A Central Texas police officer was fired Monday and could be in more hot water.
The Rosebud Police Officer was fired for working outside city limits against orders. It’s a rule he had reportedly broken multiple times.
On Saturday, the officer reportedly tried to take down a controversial speed trap sign along Highway 77 put up by some residents to warn drivers.
The signs were first put up that Friday as way for Rosebud Signs owner Bobby Bailey to combat what he thought was a police department giving out too many tickets. Rosebud residents helped pitch in and pay for the signs.
“The city was trying to more or less turn the town into a little evil town,” Bailey said. ”We want it to be like nice little Rosebud Texas, like it’s always been.”
The officer got into a heated exchange with one of those residents who helped Bailey with the signs.
“He told me the sign was impeding traffic,” John Borden, Rosebud resident, said.
Rosebud Police Chief Kenneth Proctor confirmed the incident.
“Evidently he confronted one of the owners there, or who put the sign up, and asked him to remove the sign,” Proctor explained.
The sign was on private property and outside the city limits. Chief Proctor said the confrontation about the sign was not the reason for the firing.
The officer is planning to appeal his firing, but it will be up to the Falls County District Attorney’s office to file any criminal charges.
Chief proctor also said while he doesn’t think his city is a speed trap, and has cut down on giving out tickets, he’s in favor of the signs.
News Channel 25 talked to that fired officer Monday night on the phone, he said he was directed by a supervisor to either ticket or arrest the people responsible for the signs. He thought taking it down would cause the least problems.
More signs may be put up on Highway 53, coming from Temple into Rosebud, in order to warn more drivers. Lights also may be added to the current signs so that drivers at night can see them.