Letter: Police targeting commuters in Pasco seems excessive

September 9, 2013 

A few months ago, one of my working cohorts and I were going to work at Hanford and were pulled over by a Pasco police officer. My cohort was issued a citation for having a broken signal lens. At 5:42 a.m. Sept. 5, I was issued a citation by this same officer for not using my turn signal.

This officer routinely parks in a private, multi-story business complex on Sandifur Parkway between Road 68 and Road 100 trying to catch commuters leaving for work from 5 to 6 a.m. Obviously, the amount of traffic on the roads then is minimal.

I was not only pulled over by a Pasco officer, but had a county sheriff backing him up. Our taxes at work, eh? My point is, I really have to wonder if the term "To Serve and Protect" should be finished with the words "the government" instead of "the public." Are citations such as these about safety, or revenue? I would think a warning would have sufficed. I will shop in Oregon until I feel I've compensated myself sufficiently via the sales tax both Pasco and the state will not receive, potentially using it to hire officers such as this.

SCOTT TURNER, Pasco

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