A former Louisiana state trooper who pleaded guilty last week in connection with an overtime investigation posted about the situation on his social media page today.
Jimmy Allen Rogers pleaded guilty to committing malfeasance in office by putting false information on traffic tickets he wrote during overtime shifts, the AP reported. He was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay restitution.
His arrest and conviction was part of an investigation into LACE, Local Area Compensated Enforcement, a program aimed at raising money for district attorneys, public defenders and law enforcement via traffic tickets.
Today, Rogers posted a lengthy statement on his Facebook page, calling for a public outcry that will bring about a "real" investigation into the program.
"Let me start out by saying, I am GUILTY. I am guilty for participating in what is, in my opinion, a gross violation of YOUR constitutional rights. You are being taxed without your knowledge," the post states. "The District Attorney’s office dangles a few dollars in front of police officers and in turn those officers write a required amount of tickets."
Here’s his complete post: