To the Editor:
On Feb. 7 we had a memorial service for my father who had very unexpectedly and suddenly passed away. When we got to the church, we discovered that the video we had carefully prepared to celebrate his life had been left at my mom’s home in Harker Heights.
My nephew volunteered to go home and get the video, knowing that he would miss a part of the service to do so. Just as he exited U.S. 190 (with a speed limit of 75) and entered the access road (with a speed limit of 40), he was pulled over for speeding. A police officer approached the car and very brusquely asked, “Why are you speeding?”
My nephew was very obviously shaken and had been crying. He explained to the officer that he was slowing but had not had time to slow to 40 before he was pulled over. He explained to the officer what was going on and even showed him the folder from the services. The officer appeared to be non-caring and issued a ticket without so much as a “sorry for your loss.”
My nephew did not deny speeding. He is from out of town and did not realize how short a distance he had to slow down. Technically, the officer followed the letter of the law. However, he totally missed the spirit of the law. A warning and a little show of humanity would have been so much more appropriate.
Perhaps the complaints that the police force receives little respect or support are not altogether without merit. At some point, the officer will face a personal tragedy. One can only hope that he will receive more mercy and understanding than he was willing to give.