And now some good news…

Fred reports that his Ormond Beach citations have been dismissed (no trial).

He is still trying to set up a meeting with the OBPD to ensure they will leave him alone.

Now, if we could only seek restitution for the time lost and emotional damages suffered by being harassed while not breaking any laws, that would be a deterrent. Ignorance of the law is no excuse, especially if you’re a police officer!

7 replies
  1. Eric
    Eric says:

    “Now, if we could only seek restitution”

    There is a tort called “Abuse of Process”, but it has to be proven that some sort of maliciousness was involved.

    Still, after receiving a letter, a picture of the “culprit”, and a copy of all the dismissals, an argument could be made that if the Chief didn’t notify his lieutenants to pass the word to leave Fred alone, then that could be an indication of maliciousness, not just ordinary negligence. Could be handled in small claims court.

  2. bencott
    bencott says:

    if i were Fred, i’d be satisfied with the right to yell some variation of “EAT THAT CROW!” to any of the officers that stopped me unlawfully, should i see them on the road. yes, that would be restitution enough for me.

  3. fred_dot_u
    fred_dot_u says:

    After getting four citations dismissed in Port Orange, riding in that city became far less unpleasant. My route home took me past the POPD and for a few weeks, I was shouting “Thank you” as I passed the station.

    Those weren’t the exact words I used, but considering the distance between the road and the station, that’s how I’d interpret the sound emanating from my bike!

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