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NYPD Officer: Police Brass Dictate Stops, Arrests

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Audio tapes made by a New York City police officer about arrest numbers have been played during a trial challenging police use of stop and frisk.

Officer Adhyl Polanco says he was told he needed 20 summonses, five street stops and one arrest per month. He says it didn't matter whether the stops were done properly.

Polanco testified Wednesday at a federal trial challenging the constitutionality of some street stops made by police. Lawyers played audio tapes he recorded to prove he was being told to make arrests.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs want to show that officers are not stopping people for valid reasons.

The lawsuit seeks a court-appointed monitor to oversee changes to how the police make stops.

A federal judge will rule on whether the department must make changes.

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