Just 20 minutes north of Birmingham on Interstate 22, Brookside, Alabama is a working-class town with less than 1,300 residents. From 2018 to 2020, income from traffic fines and forfeitures increased 640%, making up 49% of the towns revenue. In 2019, Brookside saw its first lawsuit that included allegations of racism and police misconduct. It caught national attention for being a predatory speed trap in 2022 and now facing a class-action federal lawsuit. Thank you to our podcast partner, 70 Million, for the story Highway Robbery: How a Small-Town Traffic Trap Became A Legal Black Hole.
NOT JUST SPEED TRAPS: ALABAMA COMMUNITY FIGHTS BACK AGAINST FOR-PROFIT POLICING – A 70 MILLION STORY (ENCORE)Frank Sereno