Training is supposed to aid officers in interpreting the law and will focus specifically on frequently used sections of the law including "detaining people who lack proper identification, Alan Benefield, head of Alabama's Police Officers' Standards and Training Commission, told AP. Course materials explain the law "does not authorize state, county or municipal agencies to seek out 'illegals' for deportation" and instead shows officers how they "should operate under the law.
Sometimes officers properly interpret the law, like the officer who arrested a German manager with Mercedes-Benz for not having a driver's license while driving a rental car. The charges were dismissed after the man provided appropriate documentation. In another incident, a Japanese worker for Honda Manufacturing was wrongly cited. He was ticketed at a routine roadblock even though he had a valid passport and international driver's license. The law states passports with valid stamps should be accepted by police as proof someone is in the country legally. "Statehouse Republicans said descriptions of the incident didn't appear to match up with the law itself, which doesn't include a provision for ticketing someone," AP reports. (Read more)