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Whittier reaches $3 million settlement with police officers

WHITTIER — The Whittier City Council on Tuesday approved a $3 million settlement with six Whittier police officers who claimed the city used illegal quotas for arrests and citations. 

Police officers Joseph Rivera, Jim Azpilicueta, Anthony Gonzalez, Steve Johnson, Nancy Ogle and Mike Rosario filed a lawsuit in 2015, claiming that the police department started a quota system around 2008. 

According to their lawsuit, the police department used arrest quotas as performance benchmarks for officers. Police officers who refused to participate in the quota system received poor performance reviews, according to the suit. 

City officials have denied that a quota system exists.

Whittier city attorney Dick Jones announced the settlement during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

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