TUCSON, Ariz. — A new database will help Tucson police track all
encounters in which officers enforce SB 1070, the state’s so-called “show me
your papers” law.
The new database comes at the directive of the mayor and city councilors and is
modeled after an agreement between ACLU of Arizona and South Tucson that aims to
curb racial profiling.
Tucson police Chief Roberto Villaseor said on Wednesday that the department
will now keep a separate database to track police encounters in which
immigration officials get involved.
“Our hope is that within the next few weeks that form is automated and the
process is out to the troops so that we can go ahead and start capturing that
information and storing it in an automated fashion,” Villaseor said.
The searchable database will include the time and reason for a stop or
encounter, the time immigration officials were contacted and the nature of their
response. It will also include whether the person stopped was taken into custody
and how the stop was concluded.
The ACLU came to the agreement with South Tucson in May after filing a notice
of claim, which is a precursor to a lawsuit. The settlement requires police to
collect data to determine if officers racially profile people they stop.
The ACLU has also filed a notice of claim against Tucson regarding SB1070
enforcement, but the city has not responded, said Steve Kilar, a spokesman for
ACLU of Arizona.
Kilar said the city has not discussed implementing any of the provisions from
the South Tucson agreement.
“I think that any discussion that they’re having to adopt policies that were
adopted by South Tucson are positive,” he said.