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Alabama investigates city police for overzealous traffic stops and threats of arrest over Facebook post

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Alabama investigates city police for overzealous traffic stops and threats of arrest over Facebook post

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A small-town Alabama police chief has resigned after reporting his department was being overly aggressive with traffic patrols, including claiming officers pulled over drivers who criticized them on Facebook.

Traffic enforcement was so aggressive in the city that half of the police department’s revenue came from fines and forfeitures, according to reports.

Chief Mike Jones resigned on Wednesday and the lieutenant governor pledged to carry out an audit after complaints about frequent stops in Brookside, a small town north of Birmingham.

A woman filed a complaint in 2019, saying police issued her a ‘fake’ citation and ‘threatened me with arrest if I didn’t delete my Facebook photos and messages from their cops, stop sending e-mails to local politicians, as well as others, and show them (Brookside Police) that I understand law enforcement practices.

The woman told AL.com that the Alabama Attorney General’s office had recently called and her complaint was still pending.



Alabama investigates city police for overzealous traffic stops and threats of arrest over Facebook post

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