Police officer in hot water for parking in handicapped spot

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 4:55pm

Sunday evening, Julie Garrett Mills and her husband decided to head to Superior Grill in Shreveport for a bite to eat, but when they arrived they were taken aback when they saw a Shreveport Police Patrol car taking a handicap spot.

Mills took pictures of the patrol car and posted them on her Facebook page; the pictures quickly went viral. Many people commented on the pictures, including one who wrote "So... Was this an "off-duty" law officer moonlighting as a security guard at superior?... And thinking his/her car was "superior" and could park anywhere??? Legally or not??." Another wrote, "Don't think Willie (Shaw, Shreveport Chief of Police) gonna like this one."

On her Facebook page, Mills says she saw the officer walk from the car and check for handicap parking placards; there were none.

Wednesday, Mills took another picture of the now vacant spot at the restaurant; the handicap emblem appeared to be painted over, to which one Facebook used commented "Wonder who painted over the handicapped emblem, business or some prankster? If the business wants a spot reserved for the police they need to put a sign there saying reserved for the police. That just opened the door to anyone parking there."

Through their Facebook page, Superior Grill commented on the painted over parking spot; "Amid the controversy, we have actually decided to move our handicap parking places closer to the entrance with the ramp. This incident has spurred discussion about our handicap parking, and we have come to realize that it is really not that accessible. We have added 3 more designated places near the entrance with the ramp. We hire police officers for the safety of our guests, and we too are saddened by the incident. Thank you for messaging us, as we only want to make things better."

Shreveport Police are aware of the situation, and have stated that disciplinary action will be taken against the unnamed officer.

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