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2021-10-21 8:29:00 PM  
Did y'all know that Waldo, Florida dissolved it's police force a few years back?

I still wouldn't even bike thru for fear of a ticket but... progress.
 
2021-10-21 8:40:50 PM  
"Since the budget is traffic tickets, everything that we did was based on it. I know that during my time there, our budget continually dropped because we weren't bringing in traffic tickets," said Mumma. "Writing an entire budget worth of traffic tickets to fund a police department was not something that I could do in an ethical manner."

"After being a cop for 40-plus years, that's not the way I work."

He's now a commander with the Edgewater Police Department and a Republican candidate for Jefferson County sheriff.


An ethical republican?

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2021-10-21 8:44:31 PM  
"Money from fines and forfeitures makes up nearly 50% of revenue for the Town of Morrison"


Now there's a shiat town that has no reason whatsoever to exist.
 
2021-10-21 9:11:48 PM  

GardenWeasel: "Since the budget is traffic tickets, everything that we did was based on it. I know that during my time there, our budget continually dropped because we weren't bringing in traffic tickets," said Mumma. "Writing an entire budget worth of traffic tickets to fund a police department was not something that I could do in an ethical manner."

"After being a cop for 40-plus years, that's not the way I work."

He's now a commander with the Edgewater Police Department and a Republican candidate for Jefferson County sheriff.

An ethical republican?

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Edgewater is a known ticket trap shiathole town itself, they were pulling anyone over with anything hanging from their rearview mirror as obstruction violations.
I live like 7 minutes from Morrison, always passing through to zip up the canyon on drives, and ALWAYS saw that cop parked on the same spot the entire time my work commute was C-470. Hell, I bet half the revenue dip outside of the pandemic is everyone being on to it when the same dipshiat is parked in the same spot every rush hour.
 
2021-10-21 9:31:45 PM  
We need to stop incentivizing this BS. If you need to issue a speeding fine, do it, but you shouldn't get to keep the money.

And fark your legalized theft "forfeiture".
 
2021-10-21 9:43:16 PM  
The thing I find the most troubling is that the town has a planned budget item for this sort of chicanery.  Gives the police more of a motive to be revenuers rather than enforcing the law

Not that this is new, it's like this pretty much everywhere. The words " budget line item" is code for "quota"
 
2021-10-21 9:44:02 PM  
I'm looking right at you Patton Village, Texas
 
2021-10-21 9:53:23 PM  
"Ultimately, modern policing is about more than just generating revenue by giving tickets," said Robert Preuhs, "It's about kicking the literal shiat out of black people and anyone else that dares to talk back to our boys in blue" he should've said.
 
2021-10-21 10:56:12 PM  
Defund yourselves
 
2021-10-21 10:59:17 PM  
Came for Rosendale, Wisconsin.

Rather than leaving dissatisfied, however, the world is now my oyster pitching "Play Misty For Me: The Sad Saga of Chief Sidefin" to the Investigation Discovery Channel (IDHD).

I shall have many Farks to give when my revenue projections pan out.
 
2021-10-21 11:15:11 PM  

Monty_Zoncolan: Did y'all know that Waldo, Florida dissolved it's police force a few years back?

I still wouldn't even bike thru for fear of a ticket but... progress.


I've driven through Waldo countless times years ago when they did that. Never got a ticket but it's almost like a video game, trying to keep up with the changing speed limit signs. I'm sure they got their fair share of drunken UF students as well.
 
2021-10-21 11:46:48 PM  

Monty_Zoncolan: Did y'all know that Waldo, Florida dissolved it's police force a few years back?

I still wouldn't even bike thru for fear of a ticket but... progress.



Wilber, Alabama (just west of Mobile)
 
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2021-10-22 12:49:29 AM  

SpaceMonkey-66: I'm looking right at you Patton Village, Texas


ha, I haven't run into that one.  I read TFA as if it were any one of those cities on a TX highway you're forced to use by lack of interstates or straighter highways.  Look for the cop car/deputy/sheriff reading speeders from the comfort of a Dairy Queen parking lot.
 
2021-10-22 1:05:59 AM  

Bslim: "Money from fines and forfeitures makes up nearly 50% of revenue for the Town of Morrison"


Now there's a shiat town that has no reason whatsoever to exist.


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2021-10-22 1:07:53 AM  
I remember seeing a story like this before several years ago. It might even have been on Fark.
 
2021-10-22 1:22:19 AM  

GardenWeasel: "Since the budget is traffic tickets, everything that we did was based on it. I know that during my time there, our budget continually dropped because we weren't bringing in traffic tickets," said Mumma. "Writing an entire budget worth of traffic tickets to fund a police department was not something that I could do in an ethical manner."

"After being a cop for 40-plus years, that's not the way I work."

He's now a commander with the Edgewater Police Department and a Republican candidate for Jefferson County sheriff.

An ethical republican?

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LOL, Edgewater is almost as big a speed trap as Morrison. It's literally a strip mall, a dilapidated amusement park, and a handful of traffic cops. That's it.
 
