The Legal Aid Society released an analysis of data revealing that the City paid out $67,663,389 million in lawsuits alleging police misconduct from January 1 to July 26, 2022, as reported by Gothamist.
This amount surpasses the $62,093,491 paid out in all of 2020 and only falls roughly 624,000 short of the payout for the entirety of 2019. At this rate, the City potentially payout over $115 million for calendar year 2022.
One of the largest payouts this period involves NYPD officers Pedro Rodriguez and Pavel N. Kuznetsov, who were sued for leaving a young New Yorker paralyzed, according to a lawsuit that settled for $12 million this past July.
“Everything we know about police misconduct points to this conclusion that culture is what drives this problem and that a small number of officers who commit repeated misconduct create a culture that spreads misconduct,” said Corey Stoughton, Attorney-in-Charge of the Special Litigation Unit for Legal Aid’s Criminal Defense Practice. “Interrupting that cycle is critical to changing the patterns of policing that we see in New York City.”
Last Updated: 4 August 2022
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