Chief Charlie Beck Rescinds LAPD Vehicle Impound Policy

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Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck (KTLA)

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck on Friday evening quietly rescinded the department’s car impound policy, a controversial set of rules Beck put in place last year to be more lenient on immigrants in the country illegally, but which had come under fire from his own officers and a judge who found the policy violated state law.

The surprise move marked a stark reversal for Beck, who just days earlier had reiterated in an interview with the Los Angeles Times his belief that the impound rules — called Special Order 7 — were legal and necessary.

Beck had also reaffirmed the city’s plan to appeal a recent ruling by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Terry Green, who struck down the impound rules in a lawsuit brought by the union that represents rank-and-file LAPD officers.

Green concluded that Beck’s order improperly attempted to supersede state laws regarding impounds.

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