Officer tickets himself after Troopers let him go

The first line of our statement at Copblock.org reads “Cop Block is a decentralized project supported by a diverse group of individuals united by their shared goals of police accountability.” I believe this officer did a great job accomplishing that goal by holding himself accountable.

This officer gets a thumbs up from myself and I hope he can set an example for other officers in this country. I wish I could say the same for the troopers that let him go and apologized for pulling the Chief over.

According to the article

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A trooper stopped New Jersey’s state police chief for speeding and the two had friendly conversation before Col. Rick Fuentes drove away without a ticket, audio and dashboard video recordings show.

The veteran trooper didn’t realize he was pulling over Fuentes on Aug. 13 but recognized him when he approached the car and shook Fuentes’ hand.

“I didn’t realize it was you,” Staff Sgt. William Walsh said on the video.

Fuentes was clocked going 75 mph in a 65-mph zone while traveling northbound in an unmarked state police-issued black SUV on the Garden State Parkway near Paramus, just northwest of New York City.

I hope the troopers that let him go could learn from his example.

Fuentes apologized at one point, saying, “Sorry about that.”

The stop lasted two minutes and Fuentes drove away without a ticket.

Later that afternoon, Fuentes reported the stop to the Office of Professional Standards and asked for a speeding ticket. He received one days later costing $160

He paid the ticket on Monday and received a two-point penalty against his license.


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