The city of Los Angeles is no stranger to racial tensions. In 1965, the Watts riots resulted in the deaths of 34 people, and resulted in more than $40 million in damages. Decades later, the verdict of the Rodney King trial in 1992 led to the largest riot in the history of the United States.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is now worried, The Hill reports, that ICE’s recent crackdown on Los Angeles’ undocumented population is setting the stage for another racially-charged event. Garcetti is concerned that ICE officers are compromising the relationship the LAPD has developed with its undocumented population, which isn’t just limited to Latinos, but people from all parts of the globe.
In the Los Angeles area, where nearly one million residents are undocumented, ICE agents have reportedly identified themselves as police officers to gain the trust of undocumented people before detaining them. While trickery like this works for ICE, the tactic has created distrust among Los Angeles authorities, who need the undocumented population for crime prevention. As Mayor Garcetti told Latino USA, “[…] when ICE calls themselves police, people open that door expecting to see LAPD. It’s bad for ICE, and it’s bad for LAPD.”
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