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Photos Misidentifying Cops as ICE Agents Prompts Police Department to Create Hotline

Photos circulating on social media last week confusing officers in the city’s Willmore neighborhood with immigration agents has prompted Long Beach police to create a hotline where community members can find out about police activity in their neighborhood.

The phone line is considered a temporary pilot program and officials have not yet determined how long it will last, but immigrant rights groups are grateful for the department’s efforts and the emergency meeting command staff held with them to discuss the issue.

The hotline, called the Community Information Phone Line, isn’t intended as a repository for residents to report ICE operations. It’s a way for police to answer questions about law enforcement activity in Long Beach and any perceived immigration enforcement, Chief Robert Luna said.

Read more at the Long Beach Post

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