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Missouri mayor responds to lawsuit over ticket quotas

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The mayor of a Missouri city that’s being sued for allegedly using traffic ticket quotas says the city will investigate.

Mayor Brenda Schmitt in a Friday statement said the City of Diamond is in contact with the state Attorney General’s Office and will take any corrective action proposed by the office.

Attorney General Eric Schmitt sued the city on Thursday. He’s not related to the mayor.

The lawsuit alleges that Diamond’s police chief wrote on a white board that the city was $5,000 behind. The note instructed officers to write tickets “now.”

Schmitt sponsored legislation during his time in the state Senate that banned ticket quotas. Schmitt says that people “should not be used as ATMs.’

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