I am writing this letter to praise the extremely educated manners and courtesy with which I was approached by two of your officers few days ago while I was visiting The University of Texas, in Austin Texas.
I am an amateur street photographer and I obviously called the attention of somebody with my heavy cameras taking pictures of students in the campus. They called the 911 to report me as a potential terrorist or criminal. And here, your people came…
Corporal Javier Bustos and Officer Nicholas DeZamacona approached me and asked for my identification.
They were out of their jurisdiction and, therefore, they had to wait for The University of Texas police to arrive to interrogate me. The University police never show up and after 25 minutes or so, your officers let me go, a little embarrassed maybe…During this time, we had a long conversation and found a number of common experiences in our life. The time I spent with them showed me their level of education and professionalism.
So as you understand better, I graduated from this University in 1965 as a Chemical Engineer while my daughter graduated in Communications in 1992 from the same university. I am 76 years old, originally Italian and a USA citizen by choice; I love the University, Austin, Texas and USA and I had dreamed for long time to be able to photograph the new generation of university students and compare it with the one I remember.
My congratulations to the Department of Police of Austin for choosing such great people as officers and for training them in such an ideal way. If all policemen of this country would act like them there would be for sure less problems of misconduct …
Attached please find a couple of the pictures I took while there….I hope you publicize this letter; the good people need to be exposed as well as the bad ones to the public….
Have a nice day and regards,