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Documentary reveals how Pine Lake, Georgia's history of overpolicing belies its liberal image ? CBSN Originals


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But there's a not-so-progressive reality in Pine Lake as well — systemic racism in the way the city has brought in revenue.Though the city has fewer than 800 people, the police department writes hundreds of traffic tickets every year along Rockbridge Road — a stretch of county road that skirts the edge of town — and court documents reveal that a vast majority of tickets are issued to Black drivers from the surrounding county and other cities. "In the film, the mayor states that traffic pays for approximately 100% of the police department." Pine Lake police issued 2,807 traffic tickets between 2017 and 2019, and 2,481 — about 88% — went to Black people, city data shows. But other area residents say overpolicing still exists.Kent Morris, a barber who worked on Rockbridge Road within Pine Lake's city limits, said he believes there's so much ticketing because the police department needs the income."There's not much money coming in from the police department, so of course they're going to pull over everybody and try to get as much money as they can," said Morris, who is Black and goes by June da Barber.

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