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Silver lining to Arlington traffic stop issue

THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Fifteen Arlington police officers are accused of reporting fake traffic stops.
Fifteen Arlington police officers are accused of reporting fake traffic stops. Star-Telegram archives

“I expect Arlington officers to perform their duties with the highest degree of personal integrity,” Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said in a May 31 statement.

We do, too, so it’s disappointing to hear 15 police officers may have falsified traffic stops.

The officers allegedly reported traffic stops but never issued tickets. A routine audit by supervisors noticed the lack of accompanying dash-cam footage, spurring an investigation, a source told the Star-Telegram’s Ryan Osborne.

The police department placed the unnamed officers on administrative leave while the investigation continues.

The reason behind the fake traffic stops remains a mystery.

But a silver lining does exist: The periodic review of the police department personnel flagged the alleged wrongdoing, as such reviews should.

We are encouraged that other Arlington officers followed Johnson’s expectation of integrity and are handling the problem.

They alerted the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office of the ongoing investigation and released a public statement.

The department’s handling of the situation gives the people of Arlington another reason to trust their police leadership.

That’s well done. We expect the investigation will be, too.

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