Between 2006 and 2012, complaints of New York Police Department misconduct jumped 150 percent to an all-time high of 5,601 in 2012, Al Jazeera America reported. Those complaints are expensive, too. The city pays roughly $45 million every year to settle claims or pay plaintiffs who win in trial.
While it’s not the most expensive line item among all the kinds of settlements the city must pay out (medical malpractice tops the list), alleged police misconduct is the top claim type filed against New York City.
The information comes amidst the aftermath of a New York City grand jury’s decision not to indict Daniel Pantaleo, the police officer who choked Eric Garner. In October, Garner’s family announced plans to file a $75 million suit against New York City over his death.
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