But what the material in the report reveals is less a culture of racial animus than one of predatory government: “Ferguson’s law enforcement practices,” states the report, “are shaped by the City’s focus on revenue rather than by public safety needs.” In the interest of expanding its treasury, Ferguson has employed its police department — 58 officers, policing a town of 21,000 — as an enforcer of the myriad municipal regulations that, rigorously enforced, nickel-and-dime the citizenry to the local government’s benefit.
The other day, racing around trying to get ready to fly out to Spokane (you all know how THAT turned out), I was stopped at a stop light in Leeds, AL. There was a gas station parking lot conveniently to my right so I cut through it. Stupid. Leeds' finest were waiting to give me a $185.00 ticket for evading their traffic signal. Stupid. I know about Leeds and how it feeds. Lord alone knows how I'm going to pay the fine and I have no one to blame but myself -- myself and the predatory tax feeders who obey the politicians' demands for more and more revenue. PS, the cop was white and I wasn't black, so I'm fairly certain no racial animus was involved. Just predatory government . . . Again. . . Forever.