It’s about time the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was held accountable for one of their deputy’s actions (“Jury faults deputy, PBSO, awards $23.1M”; Feb. 4). Fortunately, the jury saw through the tricks — put on the stand by the attorneys for the sheriff, to no avail.
Sgt. Adams Lin allegedly saw Dontrell Stephens commit a minor traffic violation. As an avid bike rider, I know Lin needs to understand the law. As a bike rider, I have the right to be in the road and ride my bike.
When possible, the rider should be over to the right as far as possible. Depending upon the road, that could cause traffic to go around them, which is required by the law. The bike rider has as much right to be there as the cars.
According to reported testimony, Lin testified he thought the rider was going to drop the bike and run. So what? Let them run; the deputy can confiscate the bike. How sad that ego and power may have cost a man his legs and the life he had.
You see the same thing in the courts, with judges thinking they can do what they want and get away with it — ego and power. Whatever happened to wanting to help people?
ED WORTH, BOYNTON BEACH