”
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
The appeal was spearheaded by Chief Deputy City Attorney Jim Clark with a team that included Assistant City Attorney Amy Field and Deputy City Attorneys Debra Gonzalez, Gerald Sato and Heather Aubrey.