Saying the city's budget is too stretched and that police want to maintain the trust of the immigrant community, Mayor Eric Garcetti and police Chief Charlie Beck announced today the Los Angeles Police Department will no longer comply with requests from federal immigration officials to detain suspects.
Garcetti said the department will not adhere to "detainer requests issued without judicial review."
The mayor said he wants the city to treat immigrants -- whether they are in the country legally or not -- with respect and dignity, "while we wait on the federal government to act on immigration reform."
Beck said the department would follow the mayor's directive, saying it is important for the department to have the trust of the community.
"There's nothing more important to a police department than community trust," Beck said.
—City News Service