Auburn Cop Fired for Resisting Quotas Gets Online Support; City Officials Deny Deny Deny
Though this article is almost two years old, I feel the video is important, because it shows an Oath Keeping peace officer. Justin Hanners is, or rather was, a true Oath Keeping officer who understood his role, his duty, was to protect the rights of those he served. In this time of militarized police, it is important to remember there are police who understand their duty, and some who are willing to risk their careers to stand up for what they believe. Watch the video, and you will see what I mean. – Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor.
Update: (One of our members, Robert Hase, contacted Justin recently, inquiring about the resolution to his case. Here is his response:
Thanks for writing and for your kind words!
It has been resolved but sadly not with a happy ending. We were up against a machine and didn’t get a fair shake it seems. The judge threw out my case on Summary judgment. Before any officers were deposed etc. They didnt want my fellow officers under oath and on record.and He basically said the state whistle blower protection law in Alabama only applies to state employees, and since I was a municipal officer, It didn’t apply to me. My attorney summed it up as, there’s no doubt they wronged you, but there’s just no remedy in the law for what happened to you in AL.
We lost our home, and had a real rough patch after I lost my job. But I’m going to school now on my G.I. bill and I’ve got a long road before I get my BS, but I’m wrapping up my last criminal justice class this semester and I’ll get a certificate from my school, basically saying I’ve completed all the criminal justice classes they offer.
We moved in with family and I’m teaching martial arts some, some self defense shooting, and gun safety classes. And part time gigs as they come up. Every once and a while I get asked to speak some where, but I’m mainly focused on school, I’m hoping once I graduate I can find a job in private law enforcement or security. Most government agencies will never hire me, even good agencies don’t want a known Whistle blower looking over their shoulder sadly.
But we are doing great now, the worst is behind us and we are still standing! The entire experience has been a huge blessing, and I’d do it all over if given the chance.
I really appreciate you reaching out! Message me any time man, and if I can ever help you guys in anyway please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Thank you, Justin, for standing firm in your convictions. You are a true Oath Keeper. Our best wishes for your future, and your family’s future. Being an Oath Keeper is not always easy, but you have set an example for other officers, and your children will know you stood tall. Bless you. – Shorty Dawkins
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by Tracy Oppenheimer – Jul. 26, 2013
Wednesday’s ReasonTV video “Cop Fired for Speaking Out Against Ticket and Arrest Quotas” is making waves, with over 150,000 YouTube views in 24 hours and a top link on Drudge Report.
The piece features Justin Hanners, a former member of the Auburn, Alabama police department who refused to keep quiet about “contact” quotas that began after the arrival of Chief Tommy Dawson in 2010 (neither Hanners nor Dawson currently work for the police department).
In response to the video, one viewer made a Facebook group in support of Hanners. The group already has 6,000 members. Another viewer set up a fund for donations to help with ongoing legal proceedings. Hanners’ email account has been flooded with support and offers to send groceries and job-placement services. Media outlets are swarming him for interviews and he reports he is happy for the aid and attention.
The police department declined my requests to talk during the making of the documentary. And now the city has now made a statement that there is not a quota system in Auburn:
Chief Register, as well as former Chief Dawson, have made it clear that they do not require quotas in the Auburn Police Division. If any Auburn Police officer is unclear on the expectations of the Chief or his supervisor, Chief Register, Public Safety Director Bill James and I all have open door policies and will be happy to hear their concerns and make our expectations clear.
Hanners kept copies all of his correspondence throughout his grievance process, including a response from the Public Safety Director Bill James specifically addressing Hanners’ discomfort with the quotas. James said:
To make 100 contacts, which include among others, traffic stops, issuing warrants, field interviews and arrests, requires about two contacts per shift hour. Making two contacts per hour is not unreasonable and still seems to leave a lot of time to perform other duties that are detailed in your job description. Your supervisors as well as I have an expectation that each employee needs to be productive during their time on shift.
This production is measured using different matrix’s, including numbers. This is not any different than quantifying miles of streets paved or number of fire hydrants painted.