Instead of taking a paycheck to violate rights, some police officers in Louisiana had the dignity to quit. But most of the local media is saying that there will now be “turmoil” since there’s only a small weak crew left in the Town of Slaughter.
According to WBRZ, the Police Department in the Town of Slaughter in Louisiana is in “turmoil” after the Chief and the majority of his department called it quits. All of this follows stories by the Investigative Unit that showed Slaughter Mayor Robert Jackson had a quota system where he wanted police officers to write 40 tickets per month. Officers said they would not enforce it.
Chief Walter Smith said that once most of the law enforcement officers walked out, he decided it was right for him to leave as well. With a mass exodus of almost everyone in his department, he said it was hard to do his job. “Everyone I had working here when you talked to me last (two months ago) no longer is,” Smith said. But there are no tickets being written, as eight police cruisers remain parked. There’s also no incoming extortion revenue for the overzealous mayor who tried to enforce a quota on cops who find that wrong.
Slaughter Mayor Robert Jackson (left) and Chief Walter receive an award.
Writing of tickets as a means of taxing the populace rather than to promote public safety is something both sides politically agree on. Traffic crimes, for the most part, are victimless crimes anyway and aren’t worth the paper they are written on other than to be a vehicle of revenue for cities via extortion.
Smith said almost everyone left following this conversation that was recorded by the Assistant Slaughter Police Chief.
“You need some extra money, go pick up three or four people,” Jackson was recorded saying. “You can write your own check. We get paid, and you get paid. You can’t say it ain’t fair.”
“The law precludes him from doing that,” Chief Smith said. “But, he was not up enough ont hat law to know that.” Smith says in addition to telling his men to break the law, the micro-management was so bad it was hard for him to do his job.
Now that the majority of the Slaughter Police Department has left, the chief says the Mayor and Council will likely appoint an interim replacement as chief until an election can be held to name a permanent replacement, but most want the Mayor to resign instead.
This business of using law enforcement to prey upon the populace in order to raise money for the ruling class, is a lot more widespread than it ought to be. It’s a practice which goes all the way back to medieval times; there is an unquestionable feudal odor to the idea of manipulating the law so as to squeeze the serfs out of their spare change. –The Hayride
Around town, people seemed scared and refused to go on camera or be interviewed out of fear of retaliation. But, all of them said the turmoil points back to one person, the Mayor. WBRZ tried to talk to Mayor Robert Jackson as he exited Town Hall, but he said he was too busy.
When police officers do stand up and do the right thing, it’s important that they are told so. Quitting so they wouldn’t have to enforce the edicts of a chubby tyrannical Mayor on a power trip is bold and a brave decision. Many thin blue line supporters willingly submit to traffic violations believing that they somehow did actually commit a crime. Therefore, facing the backlash from those who support the thin blue line is possible too.
These are the cops who we should be thanking. These are the real heroes in law enforcement.