When a Boise copper blatantly ignored the law and parked his squad car in a “Motorcycle Only” zone in front of City Hall a couple weeks ago, it rubbed a citizen the wrong way. He went inside and complained to the parking department folks to no avail.
He was told coppers can park “anywhere they please.” The citizen could see there was no emergency–claiming the supervisor eventually walked to a nearby restaurant to eat. Upset, he contacted the GUARDIAN. We called the parking folks and got the same defensive response with the added challenge, “you don’t know if he was on a call or not.”
Chief Masterson was alerted of the “media interest” and launched a small internal investigation. By the time it was over, the errant copper was eventually issued a $40 ticket which he paid out of his own pocket. Case closed.
Sounds like a really small time thing, but Masterson–and many citizens–don’t like to see “abuse of authority” from those “riding the white stallion” (Crown Vics with lightbars.) Masterson understands that “respect demands respect.”
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