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Police Chief Reviewing if a Ticket Was Issued in Retaliation

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Brandon W. Holmes

A West Virginia police chief is trying to determine if an officer issued a jaywalking ticket to a city parking enforcement officer in retaliation to a parking violation warning.

The Intelligencer reports that Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger is reviewing last Friday's incident in which an officer issued a total of five jaywalking violations, including one to a city parking enforcement officer.

Deputy Police Chief Martin Kimball says the incident occurred just a few days after some officers received letters from the city's finance department, warning them that failure to pay for accumulated parking violations may result in warrants being issued for their arrest.

Chief Schwertfeger determined that a closer look was necessary given the timing of the warnings and the jaywalking tickets. He says he's not opening an internal investigation, but is doing a personal review.

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