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Chinga La Polimigra: Phoenix Police Department’s Violations of Operations Order 4.48

The Chinga la Polimigra Campaign is Puente’s campaign against the racial profiling of Phoenix residents by the Phoenix Police Department (PPD). Our campaign is fighting to end PPD’s immigration policy Operations Order 4.48, which functions as the implementation arm of Arizona’s anti-immigrant policy SB1070.

Report findings have shown that, against the mandate of their own 4.48 policy, Phoenix Police Department:

  • Collaborates with ICE and MCSO;
  • Prolongs stop times to determine the legal status of residents;
  • Has held and later transported individuals to ICE;
  • Questions and detains juveniles and residents during consensual contacts;
  • Are negligent in tracking and documenting the length of stops, gender and ethnicity of the person stopped, reason for contacting ICE, type of violations, and the outcome of encounter.

The Phoenix Police Department has failed to comply with their own Operations Order 4.48. The data shows that Phoenix Police officers continue to partake in racial profiling practices and operates as Poli-migra through Operation Order 4.48. Ending Operations Order 4.48 is a step in the direction towards repealing SB1070 and ending statewide racial profiling by police. Police officers are not immigration officers; they should not have the power to question the immigration status of Phoenix residents.

Read the full report here.

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