One Seattle city official was fined $300 for placing a police sticker on the back of his family's SUV. Department of Transportation official Joseph Benavides admitted to the act to Seattle's Ethics and Elections Commission, although he said that he felt he had done nothing wrong.
Benavides, who heads the traffic signs and marking shop in Seattle, claims he was cleaning out his shop and found defective stickers, one of which featured the Seattle Police Department logo, according to The Seattle Times.
In November he placed it on his SUV window, in what he calls an an experiment, testing to see whether it would hold up to the weather conditions. He peeled the sticker off on December 16 after his supervisor told him it was inappropriate.
"[Benavides] should have known that the SPD decal in the rear window of his blue Chevy Suburban could lead to confusion over whether his car was an official police vehicle," said Wayne Barnett, executive director of the commission, in the settlement agreement, the source noted.
The act has lead to a $300 fine for misuse of city property.