Trained to abuse

An ex-police officer who hit a man with his squad car in 2016 while driving drunk is suing the former Lake County sheriff and the sheriff’s department, court records show.
During his training, Mikulich was “urged to be aggressive, which included violence” and “seeking (to) create situations that would cause individuals to be charged with crimes in order to reach desired quotas for the department”, according to the complaint. Mikulich “began to suffer mental exhaustion” and alerted his superiors, but was told “to just do what he was directed to do or face embarrassing consequences of being demoted or placed in an employment role that was considered punishment”, the complaint states.

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