Law Dept. Launches Unit to Defend State Torts Against NYPD

, New York Law Journal


Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo has announced a new unit to fight the excessive force, false arrest and malicious prosecution actions it views as weak on the merits, mirroring an initiative it put into place to fight, instead of settle, similar cases filed in federal court.

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  • Michael

    So, dopey Corp. Counsel, having been inundated with so many lawsuits against the NYPD, instead of perhaps asking Mayor McCheese and CommISH Kelly to review police procedures, versus the reality of how individual officers act in reality, HAD TO CREATE A WHOLE NEW UNIT in his office, to handle the huge caseload? Wowsers. When even the City Attorneys are refusing to re-evaluate police procedure, the mayor and top cop refuse to re-evaluate police procedure (even spend millions with RAND and other pseudo-think tanks/research entities to rubber stamp the Mayors/Commisioner's viewpoints) THEN THERE IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM IN NYC. Obviously, the elite/rich are handled with kid gloves by the NYPD, while WE THE WORKING CLASS and the poor, ARE TREATED AS BAD OR WORSE THAN ACTUAL CRIMINALS. At least during the Reign of Gooliani, his ESU and NYPD were smart enough to ONLY STOP AND FRISK SUSPECTS....not every dark skinned person they see (or us light skinned people who happen to live in mostly minority neighborhoods). The 'settle quick and make 'em sign confidentiality agreements approach' has bankrupted us, yet they still blame fat and poor people as to why the city is bleeding money. Start making the ACTUAL OFFICERS and perhaps even their union monkey heads, pay into the settlement, and I bet you start seeing extremely COURTEOUS OFFICERS, instead of the bullies with a badge. How sad that Bloomturd's peeon would rather waste millions fighting brutality and other criminal acts by police, INSTEAD OF TACKLING THE PROBLEM HEAD ON WITH BETTER TRAINING.

  • Avon

    Before this article goes into the archives, or even into print, you need to change the captions of the chart colors/lines.
    No way you can show "settlements in millions" by a number between 2,000 and 4,600 ... the City hasn't paid out $5 billion a year in settlements. The phrase "settlements in millions" should label the two-digit dollar numbers instead of the thousand-count data!

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