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    Default Diamond Piglice Get Caught Running A Speed Trap For Revenue

    Missouri Attorney General sues the City of Diamond

    By: Summer Ballentine
    Posted: Apr 04, 2019 05:48 PM CDT
    Updated: Apr 04, 2019 07:24 PM CDT



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    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Attorney General Eric Schmitt sued a southwestern Missouri city on Thursday for allegedly using traffic ticket quotas to generate revenue for the municipal government.

    The City of Diamond's police chief, Michael Jones, wrote on a white board that the city was $5,000 behind and instructed officers to issue tickets "RFN," an acronym that a whistleblower believed to include profanity and to mean immediately, Schmitt's office alleges in its lawsuit.

    "On information and belief, the City of Diamond and its Chief of Police are directing their police officers to write additional traffic tickets for the explicit purpose of generating additional municipal revenue," the lawsuit states. It also contends that Jones sent Mayor Brenda Schmitt and Board of Aldermen regular updates of how many tickets individual officers were issuing.

    Neither Jones nor the Brenda Schmitt, who is not related to Eric Schmitt, immediately replied to requests for comment made Thursday.

    Missouri banned the use of ticket quotas following protests in Ferguson over the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18 year old.

    Brown's shooting didn't involve a traffic stop, but his death and the sometimes violent protests that followed drew attention to concerns about the mostly white police force's treatment of the predominantly black residents of the St. Louis suburb, including the use of police to collect revenue through traffic fines and court fees.

    Schmitt, who sponsored the legislation during his time as a state senator, said in a statement that people "should not be used as ATMs."

    "Taxation by citation is an outdated, unsustainable, and unacceptable system," he said. "Enforcing ticket quotas and writing tickets purely to generate revenue breaks down trust between municipalities and the citizens they serve."

    The lawsuit alleges that Jones told employees that they were "behind on our ticket count" and needed to issue about 50 tickets a month. The attorney general's office also contends that Jones has told officers that money was needed to "keep the lights on."

    The attorney general's office requested that the judge order the city to stop the practice.



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    Default State of Missouri v. City of Diamond Missouri 19NW-CV00752

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    Default The Granby Piglice State is in the same boat as the Diamond Piglice State

    The Granby Piglice State is in the same boat as the Diamond Piglice State


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    Under legislation sponsored by Atty General Eric Schmidt back in 2016 the Mayor and police chief can be charged with a Class A misdeameanor. Even more to the point, this clears the way for civil lawsuits under state and federal law under 42 U.S.C. 1983 & 1984 for deprivation of civil rights under color of law.

    TRAFFIC CITATION QUOTAS - Revised Statutes of Missouri 304.125 & 575.320 Effective August 28, 2016

    After Ferguson a number of laws were passed to prevent the misuse of traffic tickets to generate revenue that were deemed to have helped cause the race riots because of these dodgy municipal cash-register police courts using corrupt municipal police to bring in revenue from outsiders.

    Right now I'm suing three judges for violation of the Missouri Sunshine Act for their part in granting and sustaining a fraudulent "domestic protection order" against myself wanting access to public records and false arrests. I intend to embarrass Granby and the State of Missouri and these Missouri judges -- Kevin Lee Selby, Gregory Stremel, and Charles Curless -- for their violations of the First Amendment to use bogus and fraudulent "domestic protection orders" to stifle free speech.
    The best thang Diamond could do would be to plead guilty and drop all of its traffic tickets and hope and pray that everyone given a ticket the past 20 years doesn't make a claim with penalties and interest, and thus "break" Diamond so that Diamond becomes "dis-incorporated" due to having to declare bankruptcy.

    Granby is in much the same boat. After all Steve White is the municipal judge in both towns insofar as I know and the lawsuit contagion can easily spread.

    The KSN TV station has by far the best most thorough coverage and it is damning:
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    Default Diamond officials mum on state ticket-quota suit

    Diamond officials mum on state ticket-quota suit

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    DIAMOND, Mo. — Mayor Brenda Schmitt said Friday that city officials are currently in contact with the state attorney general's office in hopes of resolving a lawsuit against the town.

    The suit, filed Thursday by Attorney General Eric Schmitt, alleges that city officials used "taxation by citation" practices by using traffic ticket quotas to generate more municipal revenue.

    Mayor Schmitt, who is not related to Eric Schmitt, declined to answer Globe interview questions, but issued the following statement:

    "The city of Diamond is in contact with the Attorney General's office in order to resolve this matter expeditiously. Once we receive the paperwork and review the claims made against the city, we will investigate the allegations and take any corrective action recommended by the Attorney General's office. Until that time, the city cannot and will not comment until the investigation is complete. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we complete our investigation."

    According to the petition filed by the state in Newton County Circuit Court, a “whistleblower” familiar with the Diamond Police Department’s operations contacted the attorney general's office on March 27 with the information that prompted the suit.

    The person sent photos of a message allegedly written by police Chief Michael Jones on a white board in a room of the police station that said that municipal revenue was behind $5,000 and told officers to immediately "issue some tickets” in response to the money shortfall.

    “Taxation by citation is an outdated, unsustainable and unacceptable system,” Eric Schmitt said in a news release. “Enforcing ticket quotas and writing tickets purely to generate revenue breaks down trust between municipalities and the citizens they serve.”