2021-10-22 1:29:06 AM  
MORRISON, Colo. - The town of Morrison has a reputation for being a ticket trap, and that's because it is.

Your editor should be smacked upside the had, and that's because I said so.
 
2021-10-22 1:34:55 AM  
Can I assume they will be recruiting from Ferguson Missouri now?  Those guys know the grift so they won't need training.
 
2021-10-22 1:36:14 AM  
This is why I fly over Colorado
 
2021-10-22 1:41:31 AM  

SpaceMonkey-66: The thing I find the most troubling is that the town has a planned budget item for this sort of chicanery.  Gives the police more of a motive to be revenuers rather than enforcing the law

Not that this is new, it's like this pretty much everywhere. The words " budget line item" is code for "quota"


It's outright banditry at that point.
 
2021-10-22 1:57:36 AM  

Bslim: "Money from fines and forfeitures makes up nearly 50% of revenue for the Town of Morrison"


Now there's a shiat town that has no reason whatsoever to exist.


Well, there's *one* reason for it to exist.
 
2021-10-22 1:58:22 AM  
Have Biden nuke the town off the map.

Problem solved.
 
2021-10-22 1:59:01 AM  
Brier, Washington sends its regards.

/Camas too
 
2021-10-22 2:03:44 AM  

AmbassadorBooze: Have Biden nuke the town off the map.

Problem solved.


Biden ain't got that kind of power. Ask sinema and manchin.
 
2021-10-22 2:05:55 AM  
The really stupid thing about Morrison being a speed trap is the town budget is around $6500 a person. That's nuts. If you check similar size towns in Colorado most spend around $1500 a person. And it's not like Morrison is one of those dying rural towns. The median income is $105,000, it's surrounded by multimillion dollar homes, and it's the site of Red Rocks, which draws a ton of traffic.

The town is just greedy.
 
2021-10-22 2:06:24 AM  
I'd imagine people tend to avoid the area after being ticketed so much.. which means lack of business for the town, causing the local economy to suffer. All so the elite can eat oysters on the half-shell with minimum effort.
 
2021-10-22 2:11:42 AM  
The current population is 415 people. What is a town that size doing with an annual budget of $2.2mil? They're certainly not maintaining the place and except for public safety workers, public employee positions shouldn't Abe full time jobs.
 
2021-10-22 2:14:02 AM  

Ragin' Asian: The current population is 415 people. What is a town that size doing with an annual budget of $2.2mil? They're certainly not maintaining the place and except for public safety workers, public employee positions shouldn't Abe full time jobs.


Wining and dining on the dime of anyone unfortunate enough to have to drive through the area?
 
2021-10-22 2:23:29 AM  
You should always fight these kind of tickets.
You'll also most probably face this guy:
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2021-10-22 2:24:19 AM  
50% of their revenue was from fines?

Shut the town down. It's worthless.
 
2021-10-22 2:34:46 AM  
For-profit law enforcement always leads to abuse.
 
2021-10-22 2:51:45 AM  
They should just stick to civil forfeiture like every other police department does. Problem solved.
 
2021-10-22 2:52:15 AM  
"I had problems with extorting money from motorists in Morrison, so now I do it in Edgewater"
 
2021-10-22 2:58:22 AM  
This is the result of locals refusing to vote for any tax measure, ever.   Oh, they want all the things taxes pay for, they just want someone else to pay for them.   So those tickets from durned outsiders are paving the roads and paying for the new police SUVs and so on.    Small town welfare at its peak.
 
2021-10-22 3:03:24 AM  

Bslim: "Money from fines and forfeitures makes up nearly 50% of revenue for the Town of Morrison"


Now there's a shiat town that has no reason whatsoever to exist.


This is why fines shouldn't go to the budget where they were issued.
 
2021-10-22 3:03:45 AM  

fragMasterFlash: Brier, Washington sends its regards.

/Camas too


And Coburg, Oregon
 
2021-10-22 3:03:58 AM  

Troy Aikman's Giant Thumbs: The really stupid thing about Morrison being a speed trap is the town budget is around $6500 a person. That's nuts. If you check similar size towns in Colorado most spend around $1500 a person. And it's not like Morrison is one of those dying rural towns. The median income is $105,000, it's surrounded by multimillion dollar homes, and it's the site of Red Rocks, which draws a ton of traffic.

The town is just greedy.


Do you have any idea how much it costs to keep those rocks red?
 
2021-10-22 3:05:52 AM  

nytmare: For-profit law enforcement always leads to abuse.


Highway robbery and theft are bad? Who knew?
 
2021-10-22 3:17:06 AM  
FTFA: ...would bring in $300,000 worth of fines this year, more than $800,000 less than the town...
This sentence made my brain hurt.

Awe poor widdle piggies can't extort its citizens. F*ck you. Catch covid.
 
