A SCHOOL governor has filed a complaint against a police officer who gave him a ticket “for speaking back”.
Shazad Ahmed was with his pregnant wife when he was slapped with a traffic offence fine at Cross Church Street in Huddersfield last Thursday evening.
He had pulled up outside Dixy’s Chicken at 11.50pm to pick up a food order.
Mr Ahmed said: “I parked on a little slip road just off Cross Church Street and nipped in to the takeaway for less than a minute. When I came out an officer ran towards me.
“In a very aggressive way he said ‘Is that your car? Get in and move it.’
“I told him there was no need to speak to me in that way and that I was about to move anyway.”
After Mr Ahmed got into his car the officer tapped on the window.
Mr Ahmed, of Birkby, said: “I got out and he started writing me a ticket.
“He told me ‘I’m not giving you this because of the parking offence, I’m giving you this because you spoke back to me.”
The officer then gave him a £30 fine for contravening a cycle lane.
Mr Ahmed, who owns a convenience store in Paddock, said: “I was actually parked off the road, though there was a taxi parked in the cycle lane in front of me.”
The 36-year-old is angry at the attitude of the officer. He said: “It upset me so much, especially as my wife and her sister were in the car at the time. How are we supposed to respect the police if they don’t respect us?”
The officer was young and white. Mr Ahmed said: “I think his behaviour was certainly down to inexperience, but I don’t know if there was a racial aspect as well.”
Mr Ahmed is a governor at Royds Hall High School and has recently organised fund-raising efforts for Children in Need and the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
He owned Waingate Supasave in Berry Brow from 1995 to 2004 and was chairman of the local Retailers and Residents Association.
In 2000, he won local business of the year at the Examiner Community Awards.
Mr Ahmed filed a complaint at Huddersfield Police Station on Friday.
He said: “I want the officer to be disciplined. It’s not the fine that upsets me, it’s the principle. People like him give the police a bad name.”
A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that we have received a complaint and we will be looking into the matter.”