Many California police departments had policies stating that officers could detain people they had reasonable suspicion had entered the U.S. illegally. The policy said officers could consider a lack of English proficiency in deciding whether they were potentially undocumented immigrants. As of June, eight California police agencies still had the policy posted on their website.
Vallejo is paying far more for each officer than dozens of other cities, even those with notorious police departments and numerous lawsuits. From 2013-2018, Vallejo paid out $6,184,587 in civil rights cases. That amounts to $9,370 per officer per year, thousands of dollars more than other agencies nationwide.