According to a Stanford Institute project called “The Open Policing Project” which examined over 100 million police traffic stops.
The study showed that “police pull over more than 50,000 drivers on a typical day, more than 20 million motorists every year.”
Does that mean that 50,000 people are breaking the law every day? Is there an epidemic of lawbreakers on our streets? Of course not, so why are police stopping 20 million motorists every year.
Police across the country don’t just ticket millions of Americans every year; they’re also questioning them.
Unfortunately the “Open Policing Project” doesn’t mention how many passengers are stopped and questioned by police every year.
Most People travel with someone, so it’s fair to say police are stopping and questioning approximately 40 million motorists every year.
Police are also using at least fifteen different types of checkpoints to stop and question motorists.
In what country would it be acceptable to stop and question millions of people? Certainly not America the land of the free, right?
For years, police have had to meet ticket quotas during their shifts. A Google search for “do police have quotas” returned over 5 million hits and a Google search for “police ticket quotas 2017” returned close to 6 million hits.
In 2015, a Boston Globe story said: “Traffic ticket quotas are real.”
“Officers were told to issue more revenue-generating tickets. Office Tom Delaney said that officers who didn’t operate under the system wouldn’t get overtime assignments and other perks.”
It’s the same story across the country.
Police departments send text messages to officers on the road reminding them to reach their quotas during their shifts. In 2015, an NYPD officer claimed he was texted about not meeting ticket quotas and denied a night off. And a recent story in the Advocate revealed that police deleted every text message to keep the public from reading their texts.