Arizona Police Officer Calls Immigration Law 'Racist'
July 27, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
A Phoenix police officer is currently under investigation after posting an online video where he publicly condemns Arizona’s controversial new immigration law.
"This law will make me feel like a Nazi out there," said Officer Paul Dobson, a 20-year veteran of the force. "I have a great deal of contempt for it… I’m very emotional about it. This law is pure and simple a racist law."
He added that the law may deter illegal immigrants or people of Hispanic origin from reporting crimes.
Dobson is the target of an internal investigation due to the fact that he did not ask for his supervisor’s permission to air his comments publicly.
The three-minute video was produced by the Brave New Foundation, a California-based non-profit organization. The group requested statements from all state officials who will be impacted by the new law, and Dobson was the only one to respond, according to The Arizona Republic.
Meanwhile, the Arizona Latino Republican Association (ALRA) filed a motion on Thursday to support Arizona’s new law and officially denounce the Justice Department’s lawsuit against the state, according to Fox News.
The ALRA’s challenge of the federal government’s case marks the first time that a Hispanic organization has publicly supported the law, which is scheduled to go into effect on July 29.