DOJ: Lawsuit should proceed over town’s police fines

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The Justice Department is urging a federal judge to let a class-action lawsuit go forward against an Alabama town accused of policing for profit with excessive fines and aggressive enforcement of local laws.

The U.S. attorney’s office this week filed a statement of interest in the civil lawsuit against Brookside.

The lawsuit was filed by four people who paid hundred of dollars in fines in what they described as a scheme to boost town revenue.

Brookside is seeking to dismiss the lawsuit. Al.com reported in January that Brookside, which has a population of 1,253, saw revenue from fines and forfeitures jump 640 percent between 2018 and 2020.

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7/31/2022 1:08:58 PM (GMT -5:00)

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