Legal Aid Society


NYPD Misconduct Lawsuits Have Cost Taxpayers Over $50 Million So Far This Year

The Legal Aid Society has released an analysis of data revealing that the City paid out $50,523,914 million in lawsuits alleging police misconduct from January 1, 2023, to July 28, 2023, as reported by the New York Daily News.

At this rate, payouts for the entirety of 2023 could balloon to roughly $100 million, and surpass payout amounts for calendar years 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Total payouts for police misconduct are likely to be substantially higher because these data do not account for matters that were settled with the New York City Comptroller’s office prior to formal litigation.

“In only seven months, the City has shelled out over $50 million to compensate New Yorkers who were brutalized by the NYPD, wrongfully arrested and detained, and more,” said Jennvine Wong, staff attorney with the Cop Accountability Project at The Legal Aid Society.

“This culture of impunity cannot continue, and we implore recently appointed Commissioner Edward Caban to prove to New Yorkers that NYPD will finally take the steps needed to truly hold officers accountable who infringe on the rights of our clients,” she continued. “Anything less will only perpetuate this suffering with taxpayers footing the bill.”