TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The day Governor Brewer signed SB1070 she also signed an executive order demanding training materials. It was her answer to complaints that SB1070 would lead to racial profiling. The governor's office now tells Nine On Your Side she's "pleased." But does the video do what she wanted?
The SB070 training video mostly provides expert testimony from top law enforcement officials, focuses on the law that prohibits racial profiling and identifies proper documents that'll presume one's legal status.
We asked Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada his thoughts on the video. He's seen it in its entirety.
Estrada says the 90 minute training video fails to train officers on how not to racial profile. Estrada said, "I have some concerns. I do have some issues with it. I don't feel that it provides a 100% full-proof method of implementing such a complex issue."
The AZPost training video outline each of the four ID documents, including a driver's license and tribal card, officer's will use to presume someone's legal status.
Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor is one of the experts featured. During his segment even he warns officers on how to protect themselves in reverse. Villasenor said, "Without a doubt we are going to be accused of racial profiling no matter what we do on this. The best thing we can do is document thoroughly where we develop our reasonable suspicion and probable cause."
Nine On Your Side's Steve Nunez asked Governor Brewer's spokesperson Paul Senseman if the video meets the governor's executive order forbidding racial profiling.
Senseman answered, "This video as well as this law itself provides some of the strongest protections that have ever been written into a state statute against racial profiling."
Nunez then asked: "But in the video you do hear even Tucson's Police Chief Roberto Villasenor say that lawsuits and accusations of racial profiling are inevitable?" Senseman said, "Well the police chief has already taken a political position against openly so I'll take his comment with a grain of salt."
But Estrada says officers need clear and concise training especially since he says all of the talk surrounding SB1070 has focused on one ethnic group: Mexicans. Estrada said, "They'll ignore it and they won't say but that's who they're talking about that's who they want us to target and I think every Hispanic is going to have a bulls eye on their back."
Estrada says he'll hold off on saying whether he thinks the training video is worth the time and money it's going to cost his sheriff's department. He'll only say its his duty to enforce the law. Therefore, he'll make sure all 39 of his deputies will watch the video.
The governor's spokesperson Paul Senseman says the governor has seen "pieces" of the video but he's not sure if she's seen all 90 minutes of it.
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