Cars stuck in crime scene ticketed: krqe.com

After a man was killed outside of a rap concert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, people who had parked in what would become a crime scene were outraged to find their vehicles had been cited by parking enforcement.

The fatal shooting occurred in a downtown parking lot near the concert venue. Due to the killing, a large area was blocked off to the public for more than 10 hours so investigators could do their work. Because of this, several people found themselves unable to reach their parked cars for a very, very long time.

Robert Espinoza, a local bouncer who had parked in the taped-off area, told KRQE that he was instructed to leave his vehicle where it was. He didn't have a problem with doing so, but he wanted to make sure he wouldn't receive a ticket. Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened.

"I called Parking Enforcement, and they told me I wasn't going to receive any citations, and I received a citation," said Espinoza. "I spoke to the person that issued the citation. She said I should have gotten my car as soon as the barricades were open. I was at work at that time."

Apparently, a parking officer went into the crime scene just 10 minutes after the area was closed off and started ticketing the vehicles in the area. City officials have since said the officer made a mistake.

"Our parking enforcement officer made a mistake and went back in and cited about 10 vehicles," said Mark Motsko, who oversees the city's parking lots.

Fortunately, the city made right and threw out the parking tickets, but we can chalk this up as another example of a hurting economy leading to a itchy trigger finger when it comes to ticket writing.

After all, neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, nor brutal murder stays these parking enforcement officials from the swift completion of their revenue-generating rounds.



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      TOXICWASTECF
      • 3 Years Ago
      ANOTHER FINE EXAMPLE OF OUR POLICE IN ACTION
      • 3 Years Ago
      You can't fix stupid!
      Randy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fire the ******* that wrote those tickets.And her boss to.
      JD
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is why is is better to just stay out in the country away from the storm troopers who continue to live up to their reputations of not working for the citizens of this country. America has been under control of the mega corporations for a long time and "We the people" need to take back our country from both political parties. The dems take our money and give most of it to the lazt, but then the repubs take our money and make war. Both are bad but I guess I would rather see my taxes go to other US Citizens than to kill and muder people in other lands !
      • 3 Years Ago
      More like chalk it up to a "enforcement:" official who believes THEY are "THE Law". Guaranteed it'll happen again. Maybe not in that area but it will happen again.
      howlar2
      • 3 Years Ago
      In Albany, NY in the 60s my friend and I were asked to pull his car forward a couple of feet so the car behind us could get out. We did and then the cop who asked us to move said we were inside the 25 ft from a hydrant zone and gave us a ticket. We protested and said he should let us move the car back to where it was and then take the measurement. He refused, we went to court, we won, and enjoyed watching the judge crap all over that cop . LOL.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is an AOL news story? Sad.
        arvig
        • 3 Years Ago
        @anteekazoid: You bothered to read the article, and then post. So apparently you felt it newsworthy enough to comment. As an aside, it's an AOL AUTOS blogpost, not AOL News. If you're going to complain about an AOL News post, at least complain about one that actually IS an AOL news post?
      • 3 Years Ago
      http://adf.ly/9XDVR will never understand why parking meters and stuff are needed. have 5 story public garages around the city. you should be able to get a private spot if you live nearby in the city.
        Minette
        • 3 Years Ago
        In Boston I couldn't afford a parking garage. I'm sure in some other cities the cost is prohibitive also. And they aren't always located where one wants to go and sometimes they get full meaning one has to find another place to park. To lease a spot in Boston, a regular parking spot, costs as much as buying a small house. Some can afford that but your average worker can't. I've never been to the city in question but I've been to Boston, NYC, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, and through many cities up the east coast. some parking garages aren't safe, depending on what part of the city they're located in. My point, there are hundreds of reasons why one might not want ot use a parking garage or even if they would there isn't one where they're going in particular. I understand your point, I just know that where I've been that isn't always an option.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Minette
          if we pay taxes to build and maintain our streets why should we have to put money in a parking meter anyway...its just another way for another local goverment agency to stick its hand in our pockets...
      Get real.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the police investigated murders and robberies as efficiently as they watch expired parking meters, the streets would be safe.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Get real.
        nice to see someone else has a brain that fuctions...I'm in complete agreement with you on that
      • 3 Years Ago
      @ STAN THE MAN , THAT WAS NOT NICE DUDE! :(
      jtain91etsin99
      • 3 Years Ago
      They (parking enforcement officers) must get something for writing tickets or have quota. IMO there is no other explaination as to why she would go there and write tickets 10 minutes after the tape is down. There is a special place for her and people like her... traffic court. lol.
        jtain91etsin99
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jtain91etsin99
        I just caught my mistake, she went in 10 min after the tape went up not down. Oh now that REALLY wrong of her, there is a really special place for her.
          msmithriv
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jtain91etsin99
          WHO SAID IT WAS A SHE. DON'T ASSUME THAT EVERY PARKING OFFICER IS A SHE.
      klavezo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tickets=taxs............
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