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Lawsuit over Missouri city's ticket quota settled

By The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The city of Marshfield and the Missouri Attorney General's office have settled a lawsuit that alleged the city enforced a traffic ticket quota system to raise revenue.

The settlement announced Thursday requires Marshfield to develop procedures to comply with traffic ticket quota laws. It also must establish a training program, which the city's mayor, board of alderman and police chief must attend by Oct. 1.

Attorney General Eric Schmitt sued Marshfield in December, alleging that the police chief required officers to write at least 16 tickets a month and posted officers’ statistics to the agency bulletin board beginning in 2018.

Since the lawsuit and a change in elected officials, Marshfield has worked to end the quota system and eliminated a traffic enforcement position that was added last year, according to the settlement.

Marshfield is about 27 miles east of Springfield.

The attorney general's office will review the city's policies and procedures in a year to ensure compliance with the settlement.

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.

Schmitt sponsored the ticket quota legislation while he was a state senator.