On Friday, August 2, 2013, a dozen community activists descended on the corner of Soto St. and 1st Street in Boyle Heights, to protest the racist LAPD checkpoints.
Led by the efforts of the Community Service Organization (CSO), people demanded that the LAPD and the City of Los Angeles stop the targeting of Mexican/Chicano communities, many of whom are undocumented immigrants with no driver’s license and who are easy prey for car confiscations.
Car impounds generate high revenue in fees and taxes for local cities, including the Police Garage Association, along with their owners who donate substantial monies to campaigns of local L.A.city politicians. LA City Councilmember Mitch Englander, for instance, has received at least $13,000 dollars.
Chicano community activists, such as Carlos Montes, David Sánchez, John Ortiz and others highlighted the fact that these police checkpoints never target communities in Bel-Air, UCLA-Westwood, West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, or other affluent communities.
Early this year, the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council passed a resolution calling on the LAPD to stop the car impounds in Boyle Heights; see www.bhnc.net for past meeting minutes.
Protestors waved posters warning local residents about the police checkpoint and handed out Know Your Rights flyers.
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