A judge has finalized a lawsuit ordering the NYPD to payout $75 million for writing nearly one million bogus summonses to reach quotas.
NY Daily News reports that the lawsuit alleged that NYPD officers wrote 900,000 summonses between 2007 and 2015. The summonses were written for small, subjective infractions ranging from disorderly conduct to drinking in public. Most of which were dismissed because they weren’t legally justifiable.
To give you an idea of how silly some of these summonses were, Sharif Stinson, the lead plaintiff in the class action lawsuit, received two summonses in 2010 for trespassing and disorderly conduct after leaving his aunt’s apartment in the Bronx. Unlike tickets that can simply be paid, or not, getting a summons mandates that you appear before a judge. Meaning that you’re likely going to have to call off of work or just disrupt your general quality of life.
Unlike tickets that can simply be paid, or not, getting a summons mandates that you appear before a judge. Meaning that you’re likely going to have to call off of work, get a lawyer or just disrupt your general quality of life to go to court.
The lawsuit also alleged that the NYPD destroyed evidence and emails pertaining to the quotas.
Twenty-five percent of the payout is expected to go towards legal fees. The rest of the money will be dispersed among people who received summonses. Eligible payees will have their funds capped off at $150.