Kansas City Police Department Leaders encouraged officers to meet illegal ticket quotas by targeting drivers in Black and other minority neighborhoods, according to a lawsuit filed by an officer.
Edward Williams, a white traffic officer who says he has been with the department for 21 years, has filed discrimination suit Monday, the Kansas City Star reported.
Racial profiling is a violation of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. Ticket quotas are also illegal under a Missouri law passed in 2016.
Kansas City Police Chief Stacy Graves said in a written statement that the department is “dedicated to policing that is fair and equitable in all aspects of our duties.” She said officers are not directing enforcement activities based on demographics but instead on elevated collision areas and locations of citizen traffic complaints.
Williams’ lawyer, Gerald Gray II, said Williams was reprimanded after he reported the abuse to his superiors.
The lawsuit states, “Officers received unsatisfactory marks on their evaluations and were stripped of their duties and benefits due to low ticket writing numbers.” “This continues to this date.”
It comes several months later US Department of Justice She announced an investigation into the department’s employment practices to determine if it engaged in any racial discrimination.