Officials in Morristown, New Jersey, have been pressuring police officers to issue parking and traffic tickets to make up for revenue losses during the virus scare. That was the claim made in a new lawsuit filed in state court by the Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local Number 43.
“The members of PBA 43, the Morristown police officers, have been directed to engage in an illegal ticket quota system used to fund the operations of Morristown Township at the expense of citizens and motorists traveling through Morristown Township,” attorney Charles J. Sciarra wrote. “In this trying time of a pandemic the defendant is seeking to punish the residents of Morristown to balance their budget.”
The suit accuses town administrator Jillian Barrick of urging the department to fill in for revenue gaps with increased ticketing. The department’s top brass quickly followed that order.