RICHARDSON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Two Richardson Police Department employees have filed a lawsuit against the City of Richardson and police officials, alleging that they illegally asked police to issue a certain number of tickets each month.
Officers Kayla Walker and David Conklin, who worked for the department between 2008 and 2011, allege that the Richardson Police Department has used a quota system since before they joined. They claimed that they never participated in it and then file a complaint against the systemthey were illegally harassed and retaliated against by this department.
The lawsuit alleges that during the tenure of Former Sheriff Jimmy Spivey, who retired in May 2021, there was “an unwritten but well-known policy that constituted a ticket quota in violation of the Texas Transportation Code. , Section 772,022” requires officers “to be at or above the department or industry average in writing their traffic ticket.”
Furthermore, the suit states, “failure to maintain an ‘average’ ticket count will result in disciplinary action, including poor judgment resulting in immediate negative working conditions which may result in terminate the contract for reason.” Walker alleges that her employment record contains “many such references or claims” of failing to reach a specific number of stops.
The policy is also said to apply to the number of arrests an officer makes per month. Conklin claimed that in 2016 he was “reprimanded for not making many arrests” at a “forced arrest warrant raid,” even though doing so would have been “unconstitutional” and “inappropriate.” physical”.
Although the department opened an internal investigation following Walker’s public statements, it found that her allegations were unfounded. The suit claims that the investigation was manipulated to include only a limited selection of officers and alleges that “patrol officers were interviewed by outside consultants” confirming that a system Illegal quota system was applied.
The lawsuit asks the Judge of the Dallas District Court to declare the ticket quota policy in violation of the Texas Transportation Code, to order the Richardson Police Department to stop the policy and to compensate Walker and Conklin for the violation of their right to liberty. by their speech.
The case has not yet been assigned a judge or case number.
Sheriff Richardson Gary L. Title issued the following statement on the matter: