POSTED: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 5:16pm
UPDATED: Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 5:40pm
Occupy El Paso is a protest against corporate greed.
Some of the people like, Angie Ortega, were downtown protesting this morning because they believe the police are writing excessive traffic tickets because of an alleged quota system here in El Paso.
It's illegal in Texas for departments to expect police officers to write a certain number of tickets.
But, one protestor says El Paso police officers are expected to meet a quota and raise money through traffic fines and court costs.
"Basically allow the city to continue receiving funding, not only from state grant funds but also from the revenue that is created and collected for tickets that are issued illegally when they are working towards quotas," Ortega said.
Today, El Pasoans against ticket quotas are taking a stand with another group of protestors.
"The participants of occupy El Paso who are out here bringing awareness to social injustices by corporate greed and other levels of greed which include for our cause, local and state government greed," Ortega said.
A former El Paso police sergeant told us he was forced to resign because he refused to write enough citations.
These protestors say the city is unfairly raising money at the expense of drivers and they're are demanding change.
"For our local government to put a stop to this and for our state government also to take a good look at what is happening with funds that are coming from our federal government and are being used inappropriately," Ortega said.
The El Paso Police Department says there are no quotas in the department.
However, there is an on-going investigation with some officers who were working a state grant who may have done things that were against policy.
He says action will by taken against any supervisor who makes ticket requirements for an officer.