Arizona—Politicians here in desperate measures to fund their spending have allowed a private company, Redflex, to install cameras on the highways in an effort to extort money from drivers. The cameras capture driving violations and the information is used in the courts as evidence.
You can call this effort good intentioned all you want but it’s a simple criminal conspiracy and the conspirators include officials inside the Arizona department of public safety.
They have invited Redflex to gather evidence on behalf of state government for use in court proceedings that they claim show speeding and bad behavior of citizens. Any person or company doing that must first be licensed as a private investigation agency by none other than the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
The major scandal here is that all private investigators are regulated and licensed by the very same law enforcement agency that has been facilitating and utilizing Redflex’s unlicensed and unlawful activity.
As a private investigator I must meet qualifications, requirements and pay fees to the state before I can engage in business. Redflex instead operates with a wink and a handshake from corrupt public officials and the money keeps rolling in.
Because they are breaking the licensing laws the entire scheme reduces the Redflex/DPS action to criminal racketeering and extortion.
I don’t think our founding fathers would ever approve of the creative efforts to strong-arm the men and women of Arizona by criminals acting under color of law.