City of Washington settles out of court with former police officer

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 | 8:20 a.m. CDT; updated 9:57 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 17, 2010

WASHINGTON, Mo. — The city has reached a settlement with a former police officer who said he was fired because he complained about the department's ticket quotas.

Under the out-of-court settlement, the city will pay Randall Messina $100,000. The city council approved the settlement Monday.

Messina sued Washington in federal court in April 2008, saying his free speech rights were violated. In his complaint, Messina alleged that city officials sought a police ticket-quota system to counter falling city revenue. He said the quotas were for arrests, written reports and tickets.

City officials have maintained Messina was fired in 2008 for insubordination after he criticized the alleged quotas on television.


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