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Resource ID: #16088
Subject: Law Enforcement
Source: KHOU-TV (Houston)
Date: 1999-12-01



KHOU-TV in Houston reports that "there is a large and growing group of people that almost never have to pay traffic tickets, can even avoid being arrested on warrants, and often get other forms of special treatment from police and other officials. Who are they? Anyone who owns a special badge given to them by a law enforcement officer or official. Available for sale to police officers only at policy supply shops, these badges are slightly smaller replicas of the officer's own badge but with one exception: Engraved on them over the top is "Girlfriend," "Brother," "Sister," "Uncle,"....etc.... these badges may be creating a statewide health hazard that puts the public at risk State troopers we talked to say they're sure these badges are promoting dangerous driving..."

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