Scandal in West Palm Over Mayor's Phantom Speeding Ticket
|Illustration by Fred Harper|
|When Frankel's behind the wheel, stay outta the fast lane!|
The police officer's forbearance saved Frankel $411.
Let's not pick on that police officer. Rather, the larger concern is for the culture of the West Palm Beach Police Department. Officers should have a reflex to treat a political figure the same as a regular citizen. This episode suggests at least one officer had the opposite reflex, giving preferential treatment to the political figures with whom police have contract negotiations and on whom they rely for support if a scandal hit the department.