Lawsuit: Valley Brook PD strips people out of money

The strippers in Valley Brook aren’t the only ones trying to hustle the town’s visitors.

According to local media reports, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law got some glitter in their eye and has sued the town for operating what they call a “modern-day debtor’s prison.”

Here are details via News 9:

The one-mile city of Valley Brook, mostly know for strip clubs, is now getting another reputation.

“We see the police department stopping people for minor traffic offenses,” said Tianna Mays, lawsuit attorney. “And then using that as an opportunity to search these people’s car without any type of warrant.”

Uhm, “Now” getting another reputation? That would be like saying Kevin Stitt has now grown eyebrows. Outside of strip clubs and bacterial infections, corrupt police preying on drunk horny men who may be hitmen is what the town’s know for.

Mays is part of a national group of attorneys investigating debtors’ prisons in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Mays said Valley Brooks’ budget was mostly generated through traffic ticket fines and fees for minor offenses. The lawsuit alleged that Valley Brook police and city officials threatened motorists to pay hundreds to thousands of dollars in fines or they would go to the Oklahoma County Detention Center.

“As a result,” said Mays. “You have people being incarcerated merely because they cannot afford to pay and that is the definition of debtors’ prison.”

In all fairness to the City of Valley Brook, I’d eagerly volunteer to pay hundreds to thousands of dollars to get out of debtors’ prison than go to the Oklahoma County Jail, which is basically the strip club equivalent to the revolving door of places on 1oth and MacArthur. Sure, it may be illegal, but you can’t blame the town for jumping on the opportunity.

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  1. I guess the citizens of Valley Brook are OK with this practice. It probably only victimizes out-of-towners, and it keeps their taxes lower.

    Dang librul outsiders. Best they mind their own business. Who are they to tell our law enforcement what’s “legal”?

  2. It’s tragic that Valley Brook’s conscious decision to fleece people will not only hurt it’s ability to collect traffic fines and costs in the future, but will impact the ability of dancers to earn a living (which coincidentally, is one of Valley Brook’s other sources of tax revenue). Agree with adult dancing or not, these girls need to make a living like everyone else.

    One would think that with Valley Brook’s long history of fleecing the public, they would have learned their lesson.

    1. But they like the money in the city coffers! Money uber alles!

      1. Something tells me the money isn’t going to the
        city in that town of less than a 1,000 people.

        I remember watching a damn good Western movie
        where one guy owned the whole town plus he was
        both the judge and sheriff and owned the saloons.
        It had a sexy female gunslinger star who came into
        town and turned things around.

        Thinking about Valley Brook reminded me of that movie.
        I’ve heard that one guy owns most of the property there.
        ‘Course if such is the case no one’s getting prosecuted
        because we have the best judicial system money can buy.

        They’re still working on a case, sort of a class action lawsuit,
        where they’re trying to refund the fines for speeding along
        59th, because Valley Brook doesn’t have legal jurisdiction to
        write tickets on that particular street.

        I wouldn’t mind seeing a movie with VB as the inspiration.

        1. I think that movie was “The Quick and the Dead” with Sharon Stone and Gene Hackman. Good movie!

  3. It has been years ago and I’m sorry for not
    having better details, but I remember reading
    about a special session to be held by the state
    legislature to address the problem of small
    towns that thrive on speed traps across the state.

    If the town’s budget was derived from over a certain
    percentage of tickets, then penalties could be applied
    to try to curtail it.

    I suppose it was never enforced enough and just sits on
    the books having no effect.
    Valley Brook though is just a handy nearby example
    that is so obvious to the OKC area. It’s a problem all
    across the state and across the USA as far as that goes.
    It probably really took off in the 50s heyday of Route 66
    and other traveling routes that went through small towns.

    1. You’re so right. We’ve found mineral deeds swapped out for car repairs from back in the Depression. Downtown OKC Cadillac dealership probably getting anything they could from stranded drivers.

    2. Looking at you, Dover, Oklahoma!

  4. I have heard that similar “bonding” situations exist throughout the state, to the point, that if you want to contest a traffic ticket, you can be threatened with jail until you make bail. (Or pay your fine now and go.) I know it sounds screwy, but this is what I’ve heard — and maybe the reason the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is investigating in Oklahoma.

    1. I’m sure it’s happening all across the state. It’s
      just too lucrative for the small towns, plus a glance
      at the tags will them who’s from out of town and
      won’t be protesting it.

      There’s a section of Forest Park on NE 36th where
      you actually have to ride the brake while going
      downhill or else you’ll exceed the speed limit.

      They got me once for 2 MPH over the limit. I had a
      mechanic friend write out a receipt for a broken
      speedometer cable but I still had to pay a fine in
      their little court which was just packed with other
      victims all sweating profusely because of the lack
      of air conditioning.

      OCU security is another one. If you don’t attend the
      college I’d highly advise avoiding the campus area
      especially after dark.
      Then there’s Bethany, Nichols Hills, Warr Acres and
      on and on, the more i think about it.

      1. As for speed traps, there’s one of long-standing on Highway 81 going around Rush Springs.

        Before it relocated, there was a church just past the place where I bought my Sunday paper. Until that church moved, you had a 75-25 chance every Sunday of seeing a patrol car lurking in the shadows to nail those running late for services.

        Making law enforcement personnel revenue agents damages their standing in the eyes of the own communities.

        1. Union City, is on a national speed trap list-and they are so prolific at writing tickets they outsource the pay/collection process to a Texas Company——I know this personally because I got a ticket going 44 in a 35 and it only cost me $96 plus a credit card fee. Talking to friends who all got a similar experience-the problem is once you head North/South it’s a 4 lane and appears to be a highway but is 35 miles an hour for about 1 mile, which is basically open road and not around anything but the prison and a huge Love’s off in the distance. So be aware. I am now LOL!

      2. “There’s a section of Forest Park on NE 36th where
        you actually have to ride the brake while going
        downhill or else you’ll exceed the speed limit.”

        This lack of control in automatic transmission vehicles is one of many reasons I choose to buy stick shifts. While one can manually shift an auto, manual driver’s subconsciously think in terms of what gear they should be in, and few auto driver’s ever consider it at all. Thus, they ride the brakes down hills.

        1. Yeah, I’m an old guy and I’ve had plenty of
          standards and I get a bad yearning to drive
          another one here and there. You really feel
          more in touch with the vehicle compared to
          an automatic.

          From my understanding they’re getting very
          hard to find especially on newer cars.
          I’ve heard people express that they’re probably
          even a theft deterrent in that the thieves don’t
          know how to drive one.

  5. How much is the fine….in the event a seamus catches some old boy walking out of a Valley Brook strip joint….for sportin’ a trouser stiffy? Seems like a sure fire way to add money to the city kitty pretty quick.

  6. I eagerly paid my fine when Officer Stormy stood me at attention with a baton at my crotch and slowly unbuttoned her patrol shirt to reveal some highly dangerous curves. Woot!

  7. I say we should sue the shit out of them for false representation! Who believes there’s a real valley there? And a brook? Just an open sewage drainage ditch.

  8. When cops complain that citizens don’t respect them, they should have to stand in front of the class and explain situations like these.

    Obviously Valley Brook isn’t unique. In my part of the state, Big Cabin and Catoosa are notorious speed traps.

  9. Come on everybody, I’ve lived in OKC for over 50 years and we knew back in the 80’s that you’d definitely get pulled over for “driving” in Valley Brook.

  10. amateurs compared to every town in Louisiana.
    Those Parish DA’s have mighty nice fishing boats.

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