City Parking Tickets and Crack Dealin’
posted by August 10 at 12:30 PMon
Stranger contributor Trent Moorman emails…
Here’s a video of a parking cop in the International District. He comes by every day at 5:55 and writes tickets. Even if you’re only 3 minutes late on the meter sticker, you’re getting ticket. Meanwhile, there’s a park across the street where crack dealers sell drugs, in plain view.
You get a ticket for being 3 minutes expired, while the crack dealer operates hassle-free.
I had my camera handy when he came by yesterday. While he was scrounging for his next car to ticket, I asked him why he doesn’t do anything about the crack dealer fifteen yards away. He told me he’s not allowed to do anything about the crack dealer. He said he’s not a sworn officer, and he doesn’t have a gun. He can only radio it in. But wouldn’t radio it in. He suggested that I call 911. I told him he was the one with “Seattle Police” on his shoulder patch, but he shrugged, rode off, and continued to write tickets. The crack dealer continued as well.