On December 9, 2016, the Department published proposed regulations regarding California's Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015. The Department heard public comment on the proposed regulations until January 27, 2017. During that time, the Department also held public hearings on January 12th (Los Angeles), January 18th (Oakland), and January 26th (Fresno). Oral comments on the proposed regulations were accepted at each of these hearings and transcribed by a certified court reporter. In addition, written comments were received by the Department throughout the public comment period, which closed on January 27, 2017. On August 1, 2017, the Department published the Notice of Availability of Modified Text of Proposed Regulations and Related Materials, making the regulations available for an additional 15-day public comment period.
Arizona police departments, which are already strapped for cash because of the state's severe budget crisis, will have to implement the law with little direction or training. That worries Bryan Soller, president of the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police, which backed the measure, though not enthusiastically. He says that although the federal government has an immigration-training program for local police, there's practically no funding to take advantage of it. As a result, most officers haven't had it, including him. "I really can't answer whether somebody is here legally or illegally, unless they admit it," he says. "If somebody has the paperwork, I wouldn't know if it was good or bad." Still, he's not concerned that the new measure will lead to rampant racial profiling. "You will have a few [officers] who will become zealots on this," says Soller. But "only a small minority will try to push the limit." That may be more than enough to make life thoroughly unpleasant for many of the legal Hispanic residents of Arizona.
In fact, Gordon retreated into platitudes about the “excellence” of the Lower Merion police department and the entire community. And yet the problems go on. In early November, another Lower Merion commissioners’ meeting became a forum on race. This time, residents were angry because of an incident in which police detained 58-year-old Nathaniel Williams as he waited for a bus. Police were searching for a suspect described as a black male in a hoodie and wearing glasses, who had allegedly just robbed a bank across the street. Williams, who fit this general description, was forced to his knees, cuffed and detained till a bank employee could come across the street and confirm that he was not the robber.