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Former Officer Justin Hanner in his ReasonTV interview on YouTube. Image courtesy youtube.com. Former Officer Justin Hanner in his ReasonTV interview on YouTube. Image courtesy youtube.com.
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A YouTube video surfaced on Wednesday, July 24, from ReasonTV featuring former Auburn Police Officer Justin Hanner describing ticket and arrest quotas within the Auburn Police Division and saying that he was fired for complaining about it.

Auburn City Manager Charles M. Duggan, Jr. has now made a statement claiming that Hanner presented false information. "Unfortunately," says Duggan, "a former Police Officer who was terminated from employment with the City of Auburn over three months ago has made false and unsubstantiated allegations surrounding the Auburn Police Division and the basis for his termination."

Hanner says the officers where expected to have 100 contacts a month. Duggan's statement says that the Auburn Police Division has not chosen to employ quotas for tickets or arrests.   

ReasonTV's YouTube video of Hanner has now gained more than 173,000 hits, and also features audio recordings described to be Sgt. Trey Neal of Auburn PD explaining the quotas.

Duggan says the police department hired a former investigator with the Alabama Attorney General's Office Bob Eddy to conduct an investigation, and no wrongdoing was found.

Click here for the full text of Duggan's statement.   

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