Controversial Escondido Checkpoints Come Under State Scrutiny
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
On Wednesday, a state legislative committee will decide whether to launch an audit of Escondido's controversial sobriety and drivers license checkpoint program, which has long been criticized by immigrant rights activists who say the police department uses the checkpoints to target undocumented immigrants.
Kehoe Audit Request
The audit would come at the request of State Senator Christine Kehoe.
Earlier this year, the ACLU said it was concerned the city was profiting from the checkpoints by overcharging drivers whose cars were impounded, in violation of state rules.
Following those accusations, Escondido conducted its own audit of the program and concluded that its fees were justified.
In her letter requesting a state audit, Kehoe said the city’s internal report raised more questions than answers, and said a state audit would ensure full transparency.