Judge: Lawsuit over LAPD traffic ticket quotas may move forward

Daily News | Mar 8, 2012

LOS ANGELES – A judge said today she is inclined to allow 10 Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officers to move forward with their lawsuit alleging that their supervisors retaliated against them for not complying with traffic ticket quotas.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ramona See issued a tentative ruling rejecting arguments by lawyers for the city that the officers had not provided enough details to move forward with their allegations of retaliation and breach-of-contract.

See said she would notify lawyers of her final ruling by mail.

Officers Philip Carr, Kevin Cotter, Timothy Dacus, Peter Landelius, Kevin Ree, Kevin Riley, Josh Sewell, Vincent Stroway, James Wallace and Jason Zapatka filed suit on June 28. Dacus also alleges disability discrimination on grounds he was treated adversely by management because of he has high blood pressure.

The officers allege their LAPD supervisors punished them by denying overtime and giving bad performance reviews because they did not implement traffic ticket quotas.

Lawyers for the LAPD deny the allegations. State law prohibits the setting of ticket quotas.

Los Angeles police Officer Marvin Brent filed a separate suit last March 24 in Los Angeles Superior Court that is also pending.

Last April, a jury awarded retired LAPD Officer Howard Chan and current Officer David Benioff a total of $2 million 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.

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