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"It's a teachable moment for everyone, that the community looks to law enforcement to behave at the very least, at the same standards and generally to a higher standard than other members of the public," says Washington State Patrol Spokesman, Bob Calkins "It's a teachable moment for everyone, that the community looks to law enforcement to behave at the very least, at the same standards and generally to a higher standard than other members of the public," says Washington State Patrol Spokesman, Bob Calkins
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CASHMERE, Wash. (AP) - The Washington State Patrol says it's tossing speeding tickets issued near Cashmere last Tuesday and Wednesday because as many as eight officers blasted through a speed trap there without being cited.

The officers were headed to a drug-recognition conference in Chelan. An Arlington man, Bill Gillam, recorded video showing that while other drivers were pulled over and cited for speeding through the trap, the officers were not.

State Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins said he didn't immediately know how many tickets were issued, but dismissing them is "simple fairness." One woman was pulled over but let off with a warning after she reported being the wife of a state trooper.

Some of the officers who sped past were in unmarked cars, making it tough to know what agency they were with. But some were with the State Patrol, the Auburn Police Department and the Seattle Police Department.

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"It's a teachable moment for everyone, that the community looks to law enforcement to behave at the very least, at the same standards and generally to a higher standard than other members of the public," says Washington State Patrol Spokesman, Bob Calkins.

Calkins is referring to a video making the rounds on the internet that depict troopers from Washington State Patrol identifying a number of vehicles speeding, some 80 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone, as police officers, and letting them go without pulling them over.

The audio in the video was taken by Bill Gillam, a fire commissioner in Snohomish County who was on his way to Spokane. He noticed that Washington State Patrol troopers were targeting an area outside of Wenatchee, and turned on his police scanner. Gillam told KHQ he did this because he likes to listen to the police chatter, saying it's often funny. But when he noticed officers were identifying speeding law enforcement, he decided to record what he heard.

"It became very clear that they were letting patrol cars go through the speed zone, or speeding emphasis area, without stopping them, without warning them, without issuing them citations, and multiple occasions they were doing twenty miles over the speed limit," says Gillam.

Calkins told KHQ the officers that were speeding where on their way to a conference in Chelan. Once the video was made public, the video was played at that conference for what Calkins said is a teachable moment. He also says the officers that had been speeding, their superiors have been notified and those departments can enforce discipline.

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