Law Abiding Citizen
On Monday, June 6, 2011, at approximately 4:10 p.m., I was in my vehicle turning into the development where I live and noticed a police car flashing its lights behind me. Knowing I wasn’t in any wrong, I pulled over assuming they needed to pass. After being cut off by the police car, two female officers approached my window and asked for my license, registration, and insurance card. When I asked for a reason, they responded that I was talking on my cell phone, which I then showed to the officers that it had been zipped in my pocketbook in the back seat of my car.
Disregarding my statement, they asked again for my license, registration, and insurance card. Willingly, I did so and minutes later received a ticket for talking on the cell phone while driving. After receiving all my belongings back, with the ticket, I got out of my vehicle trying to justify myself politely. Both officers reached for their weapons, as if I were trying to accost them, telling me in a very nasty manner to get back into my car. Then, one of the officers acted as if she was going to arrest me because I was responding to the fact that they were both obviously falsifying a ticket for me.
I say falsifying because I did not even use my cell phone that day and have cell phone records to back up my statements. The creed of the police department is supposed to be “Courtesy, Professionalism, and Respect.” I was shown none of this by these two socalled “officers of the law.” Both of these women came at me with an attitude, determined to give me a ticket, no matter what I said and, when I attempted to verbally defend myself, they both acted as if they were either going to shoot me and/or arrest me.
I have always tried to be a law abiding citizen who has nothing but respect for the law and for those who try to enforce the law. But, I am extremely angry, disgusted, and appalled that these two female officers from the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach, Queens would attempt to malign my character, add points to my license and raise my insurance rates, solely because they felt they could. No wonder citizens today have lost a whole lot of respect for police officers who are supposed to be working with the community, not against them!
CHERYL A. THOMPSON