Scam Van Gets a Citation
They say that revenge is a dish best served coooold and just over a year after a Bernalillo County Sheriff's Deputy got busted with a scam-era protector protecting his, uh ... unit, the deputies got even. (OK... so revenge probably didn't have anything to do with it. But it made a more interesting first sentence.) Our Eyes tell us that one of Marty's Mobile Money Maker scam vans was out taking traffic taxes on the West Side when an off duty sheriff's deputy was approached by a citizen with a complaint.
Apparently, a Sergeant Walton from APD had parked his Civil Citation Mobile on the sidewalk and was issuing traffic demand notices on behalf of the City of Albuquerque. The citizen complaint was that since the scam-van was parked on the sidewalk so citizens and children were having to walk in the street to get around the Redflex Roadster.
When confronted by his fellow law enforcement officer and asked to move the non-emergency vehicle from the sidewalk of all places, Sergeant Walton... refused. In order to resolve the conflict between a public complaint and an APD sergeant's refusal, the off-duty deputy called in SO's on-duty sergeant for the area, Sergeant Paul Jacobs.
Sergeant Jacobs repeated the request for Sergeant Walton to remove his non-emergency vehicle from the sidewalk and was promptly refused. Thankfully the result was as predictable as it would have been if any of us had decided that the sidewalk looked like a parking space - a citation.
Marty's Redflex Roadsters are not emergency vehicles - they do not enforce the law, or perform any police function. They simply hand out invitations to pay the City of Albuquerque (and now the State of New Mexico) protection money or face the jokes of jurisprudence in one of Marty's Kangaroo Courts. Therefore, the keepers of these scam-vans should be cited whenever and where ever they break the law.
Kudos to the deputies over at SO for meting out a form of poetic justice even if it was to a fellow officer. Besides, Sergeant Walton at least gets to go to a real court rather than a trumped up tribunal.
Quote of the Day
Does this sound familiar? 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