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Re: “Crossing a Thin Blue Line: Cyclist at heart of unusual Pittsburgh police dispute

I am a retired Pittsburgh Police Officer with over 30years working the streets.I know Mr. Takos and Officer Bosetti, I do not know Officer Luncinski but I learned a lot about her in a short period of time. She is what we would call a Bounty Hunter or as they say today on the force a Court Hound. Officer Bosetti received the call and this was his case.A pitt student observed Mr. Takos riding the bike ,fall and struck his head according to the court papers. No property damage , no one hurt but Mr Takos. He was a block from his home and wanted to go home. Officer Bosetti made the right call. Police work is a lot of common sense. This was not a auto crash or dui check point.Mr Takos was drinking, admitted to Officer Bosetti,, after being told he would only go to the hospital.Officer Luncinski from what I heard called the 911 operator from a phone and obtained the witness's name, a pitt student, that saw him driving the bike becauce with out a witness she has no case,(who failed to appear at several hearings) and had the case continued..( Officer Luncinski makes more money at one hearing then most people make in a day!!!)She based her search warrent on his statment. At the April 19 hearing Attorney Wymard showed she omittted that Officer Bosetti being at the scene. A good Officer does not do that, she knew what she was doing.Officer Luncinski got 4 hearing out of this case!!! She logs a lot of court time just looking at how much money she makes, $18,192.02 in overtime in one year. She is not a Homicide Detective, plainclothes officers in zone 5 making gun arrest , she works a patrol car in a zone. I worked a zone and made my share of dui arrests on motor vehicles.The Dui task force deals strickly with DUI drivers and do a Great job. Any officer today can sit on a stop sigh, redlight,and look for dui's. A .08 is not alot nowadays,Mr Takos lost 4 days of work, had to pay his attorney, and received the max fine over $800.00 at his last hearing. Officer Luncinski says all her arrest are warranted ,so are the rest of the Police blowing off arrests because i do not hear of many officers making that much money. I am not friends with Officer Bosetti but going to the Da was the right thing to do. I agree with Beth Pittinger of the Citizens Police Review Board!!!!!!!!

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Posted by PaHunter01 on 05/13/2011 at 9:35 PM

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