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I am sorry to hear of the trouble you are having with your local police department. I know exactly how you feel because it sounds exactly like the local police in my area. It seems like they easily forget that they are hired to serve us.
What the police officer did was unforgiveable because he forced you to leave your mother who needed you more on the pretense that your dog was in distress. I would very much suggest that you file a formal complaint against the police officer and the police department which employs him. But, before you do, may I suggest that you sit down and think about all the other times that they have acted in a similar way. List them on a piece of paper in chronological order and write a brief statement of what happened and the surrounding circumstances. Address your letter to the Attorney General
of your State and state in your letter that you are afraid of directing your letter to any local governmental body because you are afraid that the police will retaliate against you for reporting their actions.
Then, follow up your letter with a telephone call to the Attorney General's Office and ask that Office to advise you on how to handle similar future situations. Also, be sure to mention in your letter and during your telephone conversation the fact that you received a $400 ticket and that you believe this was done to discourage you from calling them. You should also include in your letter and during your telephone follow up call that you are fearful of any retaliatory action by the police department and ask how you should handle future similar situations. Be sure to get the name of the person or persons you speak to by telephone so that you do not have to speak to different people, if you need to call again.
As for your ticket, plead "Not Guilty". At the hearing, tell the Judge that you are being harassed and singled out by the police and that it has gotten so bad that you had no recourse, but to contact the state's Attorney General for assistance.
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