I’m already running late this morning but three things from this article.
1. Of course:
After 287(g) began in 2007, the total number of Hispanic defendants arrested for not having a driver’s license more than doubled from the previous year. And according to a January 2008 report from the sheriff’s office, the top overall charge for those in the 287(g) population then was not having a driver’s license. Even as late as July 2010, arrestees flagged by the sheriff’s office for deportation were so disproportionately low-level offenders that the Department of Homeland Security — which oversees ICE — sent an email urging corrective action. Davidson County’s was one of only nine 287(g) programs in the country so far afield of the new standard.
As I’ve said before, the way 287(g) runs here is set up to provide everyone with cover, but you have to have a really low opinion of the intelligence of police if you think that they don’t know that everyone they run through the system, for whatever reason, is, you know, going to be run through the system.
2. If the police department honestly believes they have good ongoing relationships with the Hispanic community and it’s the people trying to bring to their attention the terrible relationship between the Hispanic community and the police who are “fear-mongering,” then we have some enormous problems in our police department. Let’s hope this is just posturing:
Metro police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford vehemently denies that accusation, accusing Ozment and other advocates who push it of “fear-mongering.” She claims the department maintains a good ongoing relationship with the city’s Hispanic communities. She also cites official police policy, which encourages officers to give citations to those who don’t have a driver’s license when possible.
Karla Weikal, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, says Gonzalez should’ve had access to either jail phones or, at least, a pay phone in the lobby. She also denies Gonzalez’s allegations that deputies there told her she would never see her family again, and that she’d never get to complete her education because she would be deported.
“Individuals who are incarcerated make many allegations,” Weikal says. “We have no reason to believe these allegations are true.”
When one party has been chastised by the Federal Government for not executing a program according to guidelines, when they’ve been sued by people for incorrectly implementing the program, when they embarrassed the whole city by shacking a woman during childbirth, when whole neighborhoods are terrified of them, and when the other party is a kid who’s never had any problems with the law except for driving a hair too fast, it isn’t the kid with the credibility issue. Let’s not bullshit here.