Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Former NYPD Cop, Arno Herwerth, Will Have his 'GETOSAMA' license plate on his van by Christmas

A former NYPD cop said he expects to have his "GETOSAMA" license plate on his Aerostar van by Christmas.

Arno Herwerth of Hauppauge, L.I., had sued the state after it made him return the license plate before he could even put it on his car last year.

The Department of Motor Vehicles said the license plate fell under a rule banning plates that might be lewd, derogatory or patently offensive.

Herwerth said Tuesday the state let him have the license plate again. He says he's putting them on his car on Christmas Eve 2008. Herwerth says he wants to remind people that Osama Bin Laden needs to be captured for his role in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

In Nov. 2007, Arno, a 21- year veteran of the NYPD, wanted to add vanity license plates reading "GETOSAMA" to the 1993 Ford Aerostar he had already hand-painted red, white and blue. But New York's DMV red-lighted the anti-Usama bin Laden plates, banning them under an agency regulation that prohibits anything "obscene, lewd, lascivious, derogatory to a particular ethnic or other group or patently offensive."

Herwerth paid $68 for the new plates, which he received in the mail two weeks ago, but never received the matching vehicle registration. When he called the DMV to inquire about the registration, he was told he should never had received the plates in the first place.

Herwerth, of Hauppauge, on New York's Long Island, told the New York Post he was baffled by the DMV's position, calling the policy "unpatriotic."

Bill Warner
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Sarasota Fl
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