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Justin Hanners story is a symptom of the Police State Problem

Justin Hanners, an Auburn, Alabama police officer, was fired in 2012 for trying to do the right thing.

He'd been ordered by his supervising officer to make a needless arrest to help meet his monthly quota for tickets, arrests and other revenue-raising activities (anything with a fine attached). He filed a grievance with the department because of the immoral order, and was fired shortly thereafter. Generally, firing a police officer requires an act of Congress, but evidently questioning the extortion activities of a police department is more than enough.

Herein lies the problem of using the enforcement branch of government to raise revenue. Collecting fines, superficially, makes sense; instead of citizens paying to incarcerate one another, the person committing the crime pays the price directly...

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