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This town is about 80 miles from where I live. A town of 1300 or so they had 1 police officer in 2018. No violent crime. Now they have nine and pull in over a million a year in forfeitures and tickets. They pull people over outside their jurisdiction and harass those who complain. 5 lawsuits. They’re buying SWAT gear. https://www.al.com/news/2022/01/police-in-this-tiny-alabama-...Pastor, sister say rogue Alabama police force sought revengehttps://www.al.com/news/2022/01/pastor-sister-say-rogue-alab...
Acting like old fashioned highwaymen. Crooked cops.
So, organized crime, basically, with the imprimatur of the government.
Brookside Police Chief Mike Jones resigns after AL.com report on traffic trap.https://www.al.com/news/2022/01/brookside-police-chief-mike-...
I hope there's more than his resignation in store. This crime boss sheriff needs to be sent to prison.The city faces at least five federal lawsuits for its policing, and drivers who believe they were ticketed unfairly responded overwhelmingly after the AL.com original story, telling of what they claim are fabricated charges, intimidation, and retaliation toward anyone who dared to challenge the police.In the wake of last week’s story, public officials, including Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, sought investigations by the Department of Justice, the Alabama Attorney General, as well as audits and investigations from other Alabama entities.I won't be surprised if people come forward and said they paid off cops in cash so as to not have to come back and appear in court.
"Brookside Police Chief Mike Jones resigns after AL.com report on traffic trap."-----------------------------------------------------I drove thru Birmingham last Fall, so the 1st thing I did was look at the map to see howclose I came to driving thru Brookside. Luckily, I stayed on I65 till I got to the hotel onthe south edge of town.I liked Alabama, the northern part driving down was really scenic. All of the people I interacted with were nice. Found a park to get some exercise in, there were so many cicadas that I stopped and asked people what was making all of that noise, it was quite a racket.Will definitely be googling "speedtraps" if/when I drive thru there again.
Brookside police patrolled social media, threatening town’s criticshttps://www.al.com/news/2022/01/brookside-police-patrolled-s...Creepier and creepier. They were stalking anyone who criticized them online
Wow it just keeps on going…Second in command quits Brookside PD, leaving a trail of troublehttps://www.al.com/news/2022/02/second-in-command-quits-broo...So after the chief resigned the second in command gets drunk, starts grabbing women and tells everyone they can’t call the police because he IS the police, flashing his badge in a restaurant to everyone. Previously charged with DUI, drugs, public lewdness. This was the sheriff’s right hand guy. It’s like something out of a bad movie. Every bad cop steriotype come to life.Let’s see what happens with third in command?
Drivers tell Brookside horror stories; call for restitution, dissolutionhttps://www.al.com/news/2022/02/drivers-tell-brookside-horro...Town hall meeting about these corrupt police. 200 people showed up, 31 spoke about their personal experiences.
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