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Old 2009-05-07
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Camera Fraud Article: The Show Must Go Onů

DPS Lt. James Warriner accidentally discharges the sole bullet he's granted by Dir. Roger Vanderpool in an undated file photo

DPS Lt. James Warriner seen accidentally discharging his only bullet, in this undated file photo.

…The show trials and arrests, that is.

Why on earth would a professional policing agency arrest people using evidence specifically deemed unacceptable by the prosecuting county attorney?

Trick question, friends. The politicos at the Arizona Department of Public Safety have shredded their own professionalism faster than a speeding Redflex executive. After all, those in the “Inner Party” of the photo enforcement scheme are exempt from the bounty hunt the rest of us are subjected to.

Sometimes that hunt gets serious. When you’re desperate for good news, you’ll do just about anything to land your automated ticketing boondoggle in any positive light. Case in point: the arrest of State GOP Director Brett Mecum.

The Arizona Republic, notorious for its pro-camera editorial stance and former Redflex executives-turned-writers, immediately ruled Mecam guilty in the article headline: “State GOP director arrested, drove 109 mph on Loop 101.”

The executive director of the Arizona Republican Party was charged with reckless driving and criminal speeding Wednesday after a photo radar camera caught him driving 109 mph on Loop 101… The camera caught him going 44 mph over the posted speed limit of 65.

EVIDENCE? He doesn't seem to be moving very fast in this still picture...

EVIDENCE? He doesn't seem to be moving very fast in this still picture...

That’s it, folks: DPS said it, The Republic believes it, and that settles it. The camera “caught him.” No need for lawsuit-avoiding words such as “allegedly,” “purportedly,” or “supposedly” when you’re in bed with the camera vendor.

We contacted Mr. Mecum by phone to try to get the whole story. Due to the ongoing legal nature of the matter, there was little that he could say.á Editor’s Note: Mecum’s comments have been removed under request. CameraFRAUD stands behind the accuracy of the original report.

Assuming that the speed Mecum is accused of driving is even remotely accurate, it took DPS almost a whopping month to make contact with that individual, further proving that live policing would have been a much more effective method for ensuring public safety.

When will DPS learn that real public safety isn’t a politically-motivated profit-based game?

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