    Jones declined to comment Friday, referring a Globe reporter to the city statement.

    The court petition also alleges that information provided by the whistleblower indicates that in the past, Jones has told employees that more revenue was needed to “keep the lights on,” and that employees were “behind on our ticket count” and need to issue about 50 tickets a month.

    The suit also states that Jones has cited the ticket count of individual officers on a white board and “followed up with officers” for not giving out enough tickets. Additionally, acccording the suit, Jones has sent Brenda Schmitt and the Diamond City Council the ticket count of individual officers on a regular basis.

    Lola Sill, owner of Lola’s Diamond Barber and Beauty, 713 N. Washington St., said that though her business is located right off of Highway 59, she has not personally noticed police frequently pulling people over or issuing an excessive amount of tickets.

    “I know they don’t give a lot of tickets here, or not during the time when I’m here,” she said. “It hasn’t affected me. I just can’t see what they’re talking about, really.”

    The state office does not have any specific numbers detailing how many tickets each Diamond police officer has issued over a period of time, or if city revenues did increase, said Chris Nuelle, press secretary for the office. However, as this is now an open suit, more information may be available in the coming month.

    “It’s very early for that, since we just filed it yesterday,” he said Friday.

    Missouri banned the use of ticket quotas with a series of bills, including Senate Bill 5 in 2015, following the 2014 protests in Ferguson over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.

    "The laws (like SB 5) protect Missouri citizens — especially our least fortunate citizens — from oppressive ticketing practices and nefarious revenue-generating tactics," the petition said.

    While Brown’s shooting did not involve a traffic stop, his death and the following protests drew attention to concerns about the mostly white police force’s treatment of the predominantly black residents of Ferguson, including using police to collect revenue through traffic fines and court fees.

    In the petition, the attorney general’s office requested that the judge order the city to stop the practice of using traffic ticket quotas and that the city pay the cost of any incurred attorneys’ fees plus any additional cost that the “court deems just and proper.”


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    “I was honored to be a part of the passage of Senate Bill 5 (which banned ticket quotas) in 2015,” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who served as a state senator from 2009 to 2017, said in a news release about his state lawsuit. “Four years later I’m doing everything in my ability to enforce it as attorney general. Missourians should not be used as ATMs. “

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    Default Attorney General: Lawsuit settlement ends speeding ticket quotas in Diamond

    Attorney General: Lawsuit settlement ends speeding ticket quotas in Diamond


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    (From Attorney General Eric Schmitt)

    Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his lawsuit with the City of Diamond has been resolved.

    Attorney General Schmitt filed the lawsuit against the City of Diamond in April, alleging that members of the city’s police force were enforcing a traffic ticket quota in order to generate more revenue for the city.

    The settlement agreement stipulates that the City of Diamond will have to implement internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance in the future, and host a mandatory training for the Mayor, members of the Board of Aldermen, and the Chief of Police regarding the requirements of relevant state statutes.

    “One of my most important actions as a State Senator was to help pass Senate Bill 5 and curb taxation by citation, an abusive and overreaching practice. Today, one of my most important duties as Attorney General is to enforce all laws of the state of Missouri, including Senate Bill 5, to ensure that Missourians aren’t being treated as ATMs,” said Attorney General Schmitt.

    “I’m optimistic that this settlement agreement and mandatory actions will ensure that citizens of the City of Diamond will not be used solely to generate revenue for the city in the future. This lawsuit and resolution should send a clear message to cities and municipalities: my office will be vigilant in ending taxation by citation - we will not hesitate to take action.”

    In early April, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit against the City of Diamond for allegedly enforcing a ticket quota to generate revenue.

    In pictures taken by a whistleblower familiar with the operations of the City of Diamond and obtained by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, instructions on a whiteboard in the City of Diamond Police Department’s office read: “We R $5,000 B hind issue some tickets RFN (RFN meaning “right [expletive] now”).” An additional message on the whiteboard read “way behind on highway safety enforcement.”

    In the settlement agreement resolving the lawsuit, the City of Diamond admits to the enforcement of a ticket quota. The agreement states, “WHEREAS, the City of Diamond admits that certain actions taken by its chief of police constitute having a policy requiring or encouraging employees to issue a certain number of citations for traffic violations in violation of Missouri Revised Statutes Sections 304.125 and 575.320.1(6).”

    The settlement agreement stipulates that the City of Diamond is required to implement policies or other operating rules to ensure the City is in compliance with Sections 304.125 and 575.320.1(6) RSMo.. The Attorney General’s Office is working diligently with the City of Diamond to ensure that compliance is created and certified in a timely matter.

    Additionally, the agreement mandates the City of Diamond to develop and operate a training program to inform participants both of the legal requirements of 304.125 and 575.320.1(6), RSMo, and the requirements and purpose of Senate Bill 5 in 2015, Senate Bill 572 in 2016, and Senate Bill 765 in 2016. The mayor, the board of aldermen, and the chief of police are required to attend the training. The training must be developed and implemented by July 29, 2019, and certification of completion must be presented to the Attorney General’s Office by August 12, 2019.

    The settlement agreement can be found here.



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