Reason.com reporter Tracy Oppenheimer has been spending a lot of time in Auburn lately. There was the thing on the Auburn professor who used Game Of Thrones to illustrate economic policy. There was the interview with AU prof and Mises Fellow Mark Thornton using, if memory serves, Jordan-Hare’s liquor ban as an example of how prohibition backfires.
But we’re told her main reason for coming Plainsward was this, an exposé on what some see as the Auburn Police Department’s aggressive ticket and arrest quota system. Oppenheimer interviewed Auburn native and former APD officer Justin Hanners, who says he was fired from the force for speaking out against a policy that allegedly incentivises ticketing with steaks.
* Coke was first sold in Auburn!
* Don Knotts, Auburn student
* Former AU homecoming queen starring in HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’
* Bama fan legislator introduced bill to abolish Auburn University in 1973
* Auburn wore green jerseys… for two seasons
* Gus Malzahn, 1989
* Jeff Foxworthy walking around Auburn
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What the police chief has ordered is simply appalling. As an a tax payer to the city of Auburn and the state of Alabama this chief has absolutely no right to stretch the law, that he is paid to uphold, in order to rob citizens like myself just so he can generate a profit for the city. If we citizens must petition for the causes we want then the police chief can petition the city and it’s tax payers for whatever funds he may “need”. But instead he is given free reign to mug us and it sickens me. (Rant over)
Interesting – I still thought AUPD and APD were separate. I had to ask the google to find out they merged in 2004.
Mayors Office: 334-501-7260
City Manager: 334-501-7260
Public Safety: 334-501-3110
Well this certainly explains a couple of BS tickets I got a few years ago.
These accusations were made about policies in effect under the former police chief. The new chief may (hopefully) have different views on a quota system.