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Phoenix police chief: We won't tolerate racial profiling

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Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia said his department won't tolerate racial profiling in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on SB 1070.

The high court struck down most of the law, but one section remains - the "show me your papers provision" that lets police check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws.

Two years ago, every law enforcement officer across the state was required to watch a training video that showed step-by-step how to handle the state's tough new immigration law SB 1070.

Gov. Jan Brewer has requested that all Arizona law enforcement officers get a refresher course and watch the training video again.

Authorities told CBS5 that the video will be revaluated to see if any policy changes need to be made.

Garcia told reporters Monday that the video is just one part of the overall training his officers receive. He said he is confident they will continue to enforce the law without violating anyone's civil rights.

"We will continue our training from a technology standpoint, from a messaging standpoint and from a face-to-face standpoint," Garcia said. "Within seven weeks from this date, we will complete training of all 3,000 officers of the Phoenix Police Department in policing with a purpose specific to SB 1070."

"I trust that Chief Garcia, working with command staff and our legal team, will make any appropriate changes to the video as necessary, in light of SB 1070 Supreme Court guidance today on Section 2B," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

Joe Clure, president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, said that he does not believe Monday's SB 1070 ruling will open the door to racial profiling or impact how officers handle themselves on the street.

"Police officers are not routinely going to run around and just stop folks unless there is a legitimate reason to do so," Clure said. "Frankly, we're too busy. I just do not believe racial profiling will be an issue at all."

However, a number of community leaders said that no matter how much training officers go through there is no way to avoid racial profiling with this law.

The ACLU is planning to track complaints from citizens and file lawsuits, if necessary. A number of lawsuits have already been filed opposing SB 1070.

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