Yesterday on the Member Feed, Albert Arthur put to me the following:
There is a regular plot device for police dramas, whether on television or in movies, which usually transpires in some variant of the following: A crime is committed and police begin investigating. They find a lead, and begin following it. At which point they come across someone who immediately starts running from them, so the police give chase and there's either a long or a short scene that happens, sometimes on foot, sometimes in cars. Eventually, though, the police catch the individual who is fleeing. And it is then discovered that the reason that person was running away is not that they were involved in the crime, but that they are an illegal alien. "But we're homicide [etc]," the detectives helpfully explain. "We don't care about your status."
This plot device was most recently used in this week's episode of Prime Suspect on NBC. And my question is: Really? Does that really happen? Or is this an example of Hollywood liberalism framing the issue? (That being an illegal alien, the "illegal" part notwithstanding, is not a crime.)
Maybe I'm late to the table on this. After all, this is kind of what the Arizona hullabaloo was about, wasn't it? I just find it hard to believe that the police, after discovering that a person is here illegally, wouldn't do anything about it. In the episode of Prime Suspect, after discovering that a character is an illegal alien, the police do nothing. The illegal alien goes back to her job as a nanny and is seen later in the episode, and there are no consequences shown for her actions.
At least as far as it goes here in Los Angeles, the most unrealistic aspect of this is that the illegal alien bothered to run at all. Anyone whose only affront to the law is his immigration status has nothing to fear from the LAPD, as evidenced by the fact that there are, according to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, 600,000 illegal aliens in a city of 4 million. You can sit at certain corners in L.A. all day and you'd be lucky to see a single U.S. citizen or legal alien. It's just the way it is in some neighborhoods.
And in a comment to the same post, Misthiocracy asks:
Is there any chance we'll get to hear Mr. Dunphy on the Ricochet podcast, or would that be too much of a risk for a pseudonymous LAPD officer?
Rob Long was kind enough to invite me to participate in a podcast some weeks ago. I had to decline as indeed the risk would be too great that someone would recognize my voice.