Missouri attorney general sues city of Diamond over traffic ticket quotas

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.