3 Illinois Police Officers Sue, Claim Arrest Quotas

Three patrol officers are suing the Normal Police Department, saying the central Illinois town improperly disciplined them for failing to meet arrest quotas.

The Pantagraph in Bloomington reports the officers filed the lawsuit in McLean County Circuit Court. They say they were disciplined for not meeting a minimum number of arrests per month for traffic, criminal and ordinance violations.

Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner and Normal City Manager Mark Peterson declined comment Wednesday. They said they haven't seen the lawsuit.

Earlier this year the police chief said the department has performance standards but it doesn't have quotas.

The officers are asking for an injunction to end the town's policy on arrest minimums.

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