Cops Who Write Tickets Solely For Revenue May Soon Face Prison Time
Under The Fair Justice Act, any police officer charged with enforcing criminal or traffic laws for the sole purpose of raising revenue could face up to five years of prison time.
In the city of Los Angeles alone, fine revenue has increased 50% since 2003 and is expected to reach $180 million by 2018. In recent years, many online social media movements have surged in response to this transparently fraudulent urban taxation, with many citizens demanding their local city governments take action against cops filling their ticket “quotas.”
A new bill introduced by Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri may soon push the movement forward. In the wake of the Department of Justice report regarding the police brutality and resulting riots in Ferguson, Missouri, Cleaver wants such unjust ‘policing for profit’ tactics to be considered federal civil liberty violations.
Calling the bill The Fair Justice Act, Cleaver wants any police officer charged with enforcing criminal or traffic laws for the sole purpose of raising revenue to face prison time — for up to five years!
*“The time has come to end the practice of using law enforcement as a cash register, a practice that has impacted too many Americans and has disproportionately affected minority and low-income communities,” *Representative Cleaver said. “No American should have to face arbitrary police enforcement whose sole purpose is to raise revenue for a town, city, or state.”
This echoes President Barack Obama’s comments following the release of the DOJ report on Ferguson.
I agree that something should be done about using fines to finance municipal gov’ts but the problem isn’t the police it’s the city councils that make every small offense subject to fines (and things that shouldn’t even be offenses).
The police are in a double bind, they are judged on “productivity”, i.e., writing tickets and in many cities talking victims out of reporting actual crimes to make their precinct look better than it is.