Brookside

DOJ: Lawsuit should proceed over town's police fines

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…

Review: Police in Brookside preyed on the poor

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama town accused of padding its municipal budget with traffic ticket revenues is being accused of having police prey on poor people. A former judge who reviewed police practices in the Jefferson County city of…

Alabama town taps police veteran to rebuild community trust

BROOKSIDE, Ala. (AP) - A police veteran has been tapped to help restore the image of an embattled town after allegations of aggressive policing for profit gained national attention. Al.com reports Henry Irby was introduced Friday as Brookside's interim police…

Alabama police chief quits amid questions over ticketing

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The police chief in a small Alabama town that received about half its municipal revenue from fines and forfeitures linked to aggressive traffic enforcement resigned following a report about the practice. Mike Jones, the chief of…