May 29, 2020 The Best Source of News, Culture, Lifestyle for Culver City, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms and West Los Angeles

Westside Motorcycle Officer Gets Million Dollar Pay-Day For Rebuffing Quota System

The latest courts news coming out of the Westside (Thinkstock).
The latest courts news coming out of the Westside (Thinkstock).

The Los Angeles City Council has agreed to pay nearly $1 million to a former Westside motorcycle officer who said he was retaliated against by the Los Angeles Police Department for not participating in an illegal traffic ticket quota system.

The payment, recommended by the Los Angeles city attorney’s office, was approved unanimously by the City Council, although Councilman  Bob Blumenfield was absent, the Los Angeles Times reported. The $950,000 agreement resolves a 2014 lawsuit filed in L.A. County Superior Court by Dan Gregg, a former officer with the LAPD’s West Traffic Division.

Gregg alleged his supervisor, Capt. Nancy Lauer, required officers in the division to write a set number of traffic tickets during each shift, establishing a quota system that violated state law, The Times reported. Gregg’s job included assigning other officers’ overtime, and, beginning in 2009, Lauer instructed him to deny overtime to those who did not meet their quotas, the lawsuit said.

Gregg said in the lawsuit that he was denied a promotion after complaining about the alleged quota system.

In 2011, Gregg testified on behalf of two veteran motorcycle officers, Howard Chan and David Benioff, who made similar allegations against Lauer and members of her command staff in a separate lawsuit. A jury awarded Chan and Benioff $2 million combined, according to The Times.

After Gregg testified, his supervisors punished him by denying him overtime, filing a bogus internal affairs complaint, placing him on involuntary leave and wrongfully firing him, his lawsuit alleged.

In December 2013, the City Council agreed to pay $5.9 million to a group of 11 West Traffic Division motorcycle officers who also alleged retaliation and other workplace misconduct tied to the ticket controversy. The ticket quota cases have cost more than $10 million in taxpayer money spent on payouts and legal fees, The Times reported.

Related Posts

Beverly Hills Man Arrested for Pocketing COVID-19 Relief Money

May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

William Sadleir, recently ousted chair of indie distributor Aviron Pictures, arrested on federal corruption charges. By Kerry Slater A Beverly...

Westfield Mall opening next week: Westside Beat – May, 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

All your local news, events and happenings in under 5 minutes. * Westfield Mall opening next week. * Places of...

Video: Venice Skatepark Taken Back by Skaters

May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

Defying officials, Venice Skate Park skaters recently took matters into their own hands after the City of Los Angeles filled...

Video: Expanding Outdoor Dining?

May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020

Local restaurants may soon be able to expand operations into parking lots and the sidewalk. Learn more in this video...

Over 15 Culver City Deaths Reported From COVID-19

May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

Highest single day count for COVID-19 cases in LA County By Sam Catanzaro The Los Angeles County Department of Public...

Mosques call to prayer too loud? Westside Beat – May, 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

All your local news, events and happenings in under 5 minutes. * Mosques call to prayer too loud? * Hyundai...

Culver City Traffic Stop Yields Drugs, Stolen ID and Credit Card

May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

Culver City Police Department traffic stop leads to arrests By Sam Catanzaro The Culver City Police Department (CCPD) conducted a...

La Fiesta Ballona cancelled? Westside Beat – May, 21, 2020

May 21, 2020

May 21, 2020

All your local news, events and happenings in under 5 minutes. * La Fiesta Ballona cancelled? * Deadly rip current...

Culver City Businesses Face Impact of COVID-19 as Reopening Begins

May 21, 2020

May 21, 2020

Culver City has allowed many retailers to reopen but some local owners say being back in business is anything but...

Tito’s Tacos Reopening

May 20, 2020

May 20, 2020

Longtime Westside staple announces new, private delivery service By Kerry Slater Westside staple Tito’s Tacos is set to reopen and...

Reopening on Fourth of July?

May 19, 2020

May 19, 2020

County: 3/4 of unemployment claims are from those making less than $50,000 By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles County officials are...

WWE Star Goes Missing Swimming in Marina Del Rey

May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020

Lifeguards continue search for swimmer who went missing Sunday afternoon By Sam Catanzaro A missing swimmer who lifeguards continue to...

Video: Westside MLB Brothers Give Back

May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020

Two Westside brothers, both professional baseball players, are giving back to local first responders COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more in this...

Nate ‘N Al’s Deli Re-opens! Westside Beat – May, 18, 2020

May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020

All your local news, events and happenings in under 5 minutes. * Nate N Al’s deli re-opens! * Man drowns...

Del Rey Hospital Expansion Approved by Planning Commission

May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020

By Toi Creel A Del Rey hospital is moving forward with a massive expansion. On Thursday, May 14 Los Angeles’s...

Comments
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *