TheNewspaper.com Reports on Matthew McNicholas’ Lawsuit Regarding Illegal Ticket Quotas in Whittier
As published by TheNewspaper.com, the court denied all six motions for summary judgment in the six officer ticket quota case against Whittier PD command staff.
To get around the state law ban on explicit ticket quotas, various cities use a technique called “shift averaging”, during which supervisors calculate the average of tickets handed out by teams of officers and punish anyone who has failed to meet or exceed that number. After filing complaints to their supervisors and internal affairs, the officers experienced harassment and retaliation, including negative and disparaging language and comments in their permanent files, unfavorable documentation, unwarranted counselling sessions and transfers, increased scrutiny, and threats of termination in official documents if they did not meet the quotas.
“Plaintiffs spoke out not only for the rights of themselves and their fellow officers, but also for the rights of the public, by speaking out against what they believed to be an unlawful citation and arrest quota as well as retaliation, harassment and intimidation for refusing to comply with or reporting such an illegal quota,” said Attorney Matthew McNicholas.