Whistle-blowing has a vital role in government and society when other checks and balances, or even the Constitution, do not temper the actions of officials or business barons.
Police officer Justin Hanners blew the whistle on the Auburn, Alabama police force when, after the arrival of a new police chief in 2010, the department entered an era of ticket quotas and worse.
“I got in law enforcement because I wanted to serve and protect, not become a bully.”
Whistle-blower Hanners was eventually fired for refusing to comply with the Auburn police quota policy AND be quiet about said policy.
In this video Officer Hanners relates:
…each officer was required to make 100 contacts each month, which included tickets, arrests, field interviews, and warnings. This equates to 72,000 contacts a year in a 50,000 person town.
Fortunately, Hanners has audio recordings to verify every assertion.
Auburn may be the home to famous Auburn University, but one honest officer is doing his best to make the Georgia plains town home to a famously upright police department. Officer Hanners is not about to give up doing what is right, in the tradition of of the lion’s share of law enforcement officers nationwide.