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New York City taxpayer tab for NYPD misconduct so far this year: Nearly $68 million
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: August 04, 2022 08:38PM
this is not opinion this is cold hard cash facts

New York City taxpayer tab for NYPD misconduct so far this year: Nearly $68 million
[www.nydailynews.com]
New York City taxpayers paid out nearly $68 million to resolve alleged police misconduct lawsuits in the first seven months of 2022, putting the city on pace for more than $100 million in payouts by year’s end, The Legal Aid Society said Thursday.

The total so far this year already exceeds all the city payouts in 2020, and appeared almost certain to eclipse the totals for 2019 and 2021, the group said in a release based on its analysis of data through July 26.

“The sad truth is that while the city doles out tens of millions of dollars each year on police misconduct lawsuits, the overwhelming majority of the officers involved in these lawsuits likely received only a slap on the wrist, if any discipline at all,” said Jennvine Wong, staff attorney with the society’s special litigation unit.

Among the largest of the settlements included was the $12 million payout involving two officers sued for leaving a young city resident paralyzed, according to Legal Aid. One of the pair remains on duty at the 72nd Precinct, the group said.

Records indicated a second $12 million settlement in May involving the case of Pablo Fernandez, wrongfully convicted for 1996 for a homicide that he did not commit. He served more than two decades in prison before his release, and the charges were ultimately dismissed.

A third lawsuit, brought by a dozen legal observers sent to document police behavior in the Bronx during the 2020 George Floyd protests, led to a payout of nearly $50,000 this year.

The city was also on the hook for legal fees that could total hundreds of thousands of dollars in the “kettling” incident where protesters were blocked from moving by police — who then violently arrested them once the 8 p.m. curfew arrived, according to advocacy groups.

The multi-million dollar total does not include cases settled with the city comptroller’s office prior to formal litigation.

“Simply put, officers who commit egregious acts of misconduct should not be allowed to patrol our clients’ neighborhoods,” said Wong.

The city’s “inaction” in dealing with officers who commit misconduct furthers “the culture of impunity that thrives at precincts throughout New York City” and “costs taxpayers millions of dollars that would be better spent on services for vulnerable communities,” Wong said.

The Police Benevolent Association had no comment on the report, although the NYPD issued a statement noting this year’s numbers were “skewed by four cases” that accounted for 70% of the grand total.

“The remaining 30% is more accurately aligned with settlements of previous years, which have steadily declined since 2017,” the NYPD said.

Stefan Mooklal, Deputy Chief of Staff for the NYC Law Department, noted “the city’s settlement totals fluctuate year to year.” Asked specifically about the $12 million NYPD case involving the paralyzed victim, he said: “This settlement was in the best interest of both parties.



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Re: New York City taxpayer tab for NYPD misconduct so far this year: Nearly $68 million
Posted by: pdq
Date: August 04, 2022 08:56PM
Much the same has been seen in Minneapolis, which is (IIRC) self-insured. Many millions of dollars in numerous civil settlements which could have gone to, oh I don’t know, better salaries for better police.

One would think the police union would be pissed too.
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Re: New York City taxpayer tab for NYPD misconduct so far this year: Nearly $68 million
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: August 05, 2022 10:12AM
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One would think the police union would be pissed too.

Why?

Their clients keep their jobs while the taxpayers pick up the tab for their misconduct.

Win-win!
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Re: New York City taxpayer tab for NYPD misconduct so far this year: Nearly $68 million
Posted by: pdq
Date: August 05, 2022 12:54PM
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One would think the police union would be pissed too.

Why?

Their clients keep their jobs while the taxpayers pick up the tab for their misconduct.

Win-win!

Well, yeah, but they could prolly make a really fat holiday bonus for all the policemen if they didn’t have to keep paying out big bucks for what they do.
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Re: New York City taxpayer tab for NYPD misconduct so far this year: Nearly $68 million
Posted by: JoeH
Date: August 05, 2022 02:09PM
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pdq
One would think the police union would be pissed too.

Why?

Their clients keep their jobs while the taxpayers pick up the tab for their misconduct.

Win-win!

Well, yeah, but they could prolly make a really fat holiday bonus for all the policemen if they didn’t have to keep paying out big bucks for what they do.

$100 million split over the number of officers NYC has would not be that big of a bonus, less than $3000 each. Officers can make much more in overtime, especially covering for some officer riding a desk during an investigation.
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Re: New York City taxpayer tab for NYPD misconduct so far this year: Nearly $68 million
Posted by: RgrF
Date: August 05, 2022 02:33PM
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pdq
One would think the police union would be pissed too.

Why?

Their clients keep their jobs while the taxpayers pick up the tab for their misconduct.

Win-win!

Well, yeah, but they could prolly make a really fat holiday bonus for all the policemen if they didn’t have to keep paying out big bucks for what they do.

Realistically that money was never going to find it's way into police pockets, they know that.
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Re: New York City taxpayer tab for NYPD misconduct so far this year: Nearly $68 million
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 05, 2022 10:25PM
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pdq
One would think the police union would be pissed too.

Why?

Their clients keep their jobs while the taxpayers pick up the tab for their misconduct.

Win-win!

Well, yeah, but they could prolly make a really fat holiday bonus for all the policemen if they didn’t have to keep paying out big bucks for what they do.

$100 million split over the number of officers NYC has would not be that big of a bonus, less than $3000 each. Officers can make much more in overtime, especially covering for some officer riding a desk during an investigation.

Right. in these parts, it's the game of let's not hire too many officers because the status quo equates to the current officers getting a surplus of overtime.
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