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To the Editor:
Proof positive that the local sheriff's office is out to harass rather than protect:
Wednesday evening on my way to the Waitsfield School holiday assembly, I was pulled over directly in front of the school parking lot as I was trying to locate a place to park. When Officer Wilkins came to my window he aggressively asked if I knew why I was being stopped, to which I answered calmly no. He then indicated that I had a license plate light out on my rear license plate, and that that was defective equipment. Since I had recently purchased the vehicle and had had it inspected I thought this rather odd but bit my lip and awaited his return with my license and registration.
The entire time of my stop he was rather aggressive and unpleasant. When he returned he did not issue me a ticket but did harass me for a while asking me to take a field sobriety test. I had previously told him that I had just closed my store and was on my way to the assembly. After he was done and satisfied that I was not under the influence, he handed my license and registration back to me and walked away. I got out of the car to inspect my license plate lights and found that they were both operational. When I pointed it out to him he still did not offer any sort of apology or explanation for my being stopped.
A simple apology would have been significant for me not to consider this harassment. Even if either of my two plate lights had been burned out, I hardly think that this poses a threat to public safety.
Waitsfield resident and business owner