We got word from some of our Eyes this morning that Chief Ray has told the media that he has ordered his officers to arrest red light runners. We welcome the return of officers to red light traffic enforcement, but Ray and the Almighty Alcalde himself do not have the statutory authority to arrest anyone for a petty misdemeanor traffic violation. The only exception to that rule is if the motorist (not vehicle) refuses to acknowledge receipt of the citation by signing it.
The announcement by Marty's right-hand man may indicate a major crack-up (we may have to start calling the Chief Crazy Ray). It's foolish for a police chief to make threats that he does not have the statutory authority to enforce. Furthermore, it's irresponsible for a public official in charge of public safety to be making what can only be termed as empty threats that have only one purpose - to frighten the public.
Law abiding citizens should never be afraid of their police department or its chief. Today's development is a clear abuse of power; one that should concern everyone regardless of their position on the red light scam-eras.
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It is true that you can be arrested for intentionally running a red light. The offense is more commonly known as reckless driving. However, running a red light in and of itself is not an offense that you can or should be arrested for. We'd love to see an officer, ADA, or Chief Schultz himself trying to prove intent in a court of law (not one of Marty's Kangaroo Courts) when the only charged offense is the running of a red light.
Unless the accused admits to wantonly running a red simply to rub Ray and Marty's noses in their scam's failure, it's nearly impossible to prove reckless driving without some other evidence that would support the charge that resulted in the drivers arrest. In any case, the accused is the motorist himself not his vehicle, the accuser is a sworn police officer not an electronic device operated by a corporation that profits from your vehicle's guilt, and all of the above are seen by a real live judge not an administrative lackey hired by the mayor to rake in "excess money."
The threat to arrest a motorist for simply running a red light is just that - a threat. Is this really the type of law enforcement we want here in Albuquerque? Criminals should fear law enforcement not the average citizen and if Albuquerque’s crime stats are any indication – the criminals do not.
The Piercing Truth
This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes