Here’s why all the police in one Indiana town quit in protest

It’s a not-so-secret secret that people in power often abuse that power. That’s why many people are so adamant about questioning every conflict of interest President-elect Donald Trump or his cabinet appointees might have. Humans are humans, and humans often suck. Abuse of power is exactly why an entire Indiana police department has resigned, claiming the small town’s officials made them do “illegal, unethical, and immoral things,” according to BuzzFeed.

All four members of the police department quit, leaving the town of Bunker Hill, Indiana without a police department. In the interim, the Miami County Sheriff’s Office is currently providing policing services to the town while they look for a new part-time marshal.

Michael Thomison, the former marshal, alleges that town council members would complain if they or their family members were stopped for traffic violations. In one instance, Thomison alleges an officer pursuing a drunk driver was “written up” for speeding. That officer had previously pulled a council member’s wife over. Another officer who stopped a council member for a busted taillight was written up for abusing town equipment after the council member alleged the officer “took off too fast.”

It’s like something out of a bad small-town TV show.

Thomison has had a lot of trouble with the town council. For one, it kept making cuts, leaving the officers with just one bullet proof vest. Thomison said the council claimed the vests were too expensive, so they were passed around to officers on a case-by-case basis. Thomison also said when he was diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery, the council cut his benefits by making him a part-time employee (he worked just 29.75 hours when the benchmark for benefits was 30 hours). Someone from the council allegedly told him his diagnosis was costing the town too much cash. Stay classy, people.

The council members would also allegedly ask for background checks on other members, which is unethical. Thomison said he tried to work with the council and once even asked the Indiana State Police to intervene, but his efforts were fruitless.

The council issued a statement saying, “The current town council as well as prior councils have, on occasion, had disagreements with Mr. Thomison over a number of things. These disagreements have primarily been caused by the lack of funding available to the town to invest in the police department.” They deny not providing protective gear to the department.

So right now, an entire town has no police department. There’s a sign on the door of the department that says residents should call 911 in case of emergency.