A Beaverton, Or., police officer cited by photo radar for speeding while on patrol is fighting her ticket. The Oregonian says that the case of a police officer’s battling to avoid paying a $125 fine — is turning into an expensive legal standoff almost a year old. Both sides claim the high ground in the dispute, the latest in a string of controversies over Beaverton’s use of photo radar.
City officials — who will spend as much as $5,000 to hire a special prosecutor — said Officer Jessica Hull had no reason to be driving 10 mph over the limit. “Just because you’re a police officer, you don’t get special treatment,” City Attorney Alan Rappleyea said. “We don’t want the public to think we don’t prosecute our own people.” Lawyers representing Hull say city officials are retaliating against her. City officials routinely dismiss photo-radar citations in other cases involving on-duty officers, said Mark Makler, a lawyer who represents the Beaverton Police Association. The city is prosecuting Hull because she is female and her union has opposed the city’s photo-radar program, Makler said.