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04.01.15 Liam Mathews

Arrest quotas are illegal in New York State; Commissioner Bill Bratton has spoken out against them. One Staten Island precinct, however, is using a quota system for arrests and has even made a game out of it, a new lawsuit alleges. A dozen officers are suing the city, claiming that they are routinely denied both […]

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04.30.13 Andy Cush

Quotas have been near the center of the debate about stop-and-frisk since the federal trial of the controversial NYPD practice began. If commanding officers are enforcing numerical goals for arrests, tickets, and stops (and they are), goes the plaintiffs’  line of argument, then that would incentivize officers on the street to stop a person even […]

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03.19.13 Andy Cush

Audio evidence in the federal case against the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practice, obtained by the Nation, confirms that the NYPD enforces arrest quotas, and that they are supported by the police officers’ union. In the tape, a union delegate can be heard saying, “I spoke to the CO [commanding officer] for about an hour-and-a-half. 20-and-1. 20-and-1 is what the […]

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