Arizona warns cops of #racialprofiling. #hispanic #immigration

(Politico) Ahead of Arizona’s new immigration law taking effect, the state is trying to train police to avoid getting accused of racial profiling.

The new hourlong training video features some of the state’s top law enforcement officials warning police that their enforcement of the new immigration law will be under intense scrutiny.

“We’re gonna be accused of racial profiling no matter what we do,” Tucson police Chief Roberto Villasenor said in the video, which was first posted by the liberal blog Talking Points Memo. “The best thing we can do is document thoroughly where we develop our reasonable suspicion and probable cause.”

The law is set to kick in on July 29. Critics say its granting police the right to ask for proof of citizenship from those they suspect are illegal immigrants will lead to racial profiling and the harassment of Hispanics.

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