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HPD requests clarification of ICE order

Mar 01, 2017 7:00 am

Rosa Acheson is reporting in the Register-Star Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore is seeking clarification of the recent order issued by Police Commissioner Martha Harvey and Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton outlining aspects of city law enforcement's cooperation with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The order followed recent reports of individuals being detained by the agency in Hudson. Local 3979, the union representing some police officers in the city issued a statement last week, asking the mayor to rescind the order, saying it limits an officer's ability to enforce the law. "To be clear, the order states that we will continue to comply with all applicable federal laws," Hamilton said. "The order specifies that HPD facilities and resources will not be offered voluntarily to ICE unless use of those facilities or resources is required by law." At a meeting of the Common Council Police Committee Mon., Feb. 27, Moore submitted a list of concerns, asking that certain aspects of the order be "checked by our legal department; to make sure the officers are protected from any kind of federal prosecution, for obstructing or sharing information, or breaking any kind of Grand Jury rules." Moore argued that the order, as written, assumes all police personnel are fully aware of all applicable state and federal laws. "My guys are experts in police work but not necessarily federal law," Moore said during the meeting. "If an ICE agent simply requests assistance and I say no, I need it clarified that doing so is not a misdemeanor." Hudson City Attorney Ken Dow said the commissioner’s order is strictly about the use of actual physical property and does not address the conduct of the Hudson police. Read the full story in the Register-Star.

February 27 Common Council Police Committee meeting recorded by Dan Udell and uploaded to the udellcommunityaction YouTube channel on Feb. 28, 2017.