- - Sunday, June 17, 2012

PHOENIX — Police agencies that would enforce the most controversial part of Arizona’s 2010 immigration law are expected to get squeezed by legal challenges from opposite sides if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the law in the coming days.

Opponents of the Arizona law, known as S.B. 1070, are likely to sue police departments on claims that officers racially profile people as they enforce the provision of the law that requires police to check the immigration status of people they stop for other reasons. But legal challenges also are expected from the other side: from supporters who could claim that a police agency has broken the law if it restricts the enforcement of S.B. 1070.

“There are people just waiting to challenge this law on both sides of the spectrum,” said Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor.

The right to sue was among the parts of the law that were allowed to take effect in July 2010.


NEW YORK

Thousands march to protest police stop-and-frisk tactics

Thousands of protesters from civil rights groups have marched down New York City’s Fifth Avenue in total silence to demand that the city’s police department end its “stop-and-frisk” tactics.

Members of almost 300 groups on Sunday quietly strolled down Manhattan from Harlem to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s blocked-off town house on the Upper East Side where they shouted “No justice, no peace” as they passed by.

Critics say the New York Police Department’s practice of stopping, questioning and searching people deemed suspicious is illegal and humiliating to thousands of law-abiding blacks and Hispanics. The NYPD last year stopped more than 630,000 people, mostly black and Hispanic men.

Mr. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly defend the policy, saying the stop-and-frisk program keeps guns off New York streets and helps reduce crime.

Nightclub closes after Chris Brown-Drake brawl

Police have shut down a New York City nightclub where singer Chris Brown and rapper Drake’s entourage got into a bottle-throwing brawl.

A New York Police Department spokeswoman said the club, W.i.P, in the city’s SoHo neighborhood was closed Saturday night because of code violations. The NYPD gave no details about the violations.

Mr. Brown, his girlfriend and his bodyguard were among eight injured during the fight inside the club last week. Police say members of Drake’s entourage stopped Mr. Brown as he was leaving. The fight escalated, and bottles were thrown.

San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker said he suffered a scratched retina during the brawl.

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