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L.A. Settles Lawsuit Over Traffic Ticket Quotas

 
L.A. Settles Lawsuit Over Traffic Ticket Quotas
LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The City Council today approved a $5.9 million settlement of a lawsuit filed by LAPD officers who said they were pushed to meet quotas for issuing traffic tickets.

Officers Philip Carr, Kevin Cotter, Timothy Dacus, Peter Landelius, Kevin Ree, Kevin Riley, Josh Sewell, Vincent Stroway, James Wallace and Jason Zapatka contended they were denied overtime and were given bad performance reviews because they did not implement traffic ticket quotas.

In April 2011, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded LAPD Officers Howard Chan and David Benioff a total of $2 million in a separate lawsuit after determining that supervisors had retaliated against them for complaining about alleged traffic ticket quotas.

Chan and Benioff, both veteran motorcycle officers with West Traffic Division, sued the department in Los Angeles Superior Court in 2009, alleging that they had been punished with bogus performance reviews, threats of reassignment and other forms of harassment when they resisted demands from superiors to daily write a certain number of tickets.

City attorneys challenged the verdict, but a judge rejected a motion for a new trial last year. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck denied that the department has a ticket-quota system, saying after the 2009 verdict was announced that officer performance is based on ``measures of productivity.''

``We will continue to have measures of productivity. Not quotas. Measures of productivity. They're different,'' Beck said.

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