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Letter: 'Somewhat' similar

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Dear Editor,

After reading about what happened to Mr. Radosevich it reminded me of a similar incident that I was involved with a few months earlier. It was around 2 a.m. on a Saturday morning when I was pulled over by the NHPD for a faulty tail light. Impressing the officer with my one-legged stand and heel to toe walk, he eventually had me blow into the breathalyzer -- .04. "Did I pass?" I asked unknowingly. "Yes" the officer said, and told me I could be on my way. Deep down I knew I would pass, one of the few advantages that weighing just under a ton comes with.

Almost a mirror image of what happened to Mr. Radosevich. Well, except he wasn't drinking. And, um, his tail light was working. I was stopped at 2 a.m., he was pulled over at 6 p.m. They let me drive away and they drove him home and instructed him not to drive. He was cuffed and placed in the back of the squad car; they told me to get my fat butt back in the car and quit blocking traffic. In the end I received a fix-it ticket, Mr. Radosevich may get a new car. Where'd I go wrong?

I thought the days of our law enforcement agencies being successfully sued for officer misconduct were a thing of the past. It may be a good thing that this kind of conduct is brought to light early before it festers into "class action." Mr. Radosevich is probably saving the Village money by nipping it in the bud. No doubt, if years ago the county would have had a similar incident and attempted to strip search William for a misdemeanor offense we could have saved the taxpayers 11 million dollars (or at the very least recouped some monies with the tape).

This type of conduct is more prevalent than one would like to believe. Although the recent changes made by Sheriff Shilts not to recruit directly from the "Hitler Youth" has helped in offender survival rate there is still a lot more to be done.

Law enforcement is not an easy job. However in Mr. Radosevich's case it appears common sense was nowhere to be found. Lately agencies have taken a "search and destroy" approach to law enforcement instead of the more traditional "protect and serve." Happy New Year!

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