LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Two Los Angeles police officers are suing the city, alleging they were victims of a backlash for not complying with, and for speaking out against, what they maintain were unlawful arrest and citation quotas.
North Hollywood division Officers Michael Marciano and Andrew Cota filed the lawsuit Monday, May 2, in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging the LAPD’s actions are a violation of the state Labor Code. They seek unspecified damages.
An LAPD representative declined to comment on the suit.
According to the complaint, the alleged quotas were imposed by the LAPD on two different occasions. The officers reported the alleged policy to “people above them in the chain of command,” the suit states. Marciano and Cota did so taking into consideration their rights, those of other officers and the public, according to the complaint.
“For refusing to meet the unlawful quota, and for speaking out against it, plaintiffs were retaliated against,” the suit states.
Beginning in 2015, the officers were subjected to negative counseling sessions, threats of transfer, poor performance evaluations, orders keeping them from working together as partners and a denial of their preferred days off, the suit alleges. They were ultimately labeled a “risk management issue,” the suit states.
“This has caused damage to their professional reputations, their ability to promote, their ability to be selected for other units … and will adversely affect their income and their pension and other benefits,” the suit states.
The alleged quota requirements continue to the present, the suit alleges. Marciano joined the LAPD in 2008 and Cota a year later, the suit states.