Gossip Extra‘s unique look at the firing of Palm Beach Police Officer William Eaton continues with this dashboard-cam recording of Eaton writing speeding tickets to motorists near a Palm Beach school.
Neither Eaton nor the motorists are visible, although everyone can be heard. That’s because that day, Feb. 10, Eaton was doing his speed checks from a golf cart a block away.
In the 12 minutes of the recording, Eaton pulls over two people going at least 15 miles over the 20 mph speed limit in a school zone.
Eaton was fired earlier this month for writing too many tickets. Palm Beach Police Chief Kirk Blouin had Eaton investigated because, Blouin says, Eaton wrote up motorists unnecessarily in retaliation for pension cuts.
Elizabeth Parker, Eaton’s lawyer, says the 115 tickets Eaton wrote this year, until he was suspended in mid-March, are absolutely legit. She is trying to get him his gig back, saying his trouble stem from a pervasive attitude among Palm Beachers that they shouldn’t get ticketed.
Yesterday, Gossip Extra brought you the dashboard cam view of Eaton pulling over a resident going 83 mph in a Ferrari.
Today, you can hear Eaton talking to a female crossing guard who bitterly complains about Palm Beachers speeding by her while pupils are present.
At the 3-minute mark on the recording, Eaton pulls over WPBF-Channel 25 reporter Randy Gyllenhaal (yes, he is a relative of Brokeback Mountain star Jake Gyllenhaal). And actually, Eaton gives Gyllenhaal a break after clocking him at 37 mph. Eaton ticketed him for speeding outside the school zone, saving Gyllenhaal $150.
Was Eaton a bad cop? You make the call!