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Westfield police officer arrested in traffic ticket scheme

There are 203 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Oct 10, 2007, titled Westfield police officer arrested in traffic ticket scheme. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

A town police officer facing financial hard times offered to take cash instead of issuing tickets to at least four Hispanic drivers, said Hamilton County Sheriff Doug Carter.

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Concerned

Lexington, KY

#1 Oct 11, 2007
This is typical.
sealionindy

United States

#2 Oct 11, 2007
56K in westfield and financial problems?

“none”

Since: Dec 06

Pulaski County Indiana

#3 Oct 11, 2007
"None of the victims had valid licenses."
DUH, Isn't that a sign of -??

“All of these individuals were in fear”
That seems normal. Fear of being DEPORTED for having broken other unknown laws we have -!

Round 'em up: Ship 'em back -!
If they'd rather not return to Mexico or a similar mother-land then send them to France they have a lot of compassion.

Personal GREED as an officer only making $56,434 yearly he should have considered moon-lighting as a supplement if he was living beyond his means or income rather than extortion &/or robbery of anyone. Including people who may already be criminals by being here illegally from another country.

It jeopardizes the integrity of good police officers.

Then too maybe he just figured that if some of the Federal Government Officials could be lazy in their duties he'd just offer his expertise. Not a good idea.
2 cents

Granger, IN

#5 Oct 11, 2007
I feel sad for his wife and children.

Since: Jun 07

Crawfordsville, IN

#8 Oct 11, 2007
So he admits to his boss and the County sheriff that he did it but yet he is hiring a lawyer to plead not guilty in court. Hmmmmmmm
Truthsayer

Carmel, IN

#9 Oct 11, 2007
Wonder if the Marion County detective thought about trying to shake down Ron Gibson?
CmantixQ

United States

#10 Oct 11, 2007
"Investigators were unable to confirm the attempted bribe." Is it really a bribe if the officer asks for the money? Wouldn't that make all fines "bribes?"
risk

AOL

#12 Oct 11, 2007
Wish I could pay a traffic fine on the road
Kumar

Brownsburg, IN

#13 Oct 11, 2007
tinman wrote:
Hispanics should be accustomed to this treatment it is how most of their home countries are run.
Congrats on regurgitating the story, but at least you're miles ahead of most in recognizing they're not all from Mexico.
From article:
"In the past, it’s been common for drivers in many Latin American countries to bribe police to get out of trouble, Alcala said. But in recent years, the Mexican government has worked hard to quell this type of corruption, he said."

Still not right, and not as excusable as 'confiscation' of booze or drugs ;)
trl

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Oct 11, 2007
this has been going on for 100 years,some cops get caught some don`t!
Elvis

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Oct 11, 2007
Throw the book at him!
Patrick62

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Oct 11, 2007
One Old Vet wrote:
As despicable as this Officer's conduct was he may only be emulating the Mexican cultural eccentricity called "mordidas" in order to make our "visitors" feel welcome.
:)
"unclear immigration status'????
THey are all illegals.

People wake up, 85% of Hispanics in Indianapolis ARE illegals. All the blue collar workers ARE illegals. What interest can the US in giving visas to fast food/construction workers? none.
The US is only interested (reasonably and like every other country) in workers that can provide services that we are devoid of. Flipping hamburgers and building poorly designed vinyl villages is not one of them.

Simple.
Ho Hum

United States

#19 Oct 11, 2007
Remember: the police are your amigos! For the right price.
Barney Fife

Warsaw, IN

#20 Oct 11, 2007
There is the idea!! Lets us this forum to blame the Latino community for being here, therefor the actions of this gentleman!! In Latin it is "Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc." ( After- therefor because of)

Think of it this way, if it had not been the Latinos, it would have been Senior Citizens, or teen age drivers, or drivers with handicapped plates. Those that prey on the weak will always find the weak.

Cpetr13

“Reality is better than truth”

Since: Jun 07

Indianapolis

#21 Oct 11, 2007
Wanna prove that 85% figure?
Patrick62 wrote:
<quoted text>
"unclear immigration status'????
THey are all illegals.
People wake up, 85% of Hispanics in Indianapolis ARE illegals. All the blue collar workers ARE illegals. What interest can the US in giving visas to fast food/construction workers? none.
The US is only interested (reasonably and like every other country) in workers that can provide services that we are devoid of. Flipping hamburgers and building poorly designed vinyl villages is not one of them.
Simple.
Dave Grey

AOL

#23 Oct 11, 2007
Sounds to me like this Police Officer has a bright future with the "Border Patrol" down along the southwestern states! Don't hesitate-just relocate!

Cpetr13

“Reality is better than truth”

Since: Jun 07

Indianapolis

#24 Oct 11, 2007
Actually, I knew a german guy who had "unclear status"--he came in on a work visa and immigration screwed it up when he reapplied. It took almost 4 months to get it taken care of; in the meantime he was in a bureaucratic limbo--he couldn't return to germany and he wasn't truly legally here.

I have no doubt some hispanics have suffered the same problems.
well now wrote:
Although I do not at all endorse what the policeman was doing & hope he gets his just punishment.
I think the what Martin Alcala (Mexican consul for Indy) says is quite telling. "If their immigration status is unclear"?
"Martin Alcala, the acting Mexican consul in Indianapolis, said it can be difficult for Hispanic immigrants to get a driver’s license if their immigration status is unclear. Several documents are needed to get a license, including a Social Security number — which illegal immigrants don’t have."
So if they do not have a Social Security card & no license then do they have insurance? No. If they wreck into your car then who pays? You.
by the way has anyone heard of the "peeing your pants" trick to keep out of sobriety tests? It seems to be a favorite amongst illegal’s
This guy is scum

Brownsburg, IN

#25 Oct 11, 2007
This scumbag should be placed on unpaid leave until this case is resolved.

If convicted he should be made to forfeit his pension and should be barred from working in law enforcement or security anywhere ever again. He shouldn't even be allowed to work at Wal Mart as a greeter.

And he should be made to pay major restitution to his victims. I think 50K a shot to each documented instance for damages would suffice. And he obviously has assets, 52K per year just wasn't enough for him! Greedy greedy greedy!!

Same as we ask corporations for punitive damages, let's do it to this guy, if he's convicted.

Maybe his kids got a nice X-Box from his extortion. Or he has a sexy car? Nice sexy clothes for the Missus??

Law and order my eye. Thuggish behavior like this is the major reason there is so little trust of the police among minorities.
PRISSY17

AOL

#26 Oct 11, 2007
Pray for Lt. Fross family. He has a wife and two children that are going to lose their husband and dad. I hope and pray that his family will get the help and support that they will need.

I also hope Lt. Fross learns from his mistakes and is given another chance.
The Patriot

Decatur, IL

#27 Oct 11, 2007
Where is the uproar over the failure of the Westfield police department, sherriffs department and the city of Westifield to uphold the federal laws of our constitution regarding illegal immigrants? Was ICE contacted? Their failure and negligence to protect our country and borders may and have resulted in the death of US citizens. The whole story is a joke.

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