Police should follow traffic laws
I have traveled all over the county, and the state, and I have never seen law enforcement with such disregard of the law than the Cleveland Heights police. Let me begin by saying that I have the highest respect for people who put their lives in danger to protect others. Over many years, I have seen police in Cleveland Heights park illegally, run red lights, even write tickets to legally parked vehicles. I have posted pictures and videos of all my accusations at saferheights.wordpress.com.
I think we all feel upset when we see officers running red lights, turning on emergency lights when there is no emergency, and parking illegally. Why should police have special privileges to break the law?
I spoke a year ago with the assistant chief of police. Since then, I have requested a meeting more recently, and my requests remain unanswered. When I spoke to him last year, he told me that they do park throughout the city for deterrence. In the meantime, the FBI reports that incidents of “violent crime” in 2012 were 600 percent higher than 2007 (FBI Uniform Crime Report 2007-2012). Where have the police been during this crime increase? They have been “deterring crime” by running red lights; parking in fire zones, at unpaid meters on their break, in front of fire hydrants, and in bus zones.
Yet my concerns for the safety of residents still go unanswered by the police administration. Are the Cleveland Heights police making the city more safe, or are they putting the residents, travelers and visitors in more unnecessary danger?
Let me end by asking this: Who polices the police? I have been to city council twice to express my concerns, and there has been no executive or legislative action since. With no other options, the people must rise up and police our own police. We must police them at the ballot box. We must ask city candidates how they plan to combat police misconduct, and vote for those who will do something. We must send letters to the mayor and council members.
Studies show that when people trust the police the crime rates drop. Let’s get these brave women and men out of the fire lanes where they put people in danger, and into the street lanes to bring down the skyrocketing crime. The time has come for the mayor and council to rein in police misconduct, so that we can begin to trust the police more.