Atlanta Police Tie Traffic Ticket Money to Future Pay Raises (InformationLiberation)
Monday June 24th, 2013
Under Atlanta's new rules, the more police extort from the general public through traffic tickets, the more money they will make.
ATLANTA — Channel 2 Action News has obtained an email sent to Atlanta police that says traffic ticket money will fund future pay raises.In response to this email surfacing, the mayor's office denied that giving police a financial incentive to write more tickets will cause them to write more tickets.
An Atlanta police source told Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri there are concerns that linking pay raises to tickets creates an indirect quota system, but the Mayor’s Office and the author of the email insist there’s no push to write more tickets.
The email from police union President Ken Allen explains future police pay raises will be funded through traffic tickets and court revenue. It comes on the heels of the passage of the city’s budget.
“The mayor has designated traffic court/ticket revenue for future pay increases ... (This is) the first time ever that a revenue stream has been designated to salaries,” Allen told officers in the email. “Future pay increases are in our hands. We need only enforce traffic violations as we are now, but increase our attendance in court to prevent cases being dismissed."
Yes, they really think the general public is that stupid.
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