I am a retired Reserve California Peace Officer with 13 years of service and the victim of a fraudulent LAPVB citation to the tune of $333. OUCH! Details below.
So, I am making a documentary film about the situation (thanks Michael Moore for showing us how it's done.)
((Information on this will be posted soon))
Here is a copy of the complaint I filed with LAPVB and a copy of my affidavit statement of facts.
I also sent a letter with copies of these documents to my elected representatives : the President (as in W), CA Governor, CA Senators, Congressman Waxman, LA Mayor Hahn and LA Councilmember Weiss.
I'll let you know if Hear anything from them, AKA, their aides who actually read the letters.
Letter to LAPVB Supervisors:
RE: Immediate disciplinary action against City of Los Angeles LAPVB employee Alice Prier Ser#002613 for Intentional, Punitive and Fraudulent issuance of parking citation #94319728 and criminal destruction of evidence.
Dear LAPVB Supervisor,
I am addressing this letter to your office for immediate attention, investigation and disciplinary action against LAPVB employee Alice Prier. Given the gravity of her criminal offenses, a simple letter in her personnel file will not suffice. I am a retired California Peace Officer and state emphatically that the unethical use of Police Power is not only a despicable assault on the honor and integrity behind the badge but also an inexcusable violation of our sworn oath to uphold the laws and constitution of the State of California.
1) On April 28, 2004 I received a delinquent notice from your office for citation #94319728 dated 4/14/04. The administrative review period expired the day I received it.
2) On April 28, 2004 I sent a letter USPS certified return receipt requesting a copy of the
original citation pursuant to CVC 40206.5 (a).
3) Instead of a copy of the citation as required by law, I received a computer generated response dated 5/4/04 stating that the period to contest the citation had past and payment was due in full.
4) I paid this citation in full including late fees and penalties totaling $333 under threat of collection action by your office.
CASE INVESTIGATION SUMMARY
I was born and raised in Los Angeles and served more than 13 years as a Reserve Sheriff Deputy the majority of which was with the Special Enforcement Detail. My investigation was thorough, professional and complete.
After I obtained a copy of citation #94319728, I then conducted an investigation of the citation location and my business log, credit card transactions and other sources for that day. I was shocked and dismayed by what I discovered.
A summary of my findings, as outlined in my affidavit statement of facts, are that LAPVB Employee Alice Prier issued this fraudulent citation as a personal and punitive measure against me and that I was in fact not then and never have parked in violation of section VC 22500I Bus Zone at 5429 Pico Blvd.
Furthermore, it is evident that Prier not only issued the fraudulent citation but that she then was forced to cover up the fraudulent citation by either disposing of or destroying the original citation - since it is rather difficult to place a fraudulent parking citation on a moving vehicle.
As outlined in my affidavit statement of facts I was not and never have parked this vehicle as cited and therefore never received parking citation #943197286 from LAPVB employee Alice Prier. The citation date is March 17th, 2004 1:39 PM location 5429 Pico Blvd. The amount of the citation, late fees and penalties totaled $333.
While serving as a Deputy Sheriff, I would have been immediately terminated for issuing a fraudulent citation for personal and punitive reasons.
I hereby formally request a copy be mailed to me for review of all proceedings, investigations and findings conducted by LAPVB against their employee Alice Prier based on my charges of her criminal activities while on duty.
Also, since LAPVB does not possess the legal or economic authority to remedy all the financial damages I incurred as a result of your employee's criminal activities I have submitted an administrative claim for damages with the City Clerk of Los Angeles.
Enc: Affidavit statement of facts
CC: Hon. Henry Waxman, Hon. James Hahn, Hon. Jack Weiss, Mr. Rocky Delgadillo, and LADOT Administrator Office of Parking Management.
Affidavit Statement Of Facts
I, (my name), am a retired Reserve Deputy Sheriff with 13 years of service and I am the registered owner of a 1987 white Ford F-250 California Lic# (######).
I never received citation #943197286 issued by LAPVB employee Alice Prier Ser#002613 Beat 201 Agency 51 dated March 17th, 2004 1:39 PM in violation of section VC 22500I Bus Zone located at 5429 Pico Blvd because I was not nor have I ever parked this vehicle at that location.
On March 17th at approximately 1:39 PM, I was Westbound on Pico Blvd at or near the 5400 block of Pico Blvd in the #2 lane at or under the speed limit in my F-250. Traffic conditions were light to moderate and driving conditions were sunny and dry.
As I entered a curve to the right in the road, I observed a white compact vehicle parked at an oblique angle on the curve. At that instant, an Adult Black Female stepped out into the narrowing #2 Westbound lane near the abnormally parked white compact right in front of my vehicle apparently with out looking for oncoming traffic.
There were no noticeable flashing lights or other caution indicators on the irregularly parked vehicle. My immediate reaction was to brake and I did so. Although a pedestrian vs. auto near miss, my vehicle did not strike the pedestrian.
During the near miss incident I observed the compact white vehicle as a LAPVB official vehicle and the uninjured Adult Black Female as a LAPVB uniformed employee. She then immediately stood in oncoming traffic in the #2 Westbound lane and was staring at my braking/slowed vehicle and clearly writing down my license plate number.
During my post-incident investigation I determined that the location of the incident was not an intersection and there is no cross walk or other pedestrian crossing. It was further determined that her official LAPVB vehicle was not just parked in a red zone but dangerously parked at the apex of a curve in the portion of a narrowing curve in the road.
Although I am not familiar with LAPVB standards and procedures I do know from my law enforcement training and experience that one does not have the authority to violate the vehicle code with impunity or in a negligent manner while performing police duties.
I wrote to LAPVB requesting a copy of the original citation and instead received a form letter stating my time to contest the citation had expired. I then received an additional collection action notice. I paid the amount in full and then began my investigation into this citation resulting in this affidavit statement of facts.
I, (my name), swear under penalty of perjury that this statement of facts are true and correct to the best of my knowledge on this date February 18, 2005 under the laws of the County of Los Angeles, State of California.
Los Angeles, California