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NYPD Tort Cases

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bob Hennelly, WNYC senior reporter, discusses his reporting on lawsuit settlements by the New York Police Department, which last year paid $136 million in settlements.

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Comments [7]

Joe the plumber from Bklyn,

Brian,bob ,leo;
It seems to me that these men&women join the force to up hold the constitution and the first thing they learn is how to brake it.

Jun. 25 2011 11:20 AM
RBC from FiDi

This is simple: If the police learn the constitution and follow the law, this problem goes away. As long as the police continue to violate citizen's rights, the NYPD will experience the consequences.

Jun. 14 2011 05:53 PM
Andrew Stoll from Brooklyn

I am Andrew Stoll, the partner of attorney Leo Glickman, who was quoted in the piece. The ultimate conclusion of the piece- that the city is ignoring the opportunity for improvement presented by the data the lawsuits provide- is appreciated. There seems to be a subtle dig, however, at the financial incentives of the attorneys. These incentives, however, are positive: It is the "private attorneys general" theory that provides incentives for lawyers to take on cases that otherwise would provide little or no financial return. Everyone is better off when attorneys are willing to take on relatively minor, but all too common, constitutional violations. At our firm, we are thrilled to make a living taking on the repeat offender cops that turn our clients into second class citizens in their own neighborhoods.

Jun. 14 2011 04:41 PM
john from office

Brian these are allegations. How many of these cases are dismissed.

More tying the hands of the police.

Jun. 14 2011 11:44 AM
Merrill Clark from Summit, NJ

I filed a complaint after seeing NYPD three plainsclothes cops unnecessarily rough up a guy in arresting him. I was threatened with arrest by the three goons. I received one phone call confirming my filing and nothing more.

Jun. 14 2011 11:42 AM
Smokey from LES

Wouldn't the money to hire all these new lawyers be better spent training cops to obey the law and respect the citizens so that they wouldn't incur these suits?

Jun. 14 2011 11:40 AM
The Truth from Becky

$136 that is MILLION in lawsuit settlements! Clearly the officers are doing something wrong.

Jun. 14 2011 11:38 AM

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