Sunday, December 30, 2018

An oldie but a goodie

An oldie but a goodie from Racine Post: 
A city police officer stopped Mayor John Dickert for speeding Dec. 12, 
2009 in the 1200 block of North Main Street. Dickert was going 40 mph 
in a 30 mph zone at about 10 a.m. on a Saturday. He did not receive a 
ticket. There is no police report on the stop. 
Video of the traffic stop, obtained with a records request to the 
police department, shows a brief, cordial encounter between Officer 
Bob Bojcic and Dickert near Jane Elementary School. Bojcic was 
conducting a speed wave near the school after the department received 
complaints about traffic. 
Here’a transcript of the video: 
    Prior to exiting squad car: 
    Officer Bojcic: 1200 block of North Main (indecipherable) 
    Talking to Dickert: 
    Dickert: Hello, boss. 
    Officer: (indecipherable) You’re the boss, aren’t you? 
    Dickert: (laughs) Not always 
    Officer: Not always? 
    Dickert: What’s going on? 
    Officer: Not much. We had a Speed Wave back here 40 in 30 
    Dickert: Oh (indecipherable) Sorry … I was going to a radio show 
down in Kenosha 
    Officer: Yeah. Because of the school over there and the crossing 
guard always has fits over there so we come out here to do a speed 
wave out here to try and slow the traffic down it’s like a race track 
out here, you know? 
    Dickert: It’s actually a good idea. 
    Officer: Keep it down. 
    Dickert: You got it. 
Sgt. Martin Pavilonis, spokesman for the Racine Police Department who 
had watched the video, said proper procedures were handled during the 
It’s up to the officer’s discretion on whether a driver gets a ticket, 
Pavilonis said. He said it was not unusual for a stop to take about 3 
minutes when the officer does not issue a ticket. 
There is no set policy on an officer’s actions when they pull over an 
elected official like the mayor, Pavilonis said. If a police officer 
stops another police officer there is a policy to follow, he said, but 
that doesn’t apply to the mayor. 

1 comment:

TSE said...

I want a piece of the action - ala Monte Osterman, Doug Nicholson and John Dickert!