Loitering Settlement

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

McGregor Smyth, managing attorney in the civil action practice at Bronx Defenders, discusses the recent class action suit around improper loitering violations.


McGregor Smyth

Comments [4]


Oh goody, a bunch of homeless druggies receive another bonanza on the backs of working taxpayers.

Wonder how much the altruistic Mr. McGregor and his fellow attorneys will be paid in fees out of this settlement.

Feb. 21 2012 05:43 PM
McGregor from the Bronx

Thanks for the comments and for having me on the show!

People who think they are in the class may call 1-800-846-0798 toll-free (or 718-874-6000) or visit for more information and to ensure that we have their current address.

For those interested either in learning more or taking action, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) is an unprecedented campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York. CPR brings together community members from all walks of life and all five boroughs with lawyers, researchers, and activists to work for change. The campaign will launch next week with events around New York City. Visit the campaign website at to learn more.

Feb. 21 2012 01:55 PM
Amy from Manhattan

$5,000 maximum? That's not enough to compensate for time spent in jail or losing a chance at a job.

I hope there'll also be outreach to educate people on their rights, because I wouldn't be surprised if this practice doesn't stop completely.

Feb. 21 2012 11:48 AM
Leo from queens.

This is just frustrating that this agency is not being managed and that there is no accountability whatsoever - there is no accountability for the NYPD leadership including the commissioner as well as the elected officials.
This agency is supposed to work under the supervision of the mayor and City Council - They have failed their duties..
Why aren't there crimincal charges for Civil rights violations against the mayor and city council president?
This guy is right - This is not about an arrest it's about extorting money from people that wont' fight it and it's about the criminal record and the long term rammifications on ability to get a job and an education and housting.

Feb. 21 2012 11:37 AM

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