Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Police Give More Tickets During Hard Times
Taken from the Obvious section of the news reel, cities have turned to the police department as a means to generate more revenue through increased ticketing.
The president of a state police union isn't pretending it doesn't happen. James Tignanelli, president of the Police Officers Association of Michigan union, says, "When elected officials say, 'We need more money,' they can't look to the department of public works to raise revenues, so where do they find it? Police departments.
"A lot of police chiefs will tell you the goal is to have nobody speeding through their community, but heaven forbid if it should actually happen — they'd be out of money," Tignanelli says.
It is time for people to realize that today's police force is no longer your grandfather's police force and Mayberry is a fictional location. Today's police force is riddled with bullies and terrorizing thugs searching for justification and financing for their existence.
See also a similar article from the St. Louis Post.