A Brooklyn, NY jury declared Friday, February 18, 2011 that New York Police Department officers are motivated by arrest quotas.
AlbanyCrimanalAttorneys.com wrote about speeding ticket quotas being posted in New York City’s 77th precinct. What is groundbreaking is that a New York civil court has decided that the NYPD has a policy of setting arrest quotas for its officers.
It all began with Carolyn Bryant, 46, suing the NYPD for injuring her during a 2006 arrest. She argued that she was hurt when she confronted police who arrested her son for drugs. Charges against her and her son were subsequently dropped.
Jurors decided there was no false arrest of Bryant; and yet they awarded punitive damages. This invalid verdict prompted Bryant to accept a $75,000 out-of-court settlement.
On the issue of whether the police had a policy “regarding the number of arrests officers were to make that violated plaintiff’s constitutional rights and contributed to her arrest” – the panel of six men answered “Yes.”
Capt. Alex Perez of the 81st Precinct, who testified that the number of arrests they make impacts police officers’ performance assessments, influenced the jury’s pioneering decision that the NYPD utilizes arrest quotas.
Legal pundits anxiously wait how this decision will be utilized by NY criminal attorneys in future cases involving the NYPD.
“Other lawyers can now argue convincingly that the issue of quotas has been decided,” said Bryant’s lawyer Seth Harris.
City of New York lawyer Zev Singer insists that the NYPD does not use quotas.