HPD OFFICER MATTHEW DAVIS SAYS HE’S JUST DOING HIS JOB!

WAS HE JUST DOING HIS JOB OR DID HE GO OVERBOARD WITH TICKET WRITING?

I’m not sure how many of you read Tuesday’s article by Houston Chronicle reporter Matt Stiles. He has once again done an excellent job in compiling city records to turn quite a revealing report on city government. It addresses the large number of tickets HPD officers have written for drivers who have brackets blocking their license plates. The Texas legislature made it illegal for anyone to obscure their tags. In the report Stiles discovered that one Houston police officer has outperformed all others with issuing tickets for the minor infraction. That officer is Matthew Davis. The report reveals that Davis wrote nearly 1200 tickets last year to drivers who obscured their license plates. But during a conversation with Davis at Municipal court Tuesday he made it clear to The Insite that he was only doing his job. He said it was not his goal to search for drivers with blocked plates. Davis says when he pulled individuals over for violations like speeding he would also check their plates. The veteran police officer says if you look at the big picture his numbers aren’t that high. He says last year he wrote over 4500 tickets and the blocked plates citations only made up a fourth of that. He was very concerned in my opinion that he would be seen as an officer who was simply in the business to generate revenue. He says his job is to uphold the law. I thought it was important that you hear what he felt even though this wasn’t an official interview. So do you think he went overboard or was he just doing his job?

MATT STILES ORIGINAL REPORT BELOW: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/4900676.html