NYPD whistleblowers say quotas are forcing them to make bogus, racist stops, summonses and arrests.March 27, 2013 |
Last week, NYPD whistleblowers Adhyl Polanco and Pedro Serrano, who secretly recorded supervisors demanding that officers fill quotas, testified in federal court that they were forced to violate the law to meet numbers. “We were handcuffing kids for no reason,” Polanco testified. The two officers are testifying in a class-action suit targeting the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy.
Quotas for NYPD activity are illegal under New York labor law, but secretly recorded roll calls reveal supervisors pushing officers to get “20-and 1,” meaning 20 summonses and 1 arrest per month. Monthly quotas also required five “250s,” or street stops.
“There’s a difference between” the department’s policies on paper and “what goes on out there,” in real life, Polanco told the court.
See this. The last line, delivered by the black woman, deserves to be on a T-shirt.