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The shape of things to come? Sure looks like it. And this incident happened before Gov. Jan Brewer signed the SB1070 into law on Friday. Video and story from AzFamily.com. PHOENIX – A Valley man says he was pulled over Wednesday morning and questioned when he arrived at a weigh station for his commercial vehicle along Val Vista and the 202 freeway.


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Apr. 30th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
Actually, this looks like the Officer asked him questions that had no bearing on the stop, and that the Officer didn't care about the legal documents the driver had to begin with...in short, nail the officer, as he was outside his P/C.
Apr. 30th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Every person who is stopped in this fashion should familiarize himself with Title 42, United States Code, Section 1983.
May. 1st, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
I've mostly been quiet about all the hoopla going on about the new law in arizona. Anyone with access to a telephone, including police officers who happen to be on duty, can contact the immigration authorities and report a suspected illegal alien in the USA. Immigration can then question, and detain, anyone who they suspect may be an illegal alien, until they are satisfied that the person is a citizen or lawful resident of the US.

In substance, all that this new law in arizona does is make it a formal duty of arizona police officers to check citizenship or legal residence status on anyone that they have a reasonable articulatory suspicion is an illegal alien.

The police in the usa have always been able to detain someone if that person is unable to produce suitable identification documents upon suitable request. It is not a crime to refuse to identify oneself to the police upon request, but, if the police have a reasonable suspicion that you may be the criminal they are looking for, they can detain you for quite some time while they ascertain your identity by other means, usually by picture and fingerprints. Just like they can detain your car on the side of the road while they are calling for a drug dog to come and sniff at your car.

what arizona is really doing is metaphorically kicking congress in the ass and telling them to get their shit together on immigration policy. It's an ugly way to handle an ugly situation, but congress has been remarkably impervious to gentler forms of persuasion.
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