2021-10-22 3:45:37 AM  

leeksfromchichis: Bslim: "Money from fines and forfeitures makes up nearly 50% of revenue for the Town of Morrison"


Now there's a shiat town that has no reason whatsoever to exist.

This is why fines shouldn't go to the budget where they were issued.


Winner.  Traffic fines should go to the general fund of the state to be distributed where needed.  If a city is counting on traffic fines to exist, they need to disband entirely to become an unincorporated town at the behest of the county or state.  Because they have failed to budget and plan.
 
2021-10-22 3:58:17 AM  

anuran: fragMasterFlash: Brier, Washington sends its regards.

/Camas too

And Coburg, Oregon


Manchester, NJ looks at you and gives a knowing wink.
 
2021-10-22 4:38:40 AM  
Let's go ask the cops in St George, Missouri, how that model worked for them. Oh wait, we can't. They were sued out of existence.
 
2021-10-22 4:42:49 AM  
Maybe you should drive:

Actually even that's iffy.

Fines, all fines, should NOT be part of the budget or subject to the control of either the people who issue fines or the people who can make the rules that can allow them to be issued.  I don't know exactly how to do it, but revenuing should be impossible to do legally. That money should be distributed to the poor, especially big corporate fines.  hell do an annual stimulus check to every citizen
 
2021-10-22 4:46:59 AM  
Morrison is most definitely NOT "the site of Red Rocks."

Red Rocks is and always will be the city and county of Denver.

Having said that, however, the Red Rocks references are very enlightening because.....
 
2021-10-22 4:58:17 AM  
... if you want to set up a trap to make a jillion dollars and confiscate property any time there is a concert at Red Rocks, you have a chokepoint at Morrison. You also probably have quite a site to get skiers coming back to Denver in other seasons. It really is a prime place to find people with too much money and too many drugs coming home from having a fun time doing things in the foothills west of Denver.

And yes that will be affected by COVID19. I am surprised they managed to confiscate as much as they did, given the circumstances.

And now time for my corny story. We have had threads recently about these horrible people who would not use their brakes coming down I 70 and murdering a bunch of people from negligence.

As a much younger man, I would use what was colloquially called "Mexican overdrive" when coming home from Idaho Springs to SW Denver. You would slip your car into neutral, and even turn the engine off, and just coast much much more than halfway home, and often down to Morrison, where you would hit your first stop sign. This was long before C470,and it was pretty much the only way to get home without having to drive all the way down Wadsworth or whatever.

And I probably got away with it because I was coasting while everyone else was at Red Rocks enjoying the show.

It sounds dangerous, but it was a different time. Manual transmissions. Willy's Jeeps. Pre John Denver and Pre Mork and Mindy, there was just not a whole lot of there, there.
 
2021-10-22 4:59:42 AM  

The5thElement: They should just stick to civil forfeiture like every other police department does. Problem solved.


But wait!  There's more!
 
2021-10-22 5:16:39 AM  

kudayta: "Ultimately, modern policing is about more than just generating revenue by giving tickets," said Robert Preuhs, "It's about kicking the literal shiat out of black people and anyone else that dares to talk back to our boys in blue" he should've said.


Should've worn a camera to a meeting, and dropped every ni-*BONG* bomb in the book and recorded every member that laughed & cheered, released the footage, and mic dropped.
 
2021-10-22 5:18:57 AM  

Markoff_Cheney: GardenWeasel: "Since the budget is traffic tickets, everything that we did was based on it. I know that during my time there, our budget continually dropped because we weren't bringing in traffic tickets," said Mumma. "Writing an entire budget worth of traffic tickets to fund a police department was not something that I could do in an ethical manner."

Edgewater is a known ticket trap shiathole town itself, they were pulling anyone over with anything hanging from their rearview mirror as obstruction violations.
I live like 7 minutes from Morrison, always passing through to zip up the canyon on drives, and ALWAYS saw that cop parked on the same spot the entire time my work commute was C-470. Hell, I bet half the revenue dip outside of the pandemic is everyone being on to it when the same dipshiat is parked in the same spot every rush hour.



They park in the same place just to slow you down. They know that you know that they are there and will (probably) reduce speed. We had one behind a billboard with a cardboard cop inside.
 
2021-10-22 5:58:45 AM  
Towns like that need to be burned to the ground, then the earth salted to make sure nothing ever grows there again.  They are run by truly horrid people.
 
2021-10-22 6:10:51 AM  

ImpendingCynic: We need to stop incentivizing this BS. If you need to issue a speeding fine, do it, but you shouldn't get to keep the money.

And fark your legalized theft "forfeiture".


TFA would indicate they don't get to keep the money:

The pay at Morrison PD is low compared to similar agencies"
"There is a perception within the police department that somewhere within the Town of Morrison, pressure has developed over the years for the officers to write traffic tickets."
"Officers have to purchase some of their own police gear."


That's not even the usual one hand washing the other arrangement. What dumbass police union boss agreed to that?

This stops when summons revenue goes into a kitty that can't be touched for a good long while. Decades probably.
 
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