I'm writing this letter because more and more I see police officers break the law and do whatever they want, with little or no consequences.

About 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, I saw a marked Albany Police Department truck traveling east on Pacific Boulevard pull over and turn around near the southbound overpass for I-5. It then traveled back to the intersection of Albany Street and Pacific. The whole time the police truck displayed no emergency lights until it got back to the intersection of Pacific and Albany Street, but only for a very brief period. It then continued on at a normal pace toward Salem Avenue.

What I don't understand is why it had to turn around on a divided road and drive into oncoming traffic for? In my opinion this officer showed very poor judgment and total disdain for the law he's supposed to uphold. What was so important that he risked my life for? Why couldn't the officer have waited until he got to the east side of the I-5 overpass and then turned around? It would have reduced the risks and saved time. Had I done this I would be in jail or have a handful of tickets costing me thousands or both.

I have the utmost respect for police officers, but it erodes every time I see things like this. It's no wonder the police are losing the people's respect.

Curtis Parker

Scio (Jan. 2)

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