OAKLAND -- Oakland police officers have stopped setting up roadblocks to check whether drivers are under the influence because of a rash of complaints from the Latino community and City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente.
The checkpoints, which allow officers to demand licenses and proof of insurance, are an effective way to get drunken drivers off Oakland's streets, city leaders agree. But the checks also have ensnared dozens of illegal immigrants who are not licensed to drive yet otherwise obey the law.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol is dangerous. Drunk drivers kill people every day (excuse me for stating the obvious). The mind boggles. But the police do not want to catch people who are driving without a legal driver's license since most of those are illegal aliens. Of course the police ought to be arresting those illegals and holding them for deportation. But our worthless elites are determined to continue undermining the enforcement of immigration law.
Its absolutely insane to stop these checkpoints, Councilman Larry Reid told the Oakland Tribune. I would not want to explain to a mother why we stopped doing these checkpoints when we know they work and her son or daughter was killed.
Update: Former California Governor and now mayor of Oakland Jerry Brown has ordered the resumption of DUI traffic stops.
Oakland police officers will restart the roadblocks next week, despite complaints from the Latino community and City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente (Glenview-Fruitvale). The last checkpoint happened more than a month ago.
"The so-called moratorium is hereby terminated," Brown said Monday. "The whole thing was a dumb idea."
Jerry Brown has been showing other signs of common sense of late with his recently stated opposition to loosening the "three strikes" law for convicted felons.
Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown told a legislative committee Monday that passage of a ballot measure to modify the state's "threestrikes" law would "wreak havoc" in his city and in communities all over the state.
"Under this law, you're going to cut loose thousands of people who the prosecutors of this state - all 58 of them - think should be locked up for the rest of their lives," Brown told the hearing on the upcoming Proposition 66 measure.
Brown, mayor of a poor lower class city, knows he needs every tool of law enforcement he can get in maintain the peace and keep the law-abiding people safe from law-breakers. If only most of our political elites could adopt a similar attitude we'd be a lot better off.
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