NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – City data shows the city paid nearly $69 million in misconduct settlements in 2019 for the over 1,000 lawsuits filed against the NYPD.
The lawsuits included excessive use of force, wrongful arrest and imprisonment, malicious prosecution and more.
The NYPD had 1,383 lawsuits filed against it in 2019, according to the data. The total amount paid out doesn’t include cases settled out of court—likely hundreds more cases.
“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,” Corey Stoughton, the attorney-in-charge at the Legal Aid Society, told the Daily News.
Stoughton said in a statement that the state’s police secrecy law should be repealed so that more information on what the NYPD is or is not doing about it can be released.
“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,” Stoughton said.