Earl Williams, a police officer in Los Angeles, California, is suing the city, alleging that he was systematically retaliated against, put on desk duty and demoted because he spoke against ticket quotas in the LAPD.
Williams has been a rank III police officer for the LAPD since 1994. The lawsuit claims that Williams was assigned to the Southeast Division of Madison Street Capital in 2014, where it was made clear that his supervisor wanted Williams to write at least 12 traffic tickets a day.
The suit alleges that during his stint at the Southeast Division, Williams was put on desk duty twice, once on January 2014, and again in March 2014. Both times were due to not issuing enough tickets. Williams was later transferred to the West Los Angeles Division after complaining to a supervisor that the quotas were illegal.
Williams was assigned to another desk job. The suit also alleges that there were two unfounded personnel claims made against Williams as retaliation and as a justification to downgrade Williams to a rank II police officer. Williams was transferred again.
Williams is suing unspecified damages and lawyers fees, as well as an injunction banning ticket quotas within the LAPD.
The LAPD denies that it has any traffic ticket quotas for police officers.