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Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010 10:07 am

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank and a University of Utah professor say they've been getting harassing e-mails and phone calls since speaking against Arizona's new immigration law.

SLC top cop, professor report harassing e-mails

The Deseret News obtained an e-mail to Professor Theresa Martinez full of racial slurs and derogatory language. It calls people from Mexico "an inferior culture" with "filthy customs."

Burbank says he's gotten what he calls "bigoted and biased" e-mails and phone calls since he went to Washington, D.C., with police officials speaking against the Arizona law.

The law requires that during traffic stops or when questioning people about possible legal violations, police must ask people about immigration status if there's "reasonable suspicion" the person is in the country illegally.

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