Houston Police Union Head Is Paid ATS Lobbyist


Conflicts of interest are nothing new for American Traffic Solutions. Their red light camera scam in its entirety is classified as such.

What’s coming to light in Houston is a major ethical crisis involving the head of their Police Union. Officer Mark Clark, who is the Executive Director of HPOU (Police Union) was paid at least $10,000 to lobby at the state capitol for ATS and against a bill to ban red light scameras in Texas.

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17 Responses to Houston Police Union Head Is Paid ATS Lobbyist

  1. Js says:

    Scumbag Mark Clark…

    Congrats on the incredible feat of sucking on the police, union, AND surveillance industry teats at the same time!

    MARK CLARK you are the worst person in the world.

  2. a message from ? says:

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  3. RPr says:

    “There’s just all kinds of problems,” said Rodstrom. “You have the administrative problems. The lawyers that they’ve hired are doing a pretty good job beatin’ the crap out of us, and it’s not the revenue that everybody thought it was going to be.”

    Read more: http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21004828957978/#ixzz1S21ZMreB

  4. RT4Liberty says:

    Police Union Official Outed as Red Light Camera Lobbyist
    Opponents: Public is being deceived.

    http://www.ktrh.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=121300&article=8824664#ixzz1S2mJeWAz

  5. RPr says:

    the question
    Should Mesa continue its red-light camera program?
    No
    77.55%
    Yes
    22.45%
    Total Votes: 2735

    http://www.azcentral.com/community/mesa/
    poll is bottom right

    • B says:

      I’ve found that on AZCentral, with moderation within the comments, it’s usually about a 4 to 1 against the cameras (about 80/20, close to the numbers you have here), but it is hardly a scientific system. The content of the article alone attracts a certain subset of readers…

      Polls on the front page are a little more accurate, but it’s still just a subset of the public. I bet that the public is about 60/40 against the cameras at large…

      In my experience, about 25% of people hate the cameras and another 25% or so love the cameras no matter what (“OBEY THE LAW!”, masking the true motive – “I HATE SPEEDERS”, etc.), and the rest vary in their positions, with more hating speed cameras than red light cameras (which are incorrectly perceived by many to be a good safety measure or “compromise” by some – “I’ll take the red light cameras but not the speed cameras.”)

      If people really had all the facts, there’s be a true 4:1 ratio or higher, but that’s just not the case, unfortunately. There is no money to be made in fighting cameras with propaganda, after all…

  6. Now we just need to find out how much ATS & Redflex are paying Wintersteen.

    • RT4Liberty says:

      At least Wintersteen isn’t still on PV Police payroll at the same time.

      Actually, maybe he is! I’ve never seen a “retired” police chief so active in his town’s politics as ol’ Boss Hogg is.

  7. Beleagured Redflex losing another contract:
    http://www.pe.com/localnews/sbcounty/stories/PE_News_Local_D_ncamera14.3e6e33d.html

    Grand Terrace ending their camera program.

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    “During the argument, Miyamae grabbed the breast of an unidentified TSA employee, officials said.

    When police officers arrived on scene, officials said Miyamae admitted to grabbing the TSA agent and continued to be argumentative. Officers arrested her on suspicion of sexual abuse.”

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