Compromise Bill Calls For ‘Policing for Profit’ Hearings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State lawmakers are promising a full investigation of whether some Tennessee law enforcement agencies are policing for profit.

That comes after a compromise bill that moved this week out of a key House committee.

It all follows an exclusive NewsChannel 5 investigation.

“I think we’ve got everybody’s attention,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Vance Dennis, R-Savannah.

“We’ve got everybody on board willing to come to the table and discuss what’s going on and make some changes for the better.”

Under a compromise measure, a special legislative study committee would be set up to hold full-blown hearings on such law enforcement tactics.

Our NewsChannel 5 investigation discovered interstate interdiction units targeting out-of-state drivers, looking for large sums of cash they can seize based on the suspicion that it’s drug money.

If the motorists don’t hire lawyers to get their money back, the agencies get to keep it all.

ADDED: Outstanding work NewsChannel5! Thank you for the time and energy you put into this and bringing it all into the light. Now you need to dig into the alarming problems we have with misconduct and criminal acts our cops commit!


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