Neighbors claim law enforcement disregarding parking laws

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- When it comes to obeying the law, the last people you'd expect to bend the rules are law enforcement officers.

But that appears to be what's reportedly happening in one Valley neighborhood near Seventh Avenue and McDowell Road. Neighbors say they feel disrespected by a lack of regard for "no parking" signs on their street.

3TV did witness one federal protective service police officer allegedly disregarding parking laws in front of their homes despite the "no parking" signs.

"It has been really difficult for us as a neighborhood," said resident Becky Baumgardner.

"It's frustrating because obviously you can see we have a beautiful historic neighborhood," Kate Kunberger said.

Baumgardner and Kunberger live on opposite sides of Lynwood Street, but they're on the same side when it comes to getting the problematic parking curbed. 

"I've reported people to their supervisors," Baumgardner said. "I take car numbers and call them in."

She said the supervisors tell her they'll get right on it, so they acknowledge what's going on.

The exemption under Arizona law states: "When the stopping, standing, or parking is for the purpose or performance of a law enforcement duty."

However, 3TV saw some officers eating lunch. Neighbors think it's disrespectful, since they say there are signs posted every 20 or 30 feet.

"We're not allowed to park on the street," Baumgardner said. "We can get a ticket. Our lawn guy can get a ticket."

3TV reached out to the Department of Homeland Security for comment. We even sent them a tweet with a photo. We even sent one to their boss, the president himself, but we haven't heard back from any of them. Basic parking tickets in the city of Phoenix here can cost around $60.