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Monday, January 02, 2017

'Policing For Profit' Goes To The Next Level

It’s bad enough getting arrested – especially when you didn’t do anything to warrant it. This happens all the time, because the the threshold for arresting someone is very low. It can be done by any cop, pretty much anytime – without much in the way of legal justification. He has the gun – and the handcuffs, after all. If he wants to arrest you, he will arrest you. Maybe the courts will sort it out later; eventually you are released, your record “cleared.”

This isn’t new – or news.

What is new – and ought to be news – is that several states have begun charging people “processing” and “incarceration” fees for their bogus arrest and subsequent just-as-bogus caging.

Minnesota and Kentucky are among the states that levy fees on people who are merely arrested and taken to the clink… even if they are never convicted of anything. In some cases, the people being charged for “services” rendered are never formally charged with any crime (which is something a prosecutor must do; a cop hasn’t got the power to do more than arrest you on suspicion of violating a statute).



Anonymous said...

But there is no policing for profit, and cops can do no wrong and cops don't murder people and cops don't lie and cops don't falsely arrest and cops are hero's according to the ones who are ass cheek sucking cop lovers... I bet you own't see any of those here on this post, as usual because it doesn't help their I suck on cops ass cheeks agenda...

Anonymous said...

We are living under the yoke of a totalitarian military dictatorship. The government has militarized the police and instructed them to enforce statutory laws against once-free citizens. Now it is stealing money from the people at will.
The government is criminally corrupt and evil.

What it has done to other nations, is now coming home to roost.

Anonymous said...

You are correct.

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Anonymous said...

Sue if you are done wrong >> Simple

or go to H & R Block > Get your $$ Back America !!!

Anonymous said...

To 10:31 and 11:23, when you are victims of crime please don't call the police for help. I disagree with the revenue strategies presented in the article, but to paint those who serve and protect with a broad disparaging brush shows your ignorance. Legislators passed the laws that enabled the payment scenario. That's where the blame lies. Local and state elections should be taken seriously because that's where laws are made.

Anonymous said...

The police are enforcing statutory laws which is a violation of the US Constitution.

Statutes (dictates) are issued by Kings.

Dont do this. Don't do that. You must do this or that.

We are talking about victimless crimes. Driving your car too fast, but hurting nobody. Then you lose your money (your labor). It is criminal and the cops are the enablers. Shame on them.

Anonymous said...

I believe the article referred to police arresting people without probable cause and the last comments are in reference to enforcing statutory laws. As another all ready pointed I'm also against States charging fees to people that have been stressed for booking fees etc.
If you don't like the laws, stop electing people that are out of touch with reality or get of your lazy behinds to serve your community as a legislator and change the laws. Oh but that would take a lot of work and then I couldn't get on the blogs and bitch and whine. The stuff that's happening in Chicago shows what happens when the cops step back and let people police themselves. Be careful what you wish for.

Giovanni Jones

Anonymous said...

Policing for profit should be chanfed to policing in a manner where the law abiding citizen shouldn't have to foot the bill for PC arrests. Do you want to pay more for police and incarcerating criminals? If a drug dealer buys a nice car with drug money it should be seized to defer the cost of tax payers paying for items needed for police. It's time to hit criminals in their pocket books as well as keeping them locked up for their crimes.

Anonymous said...

There is some state that allows the arresting officer to keep half of any money or prpoerty seized. I'm not sure what state it is but I saw it on TV,60 minutes I think.

Anonymous said...

Speed cameras is policing for profit and should be illegal.

Anonymous said...

12:08 you call that policing? is that you babs? I call it revenue enhancement for the city.