NYPD Record-Keeping Is Conveniently Shoddy

July 6, 2015 | Liam Mathews

Attorney Elinor Sutton, who is leading a class action suit against the city seeking restitution for the hundreds of thousands of unnecessary summonses issued by the NYPD in order to meet unlawfully imposed quotas, accuses the NYPD of systematically destroying evidence that relates to summonses in documents filed last week, the Daily News reports. Attorneys for the city have not presented one email from former Commissioner Ray Kelly and four other top NYPD officers that contains the word “summons” during the past eight years, which Sutton says indicates that the NYPD deleted evidence.

“It is simply not tenable that Commissioner Kelly and Chief Esposito did not — in the entire period of 2007 through the present — write or receive emails using terms” related to the word “summons,” Sutton writes, according to the Daily News.

Other documents presented in court show text messages and emails from superior officers admonishing subordinates for not meeting quotas.

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