Legal Aid Society


NYPD Misconduct Cost Taxpayers Nearly $115 Million in 2023

The Legal Aid Society released an analysis of data revealing that the City paid out $114,586,723 million in lawsuits alleging police misconduct for 2023.

Since 2018, these lawsuits have cost taxpayers $548,047,141, and the total payouts for police misconduct are likely substantially higher because these data do not account for matters that were settled prior to formal litigation.

“The staggering amount of money taxpayers have to foot each year to cover alleged NYPD misconduct truly shocks the conscience, and this should enrage all New Yorkers,” said Jennvine Wong, an attorney with the Cop Accountability Project at The Legal Aid Society.

“These payouts, which now total more than half a billion dollars since 2018, are indicative of a system that both refuses and fails to hold offending officers accountable,” she continued. “Rather than investing into public services and social safety nets, taxpayers are continually forced to cover the costs of violent policing.”