Timothy Brasuell, a police officer in Bethel Heights, Arkansas was disturbed when his new police chief instituted quotas for writing tickets and told his officers the ways to invent a reason to pull people over in order to fill those quotas. So he recorded the chief doing it.
The voice goes on to say in the reocrding, “If i seen a vehicle, I could always find some reason to stop them even if I made them do something stupid.”
The voice, Brasuell says is McKinnon, goes on to describe his traffic stop method:
“I wanna stop that car load of dumb sh*** in the car, I wanna stop it, but they are not going to do anything wrong.
Hell, I’ll get behind or the other lane and I’d start crowding them.
Kinda dirty pool but i got two or three arrests out of it.”
The audio comes from a conversation between officer Brasuell and the chief, back in May, that officer Brasuell recorded with his phone and then played it for the mayor and the Benton county prosecutor.
“It’s an internal matter and that’s what we’re saying at this point,” says Bethel Heights mayor Jeff Hutcheson.
Brasuell was fired. And unlike the huge number of cops who have been caught engaging in misconduct and brutality, he likely won’t get another job. Police departments will gladly hire someone who beat someone up in their custody, but won’t touch someone who did the right thing and blew the whistle on misconduct. Here’s a video that includes an interview with him and with Radley Balko.
Update: The chief has now apparently also been fired. I wonder if they’ll be giving Brasuell his job back now.