Estimated Cost of Attempted Raid on Country Crossing

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - More than 200 troopers were mobilized
around 4 a.m. Friday and waited for hours before raids planned by
the governor's antigambling task force were called off.

Normally only eight troopers would be on duty to watch Alabama
highways in those early morning hours. A University of Alabama
criminal justice professor, David Forde, estimates the operation
cost the state as much as $130,000 at a time when state agencies
are facing budget cuts.

The mobilization was called even though legal obstacles blocked
both planned raids. Forde said he doesn't believe the two massive
operations Friday morning were worth the cost and time involved.

Gov. Bob Riley's communications director, Jeff Emerson, said the
troopers were doing their job to enforce the law.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Patty Location: Cottonwood on Feb 1, 2010 at 02:59 PM
    This is ridiculous!! Taxpayers it is time to put this to a halt. The Governor has lost his mind, our money paid out over $100,000 of our money for his own agenda. Are we really going to continue to allow our hard earned money to be waisted? Stand up Alabamians and take control. Stand up and fight for the working man!!
  • by henry Location: florida on Feb 1, 2010 at 12:56 PM
    In the past; bad governors have been shot. If any of you out there are considering this; PLEASE use a GOLF CLUB for retaliation. There are too may attorneys playing that will never outlaw golf clubs and our guns are in enough danger. Save Alabama NOW !!
  • by nallen Location: dothan on Feb 1, 2010 at 07:00 AM
    what a waste of money spent on this event. there are so many other very important things this money could have used for other then harrassment. look at our schools you could have put all that wasted money in our schools to help them governor. shame on you for this shame.
  • by Jackie Location: Florida on Jan 30, 2010 at 05:19 PM
    I am glad the citizens of Alabama are speaking out against this gross misuse of political power. Riley should be impeached for using his political office to further his own personal agenda! Whether or not people play electronic bingo or not is not the issue. The issue is Riley has gone to far and needs to be reminded that this great nation was founded on freedom of and BY the people as guaranteed by the United States Constitution! I may not live in Alabama, but I was looking forward to visiting Country Crossing and enjoying ALL of its' attractions. If Riley gets away with this gross misuse of the governor's office, I fear what will be next! IMPEACH Riley and perserve the foundations out nation was built upon!
  • by NICK Location: ALABAMA on Jan 30, 2010 at 03:35 PM
    I have been to Country Crossing and liked it but I think that those machines are nothing more than slot machines.It's not bingo.Those machines are no different than the ones in Mississippi or Shorter.The law is the law.If you don't like it then change it, but for now Gov Riley is right.The only problem is he shouldn't have waited this long to do something about this problem.That place in Shorter has been open for years and nothing has been said or done about them.I guess my main question is why do something now?
  • by Riley Location: Dothan on Jan 30, 2010 at 03:34 PM
    $130,000 is small change to what the State will be paying for gambling addiction programs and Family Counseling if these "Illegal machines" are allowed to continue operating. This is over for the pro-bingo people. Supreme Court ruled "All ELECTRONIC BINGO" is Illegal. Also I remember Gilley stating at the beginning of this whole thing that "Bingo" was only a small part of the operation. So why is it that when his bingo gets shut down the whole operation fails? Good Job Gov Riley! Keep it up and put them all out of business!!!!!!
  • by Kay Location: Dothan on Jan 30, 2010 at 02:16 PM
    Im a state employee, im very upset with the money that have been spent on nonsense things.We going to always have gambling. Gov. Riley need to be made to pay for all these Raids out of his own pocket. He is getting ready to leave office and trying very hard to leave the state of Alabama broke. He don't care about the families that depend on these jobs that he's trying to take away. Governor Riley needs to be stopped.
  • by scpo Location: dothan on Jan 30, 2010 at 01:27 PM
    What a waste of money! Let CC and VL operate and support their respective communities.
  • by JoAnn Location: Ozark on Jan 30, 2010 at 09:34 AM
    let me say right up front,I am all for CC.I like all that they have planned for our area,i'ts a good thing.Riley has an agenda and thats all he has (in my opinion)Put us in our place!The Officers were bound by Duty to do the job given them ,(Riley). their personal opinions are of no importance.Gambling,We buy into the market's etc.We are gambling.I gambled when I voted for Riley,(win some loss some).Riley..we are NOT METH cooker's or whatever,we are just folks with families and different idea's then yours. let US the people decide if we want to spend OUR money in a bingo/slot machine.GO Country Crossing!
  • by bobby Location: dothan on Jan 30, 2010 at 09:32 AM
    Shame on you Gov how could you do this to CC who cared enough to give people jobs was it you or was it CC?? How many Country stars feed the needy? What will it take for you to Wake up and smell the coffee??
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