Look, every day you hear of the latest case of public corruption in government. If happens often! And one place public corruption happens is within the police department. Many people have suspicions that the police have “ticket quotas” that each officer has to meet each month. I know many police departments across the country never does things like this, but Reason.TV has uncovered a severe case of “ticket quotas” in Auburn Alabama.
Reason.TV went down to Auburn and interviewed former Auburn police officer Justin Hanners, who claims he and other cops were given directives to hassle, ticket, or arrest specific numbers of residents per shift. In his words, “I got into law enforcement to serve and protect, not be a bully.”
Hanners blew the whistle on the department’s tactics and was eventually fired for refusing to comply and keep quiet. He says that each officer was required to make 100 contacts each month, which included tickets, arrests, field interviews, and warnings. This equates to 72,000 contacts a year in a 50,000 person town. His claims are backed up by audio recordings of his superiors he made. The audio in the video below is shocking, no police department should be doing stuff like this. When a Sargent says to the police force that you need to throw some ***** into jail, that speaks corruption at every level!
Hanners firmly believes that the quotas are entirely revenue driven and he tried to stop the quota from within the department, but nothing happened. Hanners said the police department encouraged officers to arrest people that “didn’t feel like had broken the law.” Now Hanners has found another job and is planning to sue the Auburn Police Department. The Auburn Police Department declined requests to be interviewed for the story.
Look, most police officers are great people and are doing their job. If I blow a red light or speed and get pulled over, I deserve a ticket because I was breaking the law. But when police departments start doing “ticket quotas” and harassing people for no reason, then I have a problem! I am surprised that the newspaper and TV stations have not picked up on this yet. Well I have! Here’s the full video from ReasonTV, prepare to be shocked!
- Cop Fired for Speaking Out Against Ticket and Arrest Quotas (financialsurvivalnetwork.com)