When someone is poor or struggling and they break the law, while it must be addressed, it is understandable to some degree. However, when those who have achieved so much in life and have seen such fortune engage in such practices, it is nothing short of stomach turning. The greed that some people exemplify is staggering, a fact shown vividly today in the form of Davenport’s mayor, Darlene Bradley,
to WTSP, this 60-year-old was arrested by Polk County sheriff’s deputies for illegally using the identification of those who have died to her own advantage. The charges that the mayor faces include “criminal use of a deceased person’s identification, possession of an altered or counterfeit decal, and unlawful use of a handicapped placard.”
“We expect our elected officials to set the proper example,” confessed Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. In this case, that expectation was not met in any way as those in Davenport are shocked by the facts which have come to light.
“She not only violated the law, she embarrassed the citizens of Davenport with her illegal conduct,” the Sheriff also said.
As authorities searched Bradley’s home, two handicapped place cards were said to have been found. These had been issued to two different people, both of whom are no longer living. One is known to have died in 2012, the other in 2015.
The mayor was even brazen enough to park her vehicle at the Davenport City Hall in handicapped areas, something that was noted by the sheriff’s office. They watched as their boss, as it were, put the handicapped card up when she arrived and put it back away when she departed, so it was not as if she had a handicapped person with her at the time.
The mayor had to pay $2,250 in bond and it can be assumed that the people of Davenport are not going to forget this slight as Bradley awaits her day in court.
Compared to some of what we see happening in the world of politics, this is admittedly not the worst sin imaginable. However, it does show a great lack of respect for the law, and since so many others who have done similar things face justice, why should she go free?
That will be the question posed to the court and many people are quite interested to see how this plays out.