Officer fired for writing too many tickets

On June 8, 2012, in Cops, by djeyli

A lawyer for a police officer who was fired in Florida for issuing too many traffic tickets, said the officer will fight to be reinstated.

The Palm Beach director of public safety said in a Tuesday termination letter that Officer William Eaton violated department rules.

This included: conduct unbecoming and using his position to intimidate the citizenry, when he wrote 115 traffic tickets in a single month earlier this year.

Union leaders said two other officers are facing similar terminations.

Elizabeth Parker, Eaton’s attorney, said that her client will fight to be reinstated.

She said he started writing more tickets to more effectively perform his duties when the town changed rules in January to give bonuses based on merit instead of longevity.

However, Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin said officials believe Eaton wrote the tickets as retaliation for contract changes and the city reducing police pension benefits.

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