Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Like most drivers knew... State Cops had ticket quotas

Among the long list and getting longer, of revelations that have been uncovered by the Globe, this latest affirmation by a convicted State Cop who plead guilty last year to embezzlement in the overtime abuse scandal, confirms what most drivers suspected for decades, cops had quotas for handing out tickets.
Back in 2005, a State Appellate court ruled that the quotas were unconstitutional stemming from a case in Newton. So it's safe to conclude, the practice of ticket quotas has been mandated by superiors and commanders. I would think that lawyers around the state will seek some court time challenging tickets from 2005 to date.
The Governor seems content with the constant attention that is given to the State Police by various media sources. Most of which have uncovered very serious and criminal actions by highly trained and paid law enforcement employee's of the State. The Governor seems content with issuing statements of support from Col Gilpin who has made a commitment to clean up the force.

By Matt Rocheleau Globe Staff  March 19, 2019
Federal prosecutors say troopers from a troubled State Police unit had a quota system for issuing tickets to motorists, a practice that state courts have deemed unconstitutional and agency officials have repeatedly denied exists.
Members of the now-disbanded Troop E were expected to issue at least eight citations during their shifts under a specialized overtime program, which dozens of troopers allegedly abused to collect fraudulent overtime, according to prosecutors.
 “Any failure to issue the required number of citations had to be explained to supervisors and command staff,” prosecutors wrote in a new court filing included in the ongoing overtime case. “Repeated failures to meet this quota often resulted in a trooper being blocked from receiving such overtime opportunities.”
The allegation emerged last week in a sentencing memo for former trooper Eric Chin, who pleaded guilty late last year to embezzlement as part of the federal investigation into overtime abuses at the agency.


At March 21, 2019 at 1:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The governor is doing a terrible job of managing a clearly dishonest group of state employees and since Gilpin has been there now for more than a year I think what does it say about her management that we are still hearing about the bad stuff going on which is apparently going on under her watch also

At March 21, 2019 at 2:04 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

couldn't be any more obvious... when the media prints stories on it. But no amount of shame will get Baker and company to fix it.

At March 21, 2019 at 2:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone see the story this morning in the Globe about the MEs office? So not only are the state police all screwed up the MEs office is also. How many other state agencies are rotten that we have yet to hear about?

At March 21, 2019 at 3:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the question is does any state agency run ethically and economically? I think the answer to that is no.

At March 21, 2019 at 5:21 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

As many of you know, Steph has brought attention to the problems at the ME's office and her sister's death. It is amazing the the Governor doesn't see fit to fully fund the ME's office.

If one agency is run well... I don't know of it.

At March 22, 2019 at 2:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just recently saw the story on your sister-in-law. Seems like you guys dropped the ball here. If you knew she was in danger why didn't you step in? You want to blame everyone else but not yourselves. You left her with someone you knew wanted to murder her and now you want our sympathy because he did murder her? Pretty ballsy of you if you ask me. If the courts have not charged him maybe you need to consider that he is not guilty and stop throwing mud at this guy.

At March 22, 2019 at 3:27 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

I'll bet your not a parent. Most people would agree, it's nearly impossible to FORCE an adult (45) do anything they don't want to, regardless of the obvious dangers. I won't list all the reasons but there's only so much a family member do... to stop the potential of bad things from happening to a loved one. Believe me, the entire family wishes every day that something more could have been done to avoid this.
The family doesn't seek sympathy, just equal justice for all....especially the victim.

At March 22, 2019 at 3:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe justice has already been served. Maybe he did not do anything wrong.

At March 22, 2019 at 4:28 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

he was convicted by a jury and sent to Shirley. I'd say most would agree, he committed the crimes has was charged with.

At March 22, 2019 at 4:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who the hell is this asshole defending the convicted abuser? Get a life.


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