A retired dentist has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging that the City of Arcade has developed a speed trap targeting drivers with false charges.
On December 10, 2008, Dr. Joe Moses was operating his vehicle on Highway 129. Moses says he was obeying all rules of the road. Dr. Moses said that he noticed a City of Arcade squad car that he believed was following dangerously close on a foggy night, so he pulled off the road to let the squad car pass. Instead, it pulled in behind Moses.
Moses said an officer approached the vehicle and told him he was driving too slow.
Moses’ attorney, Gerry Weber, states, “However, over the next 20 minutes, it became apparent that the officer stopping him had no even arguable reason to do so. As Dr. Moses voiced his objections, the officer became agitated and then detained and cited Moses for no legal reason including a new claim of a non-functioning tag light. The tag light was fully operational, as police officers from another police department visually confirmed only minutes later up the road, and the speed limit claimed by the officer was not the actual speed limit. An officer can’t create probable cause by concocting a story, nor can police retaliate against a driver who questions the veracity of charges.”
In the lawsuit, Moses alleges violation of First and Fourth Amendment rights and false imprisonment and harassment by the City of Arcade police during an illegal and unwarranted traffic stop.
“This is not about money,” Dr. Moses said. “Someone had to finally take a stand for all those who have been targeted by the City of Arcade police.”
I wondered how long it would take before someone who had the money to file a law suit against Arcade did something? Everyone says if you go through Arcade you had better make sure you are going under the posted speed limit but I guess according to this that ain't true in Arcade. Just had a thought. If they add points to your license for speeding Do they take points away for driving to slow?
Living in Arcade
12/20/10 at 07:27 AM
About time. Now if he could just get stopped by Pendergrass...
Folks who OBEY the law shouldn't be worried every time they see the Arcade Revenue Collection Agency. It's common to see the A.R.C.A. with someone pulled over on the side of the road and wonder what they REALLY did to be where they are. Just sayin's all.
Adrienne & Royce Anderson
12/31/10 at 09:00 PM
My husband and I have an even more unbelieveable story about the City of Arcade Police Department that I would love to share.
01/04/11 at 02:51 PM
Arcade is so small. Why do we need a police force? To pay for the city hall?