Two LAPD officers win $2M after suing for traffic ticket quota system


Here are two police officers that should be an example for the whole nation. A jury on Monday awarded $2 million to two Los Angeles policemen in a civil suit against the city and the department alleging that there was a ‘quota system’ for writing traffic tickets.

Officers Howard Chan and David Benioff, veteran motor officers with the LAPD’s West Traffic Division, sued the department in 2009. Both alleged that their captain had required each motor officer to write 18 tickets a day. In addition to meeting the quota, the officers were required to write tickets for major mover offenses such as speeding, lane straddling or running a red light.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the civil court jury sided with the officers by a vote of 11 to 1.

“We’re very hopeful that this will put an end to fleecing motorists on the West side of Los Angeles,” said Benioff’s attorney, Gregory Smith. “Quotas are a direct violation of the vehicle code and this case was about these officers being asked to break the law.”

– By: Omar Rana

Source: LA Times