SB 1070 Signed Into Law

Senator Russell Pearce (R) spoke with APA and MPA’s Fabian Cota regarding the Safe Neighborhoods bill before it was introduced.  MPA made it known to Mr. Pearce that MPA opposes the bill unless changes were made, like felony/misdemeanor classifications, fines, training and victim rights.  The many bills turned into one (SB 1070) and changed dramatically thanks to your MPA president and input from members.  The final bill did incorporate all the changes Cota and MPA members provided input for.  We knew it would be signed into law from the beginning of the session.  It was in the best interest of all law enforcement officers to be involved with the bill and make changes that ultimately help Mesa officers.  MPA feels this was entirely a political bill and this does not change the way officers operate in Mesa.

MPA remains neutral to the law until details on how training will be executed from AZPOST.

The Arizona Police Asn and its members were the only organization asked to support the governor in the signing of SB 1070 last Friday.SB-1070 has numerous safeguards included to protect the rights of minority groups.  The bill requires reasonable suspicion for officers to make contact and also contains language that allows officers discretion in enforcing the law. The only MANDATES in the law are:

1. Officers cannot stop a person based solely on race, color, or national origin (racial profiling).

2. “No official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may limit or restrict the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law.”

The Arizona Police Association and its members were the only organization asked to support the governor in the signing of SB 1070 last Friday.

READ THE FINAL SB 1070 HERE

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