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US New data shows $69 million paid by city in 2019 to settle suits against NYPD

10:15  02 february  2020
10:15  02 february  2020 Source:   nydailynews.com

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The city doled out nearly million just last year alone to settle lawsuits against its litigation NYPD Sgt. David Grieco has been named in more than 30 suits , costing city more than 0,000 in This data does not include matters which were settled outside of court between New Yorkers and the

The settlement stems from a 2010 class-action suit that alleged the New York Police Department rewarded officers for arresting people and issuing summonses, or tickets for low-level infractions, many of which were later dismissed for being legally unjustified.

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The city doled out nearly $70 million last year alone to settle lawsuits against its litigation magnet police department, according to municipal data.

The settlement surge was the result of roughly 1,400 lawsuits that were filed against the NYPD for alleged misconduct. The accusations include excessive use of force, assault, wrongful arrest and imprisonment and malicious prosecution.

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The Police Department and the police unions said some of the lawsuits were frivolous, but could be used to undermine officers’ credibility. “This database is clearly to help guilty criminals beat the charges against them,” Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said in

The checks the city signed in 2019 were for $30 million more than it paid out the year before for the same alleged offenses.

This data does not include matters which were settled outside of court between New Yorkers and the city, which could amount to hundreds of individual cases or more, according to the Legal Aid Society of New York.

“An epidemic of misconduct within the New York City Police Department continues to cost New York City taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year,” said Corey Stoughton, Attorney-in-Charge of the Special Litigation Unit of the Criminal Defense Practice at The Legal Aid Society.

“Yet Police Secrecy Law 50a denies us data about how and why that misconduct occurs and what the NYPD is doing — or more to the point, not doing — about it.”

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Stoughton urged Albany lawmakers to repeal the law so that New Yorkers can hold officers who commit misconduct accountable and develop solutions that prevent misconduct.

Among the lawsuits settled last year were two involving Sgt. David Grieco, 49, who has been named in more than 30 suits, costing city more than $600,000 in settlements, according to records.

Grieco joined the NYPD 14 years ago, and has since racked up lawsuits from when he was an officer, then a detective, and worked at the 75th Precinct in East New York, where residents nicknamed him “Bullethead.”

Grieco has been lauded by police for getting guns off the street, and vilified by both those who have accused him of illegal searches, and their lawyers.

Two of those of those lawsuits, totaling $113,5000, were paid out last year.

The Legal Aid Society, which tracks police misconduct suits, said the NYPD is the only place where you can be sued as much as Grieco and keep your job.

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The lawsuit had accused the city ’s police and prosecutors of false arrest, malicious prosecution and a racially motivated conspiracy to deprive the men of their civil rights, allegations which the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg denied and fought vigorously for more than a decade in federal court.

City Hall’s official tally of NYPD lawsuit settlements is woefully incomplete — and fails to account for From January through March, 286 suits filed against the NYPD over alleged police misconduct were settled for a The data also doesn’t include suits that are more than five years old — of which

Grieco, meanwhile is the target of yet another suit after gun charges linked to a Brooklyn car stop were dismissed because of an alleged illegal search.

The man driving the car, Pierre Wood — who until then had no arrest record and who says his brush with the law cost him his job — is suing Grieco and other officers involved in the Oct. 23, 2018 stop.

“When I saw Sergeant Grieco’s name on the allegations I was shocked that this officer, who has a demonstrated history of violating the constitutional rights of countless New Yorkers, was again being relied upon by both the NYPD and the District Attorney’s office," said Debora Silberman, Wood’s’ lawyer. "Not only should District Attorney’s offices across New York City stop prosecuting cases brought to them by Sergeant Grieco, he should also no longer be employed by the NYPD where he is free to abuse New Yorkers with impunity.”

An NYPD representative did not respond to a request for comment.

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