3. The world’s worst speed trap
If you’ve ever tried to drive from Gainesville to Jacksonville, you're familiar with the notorious speed trap along US-301 in Hampton. Here police literally sit in lawn chairs and hide behind dumpsters with radar guns, waiting for unsuspecting motorists. Or at least they did. Funny thing was, despite racking up over $600,000 in ticket revenue between 2010 and 2012, the city was still a dilapidated dump. And where was all that money going? Certainly not to the mayor’s office, where to make ends meet Barry Layne Moore was dealing oxycodone. And while the police department had some of the nicest cars in the state, nothing else had gotten better. The state audited the city and found, among other things, a $27,000 city credit card bill and a $132,000 credit account at a BP station, then moved to dissolve the city. But proud Hamptonians managed to save it, despite standing as one of the worst cases of small-town corruption in US history.
2. Miami River Cops
The 1980s were not exactly a glorious time for the Miami Police Department, and bottomed out with the Miami River Cops. In summer 1985, a boat full of $12 million worth of cocaine docked on the Miami River, and somewhere along the line the offload went bad. A nearby night watchman called the police claiming gunfire during a “police raid," but somehow the raid mysteriously had no police report. Nor were the 400 kilos of cocaine on the boat ever heard from again. Though they may have been floating in the Miami River next to the three dead bodies that resulted from the “raid.” The missing drugs prompted an investigation that unearthed a network of crooked Little Havana cops who shook down drug dealers, stole their money and drugs, and profited from it all. In the end, 24 cops were convicted and 17 went to prison as a result of the investigation.