Ex-Palm Beach Police officer William Eaton didn’t deserve to be canned and wants his job back, he and his lawyer are arguing this week before a Town of Palm Beach grievance board.
Eaton was terminated in June, after being accused of writing too many traffic tickets.
City fathers say he wrote up the violations in retaliation for their vote on cuts to police pensions!
Elizabeth Parker, a former Palm Beach County prosecutor who represents Eaton, has been arguing that Eaton did his job courteously and professionally — but fell victim to Palm Beach residents miffed that they were handed tickets!
And she’s using these videos obtained by Gossip Extra from Eaton’s dashboard cams this summer as evidence.
The one below shows Eaton’s Jan. 21 stop of Ferrari-driving John Wallerstein, 59, clocked at 83 mph in a 30 mph zone on Royal Poinciana Way. At the 2:30 mark on the footage, Wallerstein tries to weasel his way out of the ticket by asking for “courtesy” for his being a resident of Breakers Row:
And in the next one, you can hear Eaton talking to a female crossing guard who bitterly complains about Palm Beachers speeding by while pupils from a nearby school 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.
Eaton’s grievance hearing, in which he is expected to testify, continues through Wednesday.