Justin Hanners story is a symptom of the Police State ProblemSubmitted by George Strait on Thu, 07/25/2013 - 23:26
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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