TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - One day after a settlement in the lawsuits against immigration bill SB 1070, Tucson's Police Chief calls it a step in the right direction.
The settlement means police cannot elongate traffic stops by asking motorists for their immigration papers.
The exception to the law would be when they stop someone who matches the description of a criminal suspect.
Chris Magnus, Tucson Police Chief says, "I mean so the legislation is still around, but obviosuly you feel like we've reached kinda a tipping point in terms of people working together to both, you know we want to have safety. Obviously that is a concern for people, but we also want to respect people's rights."
While Chief Magnus calls this a "tipping point," critics of the law say the jury is still out on how various police departments will interpret the law and enforce it.