Los Angeles to settle ticket-quota suit for $6M

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles will pay nearly $6 million to settle lawsuits by 11 police officers who claimed they were punished for failing to meet or objecting to traffic ticket quotas.

Police Chief Charlie Beck says the City Council on Tuesday approved settlements of two lawsuits brought by current and former officers.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1iUvrI1 ) says motorcycle officers in the West Traffic Division claimed they were required to write at least 18 tickets each shift and were reprimanded, denied overtime and given bad schedules if they objected.

Two other officers won $2 million in a separate lawsuit in 2011.

In a statement, Chief Beck says the LAPD has productivity goals for traffic officers but he denies the LAPD has traffic ticket quotas, which are illegal under state law.