LAPD scales back its participation in Secure Communities

The Los Angeles Police Department will no longer detain some undocumented suspects on behalf of federal immigration authorities, the L.A. Police Commission decided Tuesday. The commission made that change at the request of LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. He told commissioners that L.A. should lead the way in correcting flaws in the federal Secure Communities program. Under the new policy, the LAPD will not honor detention requests for people accused of low-level misdemeanors – those that carry a bail amount of less than $5,000. Local authorities may still detain anyone accused of a higher level crime or who has a criminal history on behalf of ICE. That disappointed some immigration activists who pointed out that the change doesn’t protect all criminally innocent people from deportation.